Demons compete at Anna Banana XC meet |

Demons compete at Anna Banana XC meet

Henry Barth of Glenwood races towards the finish line during Saturday's Anna Banana meet in Grand Junction. Barth finished fourth overall for Glenwood. (JON MITCHELL/DAILY SENTINEL)

Competing at the Anna Banana Cross Country Meet at Connected Lakes State Park in Grand Junction, which was hosted by Fruita Monument High School, the Glenwood Springs Demons finished third in the girl’s race and seventh in the boy’s race during Saturday morning’s slightly rainy, overcast race.

The meet is one of the biggest and fastest meets on the Western Slope and was heavily attended this year in part because the 4A Division 1 Regional meet being held here later this fall on October 20.

Erica Diemoz was the top finisher for the Demons in the girls’ race, leading Glenwood to a third-place finish as a team out of 15 teams. Diemoz finished 18th overall with a time of 20 minutes, nine seconds, while Sedona Kellogg (34th, 21:05.8), Ella Murphy (35th, 21:06.3), Claudia Hirons (36th, 21:13.1) and Emily Worline (38th, 21:15.5) finished in the top 40 for the Demons.

Henry Barth finished fourth overall in the boys’ race with a time of 16 minutes and 10 seconds, leading Glenwood to a seventh-place finish out of 18 teams. Along with Barth, Gavin Harden (26th, 16:50.7), Mathew Thrun (35th, 17:24), Ian Richardson (41st, 17:33.8) and Bryce Risner (48th, 17:35.5) finished in the top 50 for the Demons.

The Glenwood girls scored 139 points, while the Glenwood boys scored 147 points at the meet.

“The kids ran great,” Glenwood Cross Country Head Coach Mike Schneider said. “We had a ton of personal bests and season bests. I think everyone had at least a season best although I would have to double check. It was a competitive meet and the kids really stepped up and ran hard. They’ve been training hard and are looking forward to coming back to the course for regionals and running even faster.”

Following the strong performance at the Anna Banana meet, the Demons will prepare this week for their home meet in Glenwood on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.


At Friday’s cross country meet in Denver, Rifle’s Sarah Wagler picked up yet another top 10 finish, crossing the finish line with a time of 20 minutes and 33 seconds to finish ninth overall. Teammate Ashley Manera finished 81st overall with a time of 23:45.

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