Grand Valley junior Craig Cotter becomes fastest junior cross-country runner school has ever seen

Grand Valley High School runner Craig Cotter in action.

Grand Valley High School junior Craig Cotter is the fastest junior cross country runner the school has
ever seen.

This year, he broke the school’s record as fastest junior cross country runner twice, once beating his own record, a GVHS news release states. At the 2A Region 4 Regional Cross Country Championship at Boggy Draw Trails, Cotter placed second. He then set off for the 2A Colorado State Championships at the Norris Penrose Event Center in in Colorado Springs.

After a warm send-off from the GVHS student body, Parachute Police Department and the Grand Valley Fire Protection District escorted Cotter out of town with sirens blaring.

At the 2A Colorado State Championships, Cotter placed 32nd out of 136 individuals. According to GVHS
Cross Country Coach Lance, “Craig had a good race, he trained hard. He’s a dedicated athlete and
dedicated scholar. I love coaching him.”

In addition to the previous mentioned records, last spring, Cotter became the fastest sophomore two-mile runner at GVHS.

“I expect Craig to become the fastest miler ever at GVHS,” Coach Lance said. “He is running very well. Craig trained hard, as he studies hard, giving him great results both in class and in cross country. It is a pleasure to be able to coach someone who is dedicated. Results always follow hard work in everything.”

Grand Valley High School runner Craig Cotter and his coaches.

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