Bulldogs runners steal show

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The Moffat County High School boys cross country team came away with the top spot Saturday at the MCHS Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park, and the girls team finished in second place.

Kelly Christensen paced the Bulldogs by coming in first place among 80 runners, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes and 6 seconds. Bryan Wooten of Fruita Monument finished in a distant second place (18:07).

"It was a good race and I just felt good," said Christensen. "I just had a good kick and I ran the course 30 seconds faster this year than last. I am happy. I feel our course is the toughest course we run on all year, because of the hill that is out here."

Other top finishers for the boys team were by Colton Grinolds, who finished in 15th place (19:32), Brynt Mitchell crossed the line in 17th place (19:42).

Ben Kramer came in 18th place (19:43), Brett Duncan finished in 21st place (19:45) and Tim Kramer came in 28th place (20:13).

"Kelly really went after it and he had a good race," said coach Mike Gleason. "I yelled at him during the race to win by more than a minute and he won by a minute and one second."

In the team standings, the Bulldogs ended the day with 72 points. Grand Junction Central finished in second place with 96 points and Fruita Monument came in third place with 115 points.

Montrose and Uintah tied for fourth place with 128 points to round out the top five.

"The boys and girls team both ran really well," said Gleason. "I thought that the boys would win and they did. I thought the girls would finish in second place behind Fruita Monument and they did."

For the girls team, Stephanie Hurd lead the way by finishing in third place (21:21). Shiela McNicols came in fifth place (21:31) and Beth White finished in ninth place (22:10).

"I was really pleased with the way I ran," said Hurd. "This year it was really hard and there was a lot of competition. My teammates really helped me and I think that it was a really good race. The run was pretty rough. I never expected our own course to be pretty hard. The hill was hard and it pushed me more to do my best."

Other Bulldogs that ran the race were Heather Urbanoski who finished in 37th place (25:07), Adrianne Bryant finished in 41th place (25:29), Jill Adameck crossed the line in 45th place (25:38), Rachel Stacy finished in 46th place (25:40).

Jenna Waite finished right behind in 47th place (25:41) and Meagan Ellgen rounded out the team by coming in 52 place (26.11).

Natalie Hughues of Palisade finished the race in first place (20:26) and Rachel Anderson of Central was second with (21:03).

The Bulldogs finished the meet with 95 points. Fruita Monument won the top spot with 40 points.

Grand Junction Central finished in third place with 100 points.

Montose finished in fourth place with 114 points and Steamboat Springs came in fifth place with 137 points.

In the boys junior varsity race. Brian Haslem finished in 11th place (22:49), Matt Kruse came in 12th place (22:50) and Cory Speaker finished in 23rd place (29:39).

The Bulldogs will next be off and running Saturday at the Aspen Invitational.

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