Coal Ridge’s Parker wins Pantherfest XC meet in school record time

Glenwood's Connerton-Nevin 3rd for girls

Coal Ridge senior Tyler Parker leads the field of 113 runners at Friday's Pantherfest cross country meet at Confluence Park in Delta. Parker's winning time of 16:33.4 for the 5K course was a new school record
James Parker/courtesy photo

Coal Ridge High School senior Tyler Parker continued his dominance among 3A cross country runners in the region, winning Friday’s Pantherfest meet at Confluence Park in Delta in school-record fashion.

He completed one of the fastest 5K courses on the Western Slope in 16 minutes, 33.4 seconds, staying ahead of second-place James Talbot of Rangely, who crossed in 16:56.8 and Crested Butte’s Jake Pendy in third in 17 flat.

Parker’s time eclipsed the old record of 16:38.31 set by Coal Ridge alum Noah Crisler in 2014 on the same Delta course. 

Glenwood Springs senior Sophia Connerton-Nevin took third in the girls race with a time of 19:24.3, behind North Fork’s Jessica Black (18:46.4) and Battle Mountain’s Lindsey Whitton (18:50.9), and just ahead of Crested Butte’s Ruby Pendy (19:25.1).

Also finishing in the top 20 among area cross country runners, for the boys: Owen Lambert (Basalt), seventh 17:41.1; Misha Logan (Basalt), ninth 17:41.9; Towler Scott (Basalt), 10th 17:42.2; Dallin Karren (Coal Ridge), 16th 18:00.8; and Dylan Campbell (Coal Ridge), 18th 18:16); and, for the girls: Julia Diaz (Aspen), sixth 19:46.7); Isabella Moon (Basalt) 10th 20:44.4); Michaela Kenny (Aspen), 13th 21:51.8; Eden Bohart (Aspen), 18th 21:14.1; and Juniper Anderson (Basalt), 19th 21:17.8.

Basalt finished second as a team for the boys with 129 points, and Coal Ridge was fourth with 137. For the girls, Aspen was third with 89 points, Basalt was fourth with 101 and Coal Ridge was sixth with 153.

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