Top 10, again

Boys and girls cross-country finish high at Summit

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The Bulldog cross-country teams headed to Summit on Saturday to run in the Summit Invitational. The boys team finished in fourth place, and the girls finished fifth.

"Overall, I was happy with the way the meet went," head coach Todd Trapp said. "I thought the kids competed well."

The boys were led by senior Jake Miller, who nabbed a fourth-place finish overall, finishing the course in 17 minutes, 22 seconds.

"Jake ran really well," Trapp said.

A few steps behind Miller, Mike McNicol finished in ninth place for the Bulldogs, completing the course in 17:44. Typically leading the pack is senior Jeremy Bird, who is ranked seventh in the state for Class 4A runners by Rocky Preps. But because of illness, Bird took 10th place in Summit, one second behind McNicol.

There was a big gap between the third and fourth runners for the Bulldogs, but timewise, the gap is starting to close.

"I think all the guys are running consistently this year," Trapp said.

Jake Breslin finished in 38th place, with a time of 19:49. The 1:56 difference between Breslin and McNicol has been something the team has been working on.

"Jake (Breslin) has improved a lot since last year," Trapp said.

The course, which, in the past, has been notoriously tough, was switched up this season and ran much quicker, Trapp said.

For the girls team, sophomore Alicia Nelson remained the lead for the Bulldogs, finishing fourth in 21:05. A nice surprise for Trapp and the rest of the team was third runner Katy Nottingham. Nottingham finished 23rd in 22:25.

"Katy ran great this week," Trapp said. "She's up, and she's down, but this week, she was on."

Jeacey Robinson also continued to be steady for the Bulldogs, finishing the course in 21:42, which was good enough for 13th place.

"Jeacey has been doing great this year," Trapp said.

With regionals just around the corner, Trapp is still looking for his fifth runner.

"Our top four is pretty set, but we're still looking for that fifth runner to step up," Trapp said.

With only two meets left, the Bulldogs will continue to train hard.

"This is our toughest week workout wise," Trapp said. "We're going to continue working hard and train through the next meet."

Up next for the Bulldogs is Aspen, which Trapp said is one of the toughest courses of the season.

But getting his teams to peak at the right time and make a run at state is his top priority.

"I think we have a good chance to qualify for state," Trapp said. "Right now, the boys are probably sitting in third place. We have the talent and the guys, it's just doing it."

The girls team also is hovering around the third-place ranking right now, but a surprise attack from Summit could push it to fourth.

"We need to be ready for them," Trapp said. "They beat us this last meet."

The meet at Aspen is Saturday.

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