The boys on the Montrose High School cross country team bounced back last Saturday at the Mead Stampede, placing sixth as a group among 22 schools.
Jonas Graff, in his return from a minor injury, picked up where he left off, finishing among the top 10 with a ninth place finish, and matching his result (16:59) at Mead last season. Elijah Echols was behind Graff, placing 25th in another solid performance.
Micah Simpson was 66th, running the course in 19:07 and Ethan Birchem finished 75th, five seconds behind Simpson.
Mekhi Mangrum, Jacob Kettell and Will Taylor rounded out the results on the boy’s side. Seamus Mullin, on the junior varsity side, placed 105th and finished at 26:23.
Ashley Ortega and Olivia Cook weren’t able to run on the girls’ side, but Kenzie Bush continued her stellar 2021 season, finishing 10th out of 148 runners with a time of 20:32. Trinity Thomson and Anabelle Hawkins placed 66th and 67th, respectively, and Siya Salunke was 142nd.
Montrose head coach Brian Simpson said Mead’s course conditions had a flatter surface compared to the course in Thornton.
Montrose will continue its season this Thursday at the Lincoln Park Golf Course in Grand Junction.
Josue Perez is a staff writer for the Montrose Daily Press