Ever since Natalie Anderson and Jennifer Celis started running for Hotchkiss in 2010, the Hotchkiss girls' cross country team has dominated almost every meet, regardless of class, and finished no less than second at state. Last year, after moving from Class 3A to 2A, the team of Anderson, Celis, Sophia Schelle, Mae Anderson and Tiffany Clock ran to the school's first state cross country title.
Three of the five runners finished in the top 10, and all finished in the top 25.
The girls' team didn't have any seniors last season, and all of the 2012 state champion runners are returning.
Also returning for the Lady Bulldogs are seniors Laura Edigi and Nilam Hypio and sophomore Katie Parsons.Junior Tia Clock also joins the team. She and sister Tiffany are triplets, and their brother, Tyrell, is a returning state qualifier on the boys' team.
"We have a good nucleus of runners," said head coach Kelly Cowan.
In addition to Tyrell Clock, four other members of the 2012 boys' team return this season, led by Andrew Tiedeman. As a sophomore and first-year runner, Tiedeman led last year's boys' team at state with a 10th-place finish.
The boys finished fourth with 53 points. State qualifier and junior Bryce Homme also returns, as do second-year runners and sophomores Andrew Oviedo and Will Drbohlav.
While Tiedeman is the strongest runner on the team, "Ty is way ahead of last year," in terms of conditioning and speed, said Cowan. "He has improved so much."
Hotchkiss also picked up freshman Zach Allen.
It's a small team, said Cowan, "But it's a good number (of runners) to have. Easy to keep track of."
Hotchkiss has a competitive schedule that includes the Battle Mountain Invitational on Sept. 7, and the Chris Severy meet at Aspen on Oct. 5. They will open the season this Friday at the Delta Invitational at Confluence Park. The girls' team will be defending its 2012 meet win, with start time scheduled for 2 p.m.
The boys' team will attempt to better last year's second-place finish.
Starting time is 2:45 p.m. JV and middle school races will follow the varsity races, and the meet will finish with an open citizens race at 5:30 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus