MCHS runners finish ahead of the pack

Moffat County High School cross country teams swept the team and individual titles Saturday at the Rangely Invitational.

The boys finished the meet with 18 points. Rangely came in a distant second with 44 points and Battle Mountain came in third place with 63 points.

"Our kids ran really well in Rangely and it's too bad it was really windy and cold there," said coach Mike Gleason. "Last year we ran some of our fastest times and this year we were just not capable of doing that."

Individually, Kelly Christensen, a senior, crossed the line in first place with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds.

Mark Iverson of Steamboat Springs came in second (17:57) and Cory Bline of DeBeque came in third place (18:11).

"Kelly could have been under 16 minutes if it would have been nice weather," said Gleason. "Everybody ran extremely well and we had a ton of kids in the top of the race. I am very happy with that."

Other top finishers for the Bulldogs were by Brett Duncan, a senior, who finished in fourth place (18:32) and Colton Grinolds, a sophomore, finished in sixth place (18:36).

Ben Kramer, a senior, came in seventh place (18:57) and Brynt Mitchell, a junior, finished in eighth place to round out the Bulldogs top placers.

The girls finished ahead of the pack with 17 points. Steamboat Springs came in second place with 30 points and Battle Mountain ended up in third place with 53 points.

"They have had this meet since 1993 and our girls have won it every year and the guys have won it the last two years," said Gleason.

Stephanie Hurd, a junior, paced the team by taking home the top spot (21:27).

Rachel Star of Steamboat Springs was second (22:02) and Kelly Smith of Battle Mountain came in third place (22:10).

"I expected Stephanie to win the race," said Gleason. "On the Western Slope there is only really two girls that can beat her and those are the top girls in the state. Stephanie is one of the top girls out there."

Other Bulldogs who finished in the top 10 were Sheila McNicol, a freshman, in fourth place (22:12) and Beth White, a sophomore, finished on White's heels in fifth place (22:13). Daniel Brown, a freshman, came in seventh place (23:07).

The Bulldogs will next be in action on Friday in Grand Junction for the regional meet.

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