The size of this meet took a big hit with everyone traveling over the mountains to Colorado Springs. It's difficult to recall any year when the numbers at this meet were this small. But, there were still things worth learning coming out of this meet.
Greg Eccher, Charlie Medina, and Sam Videlock make a very nice 1-2-3 for Grand Junction, but the Tigers appear to be a little thin in depth this fall. Here's hoping the pieces come together for them. By the way, coaching at Grand Junction this fall is Kim Dobson. In case you missed it, Kim Dobson is the one who took eight minutes off the all-time record for women at the Pikes Peak Ascent less than a month ago. This is probably one school where you can't lose your coach on a training run.
Do check out the 3-5-7 finish for Cody Bartlett, Andrew Tiedemann, and Kurt Katzdorn of Hotchkiss. Unlike Grand Junction, Hotchkiss only needs three in 2A. I do believe this result marks Hotchkiss as a legitimate threat in 2A.
Clarissa and Cleo Whiting are up to old tricks on the girls side. I wonder if they ever decide between themselves who is going to win the races. .08 of a second between the two is probably a hand-timing exaggeration of the actual separation at the finish line.
Behind the Whitings, things are looking good for the Hotchkiss girls, who went 3-4-5 at this one. Mae Anderson is a freshman and a nice complement to the already-verified talents of Natalie Anderson and Jennifer Celis. We are not, however, surprised that Hotchkiss will be a contender in 2A girls. It just seems now, though, that we know the identity of the #3 for Hotchkiss. Bear in mind, however, that the gap between Hotchkiss and Paonia is not all that great, and Paonia clearly has some girls who can run as well.
The rest of the western slope has a good deal of catching up to do.