Bulldogs show improvement at Central Invitational

The Bulldog cross country team headed down to Grand Junction on Friday for Central High School's invitational meet. The boys and girls finished in second place, in less than ideal weather conditions.

"There was a sheet of pretty intense rain about a half an hour before the girls' race," assistant coach Jennifer Pressgrove said. "The course was flat and grassy and with all the rain, it made it much slower."

The last meet for the Bulldogs was similar, running in inclement weather, however the Bulldogs have proven they run better when it's raining.

"For a runner, rain isn't necessarily a bad thing," Pressgrove said. "The cooler weather helps."

It may have helped sophomore Alicia Nelson, who crossed the line for the Bulldogs in third place. Nelson ran a 21:24, which was a 40 second improvement from her time at the same meet last year.

Junior Jeacey Robinson was another Moffat County runner who bested last year's performance -- by 50 seconds -- finishing 10th overall at a time of 22:48.

"Jeacey had a really good race," Pressgrove said. "She looked really strong."

Two spots behind her was Amber Suits who finished in 23:06, Suits saw one of the bigger drops in time topping her previous performance by 1:20.

Pressgrove said the girls are running much better this year than last year.

"They are all a lot further up than last year," Pressgrove said.

For the boys, it was senior Jeremy Bird leading the way. Bird finished third with a time of 17:51 and teammate Jake Miller was right behind him in fourth with a time of 18:04. In sixth place was Mike McNicol, who Pressgrove said has been working hard at improving his times.

"Mike's been doing really well," Pressgrove said.

Pressgrove said the boys have one of the top three runner combinations in the state, so it's no surprise they are finishing well as a team.

The next action for the Bulldogs will be a trip to Colorado Springs on Friday for the Liberty High School Invitational.

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