The Moffat County High School cross country teams showed Friday in Palisade that they are improving faster than their competitors.
The races weren't scored officially for team points, but if they had been, the Bulldog boys team would have defeated Fruita-Monument for the first time this season.
"Fruita had a guy who was in third place fall and not finish," assistant coach Todd Trapp said. "They may have beat us if he would have finished."
Leading the boys team was sophomore Jeremy Bird in fourth place. Senior Steve Crisp was eighth, freshman Mike McNicol was ninth, sophomore Jake Miller was 10th and junior Ricardo Pinedo was 15th. Other varsity runners for the Bulldogs were junior Lincoln Cleverly, 16th, and freshman Colton Conrad finished 32nd.
In the girls race, seniors Amelia Parker and Emily Sperl both beat Steamboat Springs' Jennifer Hooper for the first time this season. The two seniors finished first and second in the race.
Senior Angela Nelson and sophomore Katie Morris finished in the top 10 with fifth- and 10th-place finishes. Junior Alyssa Maycomber, 26th, freshman Jaecey Robinson, 27th, and freshman Nicole Collins, 30th, were the other varsity finishers. The girls won the meet with 44 points. Battle Mountain wasn't far behind with 52 points.
The girls were without senior Cortney Grandbouche, who missed the last couple of meets with an injury.
"Cortney will be back for the regional and should be near Katie," Trapp said. "So Battle Mountain won't be as close next week."
The Bulldogs travel to the regional meet Saturday in Delta. Both teams go in as the favorites to win the meet. They are the only state-ranked teams in Class 4A on the Western Slope.