If there were a race designed to finish off the season's hardest week of workouts, the Aspen course would be it.
The hilly course met the Bulldog cross country team after two of the toughest workouts and the longest run of the season at practices last week.
"It's the toughest course of the season," coach Todd Trapp said. "You can tell by the times."
The average times were nearly two minutes slower than other races this season. Fifteen teams, which included nearly every Western Slope school, attended the race.
The Bulldog boys and girls teams finished third in the race.
"We had some runners who weren't well rested," Trapp said. "But overall, I thought both teams got out there and competed really well."
The girls finished third behind Class 5A Dakota Ridge and Durango.
Freshman Alicia Nelson, who has led the 'Dogs in every race, finished seventh. Junior Amber Suits continued to close the gap between Nelson and the rest of the team with an 11th-place finish. Sophomore Jeacey Robinson was 33rd for the girls and freshman Laura Zirkle was 47th.
The final three runners for the Bulldogs were junior Katie Morris, 48th, senior Alyssa Macomber, 61st, and freshman Erin Urbanoski, 72.
The boys finished behind Dakota Ridge and Basalt.
Junior Jake Miller was third and junior Jeremy Bird finished seventh to lead the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Mike McNicol continued to improve after an early-season injury. He was 22nd in the race.
"Mike is getting his fitness back," Trapp said.
Junior Shane Braselton was Moffat's fourth runner in 55th. Ricardo Pinedo was next in 72nd with junior Jake Breslin right behind him in 73rd.
The next two weeks the Bulldogs will race in Palisade. The second weekend is the regional meet. The flat, fast course is what the Bulldogs have trained for this season.