On Saturday, Sept. 25, Lake County Middle School Cross-Country raced at the Colorado Mountain College XC Invitational here in Leadville. Both the girls and boys teams raced a long and largely uphill course against the clock without any other competing middle school teams.

It was a chilly morning to get started at 8:30 a.m. for the Lake County Middle School boys team. Jaren Peters took first place in a time of 17 minutes and 44 seconds, followed by Jude Peters in second place with a time of 18:41. Rounding out places for the top five were Matthew Quinn in third with a time of 19:05, Ben Woodcock in fourth with a time of 19:22 and Noah Millard in fifth with a time of 19:40. Itai Sheleg and Wilson Anderson finished in sixth and seventh places with times of 20:00 and 23:49 respectively.

The Lake County Middle School girls team started racing at 9 a.m. Chloe King raced to a quick first place finish with a time of 18:26, followed by Layla Horning in second and Aimee Lenhard in third with times of 20:06 and 20:11 respectively. Rounding out the top five were Tilly Kirr in fourth with a time of 21:07 and Isabella Speckman in fifth with a time of 21:33. The challenging course split apart the rest of the pack, with Lyza Zoller in sixth with a time of 22:25, Daphne Duran in seventh with a time of 25:59, Chloe Moffitt in eighth with a time of 26:21, Faith Pongrekun in ninth with a time of 27:59 and Evelyn Talbot in 10th with a time of 29:53.

Both teams will race at Homestake Peak School in Avon on Thursday, Sept. 30.

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