Craig With the peak training period a distant memory for the Moffat County cross-country teams, the unit is now cramming for regionals.
The intense training paid dividends for the Bulldog runners, as the girls' team finished sixth out of 20 teams and the boys placed 10th in Saturday's Mountain View Invitational.
Both the Moffat County girls and boys teams ran faster than last week's meet at Summit.
The main beneficiary of the tough training regimen was Alicia Nelson.
Nelson captured her third individual title of the season, clocking a girls' meet best 19 minutes, 50 seconds.
"It felt really good," Nelson said. "It's nice to be peaking right now."
Mike McNicol ran the fastest time of the Moffat County boys, placing eighth in a time of 17:36.
McNicol didn't win, but he was more than satisfied with his performance.
"I tried to catch the lead group," he said. "But I looked up and they were gone. It was a fun course, though."
Trapp was pleased with the improvements made by his runners.
"I think it went pretty well," he said. "We ran better than we did at Summit, and that was our goal."
With a short practice week before Thursday's last regular season meet- the Dawson Invitational in Lafayette - Trapp said the focus is solely being placed on preparing for regionals Oct. 20.
"Everything we do is geared toward regionals," he said. "It was very important for the kids to run stronger this week like they did."
The Bulldogs runners have their eyes set on the daunting task of qualifying for the state championships, by finishing well at regionals.
"Our team goal is to definitely qualify for state," Nelson said. "For me individually, I aim to win it."
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