GJ’s Eccher breaks course record at Delta Invite

Greg Eccher set a goal to break the course record Friday in the Delta Invitational cross-country meet at Confluence Park, said his coach, Kim Dobson.

Not only did the Grand Junction High School senior break the record, he shattered it, finishing in 16 minutes, 18 seconds to win the boys varsity race. Ty Williams of Telluride set the previous mark of 16:29 in 2011, according to Milesplit.com, a Colorado track and cross-country website. No team scores were kept in the meet.

Allen Adair placed fifth for Grand Junction’s boys in 16:55, Jed Wilson was 16th in 18:27, Noah Bradshaw was 20th in 18:39, Parker Davis-McDougal was 35th in 19:47, Nick Dunkan 38th in 19:57, Daniel Dodero 64th in 21:21 and Tyler Nelson 107th in 25:28.

Hotchkiss senior Natalie Anderson won the girls race in 20:05, more than 20 seconds ahead of the pack.

Clarissa Berry, a freshman, placed fifth for the Grand Junction girls in 20:33. Cassandra Grigware was seventh in 21:05 for the Tigers, followed by Erika Meister in 21:42, good for 12th place. Grand Junction’s Taylor Chaffetz placed 15th in 22:04, Emily Pitcher 18th in 22:12, Nicole Seibold 25th in 22:32, Avery Pope 31st in 22:59 and Andrea Lielkoks 33rd in 23:12.

Boys Tennis

Central claimed straight-set victories in every match to cruise past Montrose 7-0 at Canyon View Park.

Drake Giese of Central downed Jared Warren 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Lael Nordstom followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win at
 No. 2 singles over Andrew Johnson. Bryce Atchinson completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Brad Sawyer.

The Warriors dropped only eight games in four doubles matches, including a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 by Brigham Beckstead and Ryan Larsen.


Grand Junction swept both of its opponents in the first two rounds at the Regis Jesuit Tournament.

The Tigers opened with a 
25-3, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Clear Creek as Courtney Gopinath and Kayla Roberts collected 10 kills apiece.

Grand Junction then beat The Academy of Westminster 25-16, 25-7, 25-22 as Gopinath had 13 kills, Roberts had eight kills and five blocks, Alicai Maslyk had 17 assists, and Tia Wright had nine blocks.

Tigers coach Shawna Emmons said of Wright, “She was a blocking machine.”

Emmons added, “We have a great back line. We have a great front line. We have great setters. I think we’re going to have a good season. They’re playing well. I’m excited.”


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