Ready to roll

Cross-country preparing for meet Saturday

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Coach Todd Trapp knows his runners are ready to roll this weekend in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado State Cross-Country Meet will be held Saturday at The Vineyard Golf Course/El Pomar Youth Sports Complex.

After a very successful run at the regional meet Saturday, the boys cross-country team is ready to contend for a top-10 finish at the state level.

"From the workout on Tuesday, the kids are getting faster," Trapp said.

Tuesday's practice marked the "Bulldog Mile," an all-out race to the finish -- four laps around the track, stretch and go home.

Trapp said some of the runners recorded personal best times in the mile, like senior Jeremy Bird, who finished just a few seconds behind Trapp's time of 4:28.

Senior Jake Miller may not have run the "Bulldog" as fast as he would have liked, but Miller said he's ready for state, after capturing the regional crown last week.

"I'm more confident coming out of the last two races in first place," Miller said. "I'm excited and nervous."

Miller has his sights set on a runner from Denver North to keep his pace.

"If I can stay with him, I can be up at the front of the race," Miller said.

The Bulldogs top three runners -- Bird, Miller and Mike McNicol -- will be looked upon to carry their team to a top finish.

In the girls Class 4A race, Moffat County qualified just three competitors. It is the first time in Trapp's five years as coach that the entire team hasn't qualified.

Sophomore Alicia Nelson, junior Jeacey Robinson and freshman Katy Nottingham all qualified for the state meet by finishing in the top 15 at the regional meet. Nelson took the title, while Nottingham came in sixth place and Robinson 11th. The girls said they were ready to compete.

"I was so nervous first hour because I started thinking about it today," Nelson said.

Nelson, if she runs the race that Trapp knows she's capable of, could place in the top 10 or higher.

The state meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues through the afternoon in Colorado Springs.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

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