Running buddies

Friendship transcends rivalry for GJ's Eccher, Fruita's Bisbee

Fruita Monument senior Chuck Bisbee, left, and Grand Junction senior Greg Eccher treated the recent District 51 Championships more like a training run than an all-out-effort race. They still finished first and second, agreeing to cross the finish line together, although technically Bisbee was the winner by a fraction of a second. Both are three-time state qualifiers who will run in the Class 5A state cross-country meet Saturday in Colorado Springs.



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Fruita Monument senior Chuck Bisbee, left, and Grand Junction senior Greg Eccher treated the recent District 51 Championships more like a training run than an all-out-effort race. They still finished first and second, agreeing to cross the finish line together, although technically Bisbee was the winner by a fraction of a second. Both are three-time state qualifiers who will run in the Class 5A state cross-country meet Saturday in Colorado Springs.

They’ve been running distance races against each other since they were freshmen, representing rival schools and taking turns, it seems, having the upper hand. Grand Junction’s…




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