Andrew Tiedeman wasted no time in taking the lead at Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational Cross Country Meet. The Hotchkiss junior edged farther and farther away from the pack and was all alone when he crossed the finish line in a record-setting 17 minutes, 59.17 seconds.
"It's been a goal since the beginning of the year," said Tiedeman, a second-year runner for Hotchkiss, to get the win and course record. Last year he finished second with a time of 19:04.
Tiedeman said he was pushed for about the first quarter mile by Hayden Cook of Montrose, but took a comfortable lead once he headed out across the dobies. "I knew I could outlast him," said Tiedeman, who used his knowledge of the hilly course, considered one of the most challenging in the state, to pace himself. "This is where we train, and I know what it's like."
Tiedeman said he wasn't sure if his pace could break the course record of 18:08, but with no one pushing him, he pressured himself. "When I would slow down, I'd just say, 'Pick it up, pick it up,'" said Tiedeman. As he neared the finish line he saw on the race clock that he was ahead of the record, and kicked into high gear. "That was the goal," said Tiedeman. "I was looking for that record."
Cook finished almost a minute back to place second and teammate Mark Allen was third. The Indians won the team title with 11 points.
Hotchkiss junior Tyrell Clock finished in 19:13.7 — more than a minute ahead of his 2012 time — to place fourth. Bryce Homme finished in 20:31.2 to place 14th, and Zack Allen and Will Drbohlav finished in the top 30. Hotchkiss scored 17 team points to place second.
The Hotchkiss girls finished with six runners in the top 20 to win the meet. Senior Natalie Anderson claimed the third home win of her career with a time of 20:53. Anderson will graduate with the course record of 20:06, which she set in 2010.
Sophomore Mae Anderson ran head to head with Delta sophomore Mykayla Music until the final stretch. Music had a small lead on Anderson as they headed down the final hill toward the finish. But Anderson said once she started downhill, she picked up her pace and left Music in the dust, finishing second in 21:50.34; Music finished third in 21:58.72.
Sophia Schelle finished fifth (22:53.09), Katy Parsons 10th (23:34.19), and Tiffany Clock placed 14th in 24:06.7. Nilam Hypio and Tia Clock finished in the top 30.
Tiedeman was already looking ahead to this Saturday's Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational at Connected Lakes State Park. Because of its relatively moderate terrain, and because the competition is steep, it's a great place to set personal records, said Tiedeman, who placed 15th out of 147 runners in 2012. For Tiedeman, it could offer an opportunity to break the 16-minute mark, especially after a record-setting run on one of the toughest courses in the state. The Connected Lakes course record, set in 2012, is 16:03.2.blog comments powered by Disqus