Paonia senior Ethan Bartlett shattered his own school cross country record at the Pantherfest Invitational Cross Country meet with a time of 16 minutes, 27.84 seconds. His time gave him a ninth-place finish out of a field of 112 runners.
A fourth-year cross country runner for Paonia, Bartlett broke the 2013 school record of 17:08.68 at the Sept. 22 Anna Banana meet with a time of 16:52.55.
Friday's cool weather seemed to provide perfect conditions for a cross country meet. Every Paonia runner ran his fastest race of the season and several set new personal records at the Pantherfest, said head coach Brandi Sparks.
Harley Ewert placed 45th with a season-best time of 18:1033, Alyster Birk placed 58th (18:32.11), Logan Green placed 62nd (18:35.48, and Alejandro Garcia placed 72nd (18:57.06. Calvin Reese, Jose Mojarro, Aiden Zerr and Zeb Etter also ran their best time of the season.
The Paonia girls placed seventh overall and were the highest-placing 2A team at the 21-team meet. Katya Schwieterman was the first Class 2A runner to finish the 5,000-meter course with a season- and personal-best time of 20:08.95 to place 23rd; Tawny Roberts placed 28th in 20:19.7 and freshman Sofia Gonzalez had her best time of the year to place 59th with a personal best time of 22:34.4, a full 63 seconds ahead of her previous best time.
Christina Rankin placed 60th (23:05.36), Jade Ellenberger 64th (23:34.47), Abby Reedy 69th (24:11.64), and Mikayla Wiley finished in 30:26.79 -- 2 minutes, 22 seconds faster than her prior best time set a week earlier at Sweitzer Lake.
Paonia will run this Saturday at the Montrose Relays, a fun day of running traditionally held the week before regional competition.