For the past four years, Bulldogs varsity runners Kelly Christensen and Brett Duncan have been running together. On Monday the seniors each signed a national letter of intent to continue their career as teammates and run cross country at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., the 1999 Division II national champions.
According to Christensen, who finished in first place at the Class 4A Western Slope regional competition in cross country and ran to a fourth place finish at the state cross country meet in 1999, said Western State was the best choice for him.
"I am thinking that I will reach about the highest level that I will get on running going to Western State," said Christensen. "Western State runs against a lot of Division I schools during the year."
Duncan, who finished in sixth place at the regional competition, missed the state meet because of a stress fracture.
He has recovered and is ready for the challenge that lies ahead.
"I am pretty excited about going to college," said Duncan. "I am looking forward to going to Western State to run. Kelly and I have been running together for the last four years. It's going to be pretty cool to be together."
"We are looking forward to having them both come and run at Western State," said Western State coach Duane Vanderbusche. "They are both good kids and good students. Both of them are good runners and we look for them to continue to improve each year while they are down here."
Christensen did have other running offers.
"It was down to two university's," said Christensen. "South Dakota State University and Western State College. I visited South Dakota State and it was too far away.
"Western State is only four hours away and they are the defending national champion."
According to Christensen, he and Duncan will stay in the same dorms at college.
"We will be roommates at college," said Christensen. "We will wake up in the morning together and go on our runs. It won't be anything new. It will be real nice."
Duncan started running competitively the last four years and running at a college has been his goal the last three years.
"I started running my freshman year in track," said Duncan. "I wasn't too involved with it, but then I realized that I could be pretty good. Since my sophomore year I wanted to run in college."
Moffat County High School cross country coach Mike Gleason believes Duncan and Christensen will taste success in college.
"I am really excited for these guys," said Gleason. "They are both good kids and I think that they will have some great success.
"They will really help the program."
Christensen and Duncan may be roommates and teammates, but they will take different roads in the classrooms.
"I am going into pre-medicine," said Christensen. "Then I will go to a different university to get the rest of my medical degree."
"I will major in business," said Duncan.