Platte Canyon boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Lake County Panther cross country meet, Saturday, Sept. 5. The meet was held in Leadville.

There were 13 teams at the meet. They were Antonio, Bayfield, Buena Vista, Clear Creek, Custer County, Denver North, Green Mountain, Kent Denver, Lake County, Littleton, The Pinnacle, Platte Canyon and Severance.

The girls finished sixth and the boys finished eighth.

 For the girls, Emma Dikken was 29th with a time of 27:25.7. Hannah Grover was 33rd with a time of 29:18.9. Ily Hardey was 34th with a time of 29:47.9. Sydney Wagner was  37th  with a time of 30:57.7 Amy Bezzant was 38th with a time of 30:58.7.

For the boys, Tucker Sussenbach was 25th with a time of 21:50.9. Jace Valentine was 27th with a time of 22:09.5. David Seaver was 32nd with a time of 22:56.2. Joe Melero was 37th with a time of 24:03.0 and Gavin Geiger was 44th with a time of 25:16.9.

“Ily Hardey ran great in her first-ever cross country meet.” Coach Michael Demko said. “Amy Bezzant improved from last week, bringing down the time spread from one to five. We were missing runners, but David Seaver made a great leap from last week and Gavin Geiger also ran well. Looking at the results, we did fairly well and I think we definitely have the opportunity  and time to improve before the league meet.”

“The 10,000 feet elevation, combined with long uphills, steep downhills on a hot day made the this race very challenging.”

 “We had an amazing day in Leadviille,” Lake County Athletic Director Mike Vagher said. “Special thanks Colorado Mountain College, Leadville Campus for letting us host the meet. We were able to pull it off a great meet within the CHSAA/COVID guidelines. Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was awesome to see all the athletes out competing and putting forth a great effort.”

The teams next meet will be in Granby for the Middle Park Invite.

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