Craig After watching the Moffat County girls cross country team run two meets in two days, coach Todd Trapp said he has learned this much about his young harriers: They can be contenders.
"I know that we can be a contender, and we can qualify for state as long as we run well," he said. "We have the talent. We just have to put it all together."
The girls cross country team paced 12th out of an estimated 30 teams Friday at Arapahoe, and seventh out of an estimated 20 teams Thursday at Harrison.
Trapp said he was pleased with the girls team's effort, especially considering four of the varsity harriers are freshmen, making the transition from running a mile and half in middle school to running more than three miles in high school meets.
"It's a big change for them," he said. He added that many of the youngsters didn't know what to expect Thursday night, but with some experience going into Friday's meet, "they really put it together."
Junior Alicia Nelson paced the team both days, finishing second in Friday's meet in Arapahoe. She covered the 5,000-meter distance in 20 minutes, 22 seconds.
Trapp said Nelson's feat was even more remarkable considering most of the competitors she was facing were 5A runners. Moffat County is a 4A school.
Nelson finished fourth at Thursday's meet in Harrison, clocking a 20:24.
Other results from Friday's meet include Mady Jourgensen finishing with a time of 22:49; Nike Cleverly, 24:19; Laura Zirkle, 24:30; Caitlin Conci, 24:52; Callie Papoulas, 24:55; and Britteny Ivers, 26:10.
At Thursday's meet, Jourgensen ran a 22:38; Cleverly, 24:06; Zirkle, 25:11; Conci, 25:27; Papoulas, 25:57; and Ivers, 26:04.
Boys team results
Trapp said the boys cross country team ran tired at Friday's meet in Arapahoe after Thursday's competition in Harrison.
The boys team finished 10th of 26 teams Thursday, and 24th of 36 teams Friday.
Mike McNicol was the Bulldogs top finisher both days. He placed eighth Thursday, clocking a 17:52. On Friday, he ran an 18:35.
Other results from Thursday's meet include Josh Classen recording a time of 19:13; Corey Wojtkiewicz, 19:39; Colt Criswell, 19:42; Kevin Murray, 22:47; Jesse Breslin, 23:46; and Dallas Richardson, 23:50.
On Friday, Classen ran a 19:44; Criswell, 20:58; Breslin, 23:57, Richardson, 24:18; and Murray, 25:02. Wojkiewicz's time was not available.
The boys team "is working hard," Trapp said, adding that his goal is for the boys team to qualify for state, as well. "When we get in better shape, I think we will come around."