Bulldogs crown two cross-country champs

Moffat County team wins boys and girls individual titles at Grand Junction meet

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Results from Central Invitational

Individual results:

Boys -

1. Mike McNicol, 18:15

8. Josh Classen 19:26

16. Corey Wojtkiewicz 20:05

17. Colt Criswell 20:06

44. Kevin Murray 22:37

48. Jesse Breslin 22:54

52. Charlie Griffiths 23:21

56. Jarred Blevins 23:43

67. Dallas Richardson 26:54

Girls -

1. Alicia Nelson 20:57

5. Mady Jourgensen 23:05

6. Nike Cleverly 23:22

14. Caitlin Conci 24:42

18. Callie Papoulas 25:02

29. Elaine DuBois 26:35

31. Laura Zirkle 26:54

35. Janna Thompson 27:23

41. Megan Knez 28:09

45. Maggie Tucci 29:23

59. Taylor Crisp 33:45

60. Katie Ronis 34:15

Team results:

Boys -

1. Fruita Monument 30

2. Central 39

3. Moffat County 71

4. Grand Junction 108

5. Olathe 125

6. Delta 125

Girls -

1. Fruita Monument 37

2. Moffat County 43

3. Central 87

4. Grand Junction 97

5. Delta 104

— Moffat County High School runners Mike McNicol and Alicia Nelson both did something Friday they hadn't done before in a cross-country meet this season.

Win.

McNicol clocked a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds in the 5,000-meter race, to win the boys division at the Central Invitational at Long Family Park in Grand Junction, while Nelson ran a 20:57 for first in the girls division.

"It was kind of weird," Nelson said. "It was hard to push myself with no one in front of me."

Moffat County placed third as a team in the boys division and the girls finished second.

Coach Todd Trapp was pleased with his team's performance.

"We didn't win the team title," he said. "But the kids ran really well. They are starting to get the 5K down."

Trapp said it's hard to set a personal time for each of his runners because each course his runners face is different.

"The course can be flat but have really long grass," he said. "That will slow you down. On a hilly course, you are faster coming down."

During the week, Trapp works on strategy and the ability to understand the pace.

"We'll map out courses and find the spots where we should quicken the pace," he said. "That finishing pace is where we want them to be."

Trapp will move to several different spots on a course, enabling his harriers to see him throughout several stages.

"I was at seven different spots at Friday's meet," Trapp said. "It helps the kids to see us as many times as possible.

"It takes a tough kid to run cross country."

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