A new course greeted runners at this year's edition of the Husky Invitational hosted by Battle Mountain High School. The competition was held on the adjacent properties of Homestake Peak School and the Eagle Vail Par 3 Golf Course. How meet director and Battle Mountain coach Rob Parrish was able to procure a golf course on a Saturday of a holiday weekend, in the mountains no less, is beyond me.
There was certainly a hint of autumn in the air on this first day of September, as a nippy breeze and overcast skies greeted the athletes, coaches, and spectators upon arrival. The faintest glint of gold shone through on some of the aspen trees high above the course. Thankfully, the breeze died down and the clouds lifted allowing spectators to shed their Patagonias and the athletes to experience gorgeous conditions for racing.
The meet was larger this year than in years past, presumably because this will be the site for the 4A Region 1 Meet come mid-October. Therefore several teams from that region were on hand to preview the course. In addition, a number of teams from the Front Range made the trek up I-70 to enjoy a glorious day of cross country in the high country. Likely the fact that this new course, though still challenging, was not the brutal grinder of years past also contributed to the influx of teams.
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