No place like home

Moffat County High School cross-country team to host invitational homecoming weekend

— The Bulldogs cross-country team will be sleeping in this weekend.

The Moffat County Invitational will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

"We travel so much all year," coach Todd Trapp said, "It's going to be a nice change. We can all sleep a little bit extra Friday night."

The Bulldogs will be one of nine teams competing Saturday. With homecoming week upon the team, the extra sleep should benefit the home squad.

"Normally we have to travel at least two to 2 1/2 hours to get to a meet," Trapp said. "Not this time."

Trapp said that the goal for his team isn't just to do the best that they can - his normal goals heading into a meet - it's to win.

"We should be able to come out strong and capture this meet," he said. "We should be able to duplicate last year's results and more."

The Moffat County girls team placed first at last year's invitational, and the boys finished second behind Steamboat Springs.

Alicia Nelson was last seasons girls individual champion.

Trapp said he expects first from his number one runners - Nelson and Mike McNicol - this weekend.

"Mike was hurt last year for this event," Trapp said. "He's definitely looking forward to the opportunity to win his senior event at home.

"Alicia and Mike have been working hard all year building up to this," he said. "We've had much more difficult workouts this season than in years past.

"The kids are really responding."

Trapp said practice for the two seniors is difficult, considering his two through five runners are slower runners than his number ones.

"I have to run with Mike so he has someone to push him," he said, "And Jen (assistant coach Jen Pressgrove) runs with Alicia."

With regionals less than a month away, Trapp is pushing his team toward the ultimate success:

Qualifying for the state tournament.

"Our goal is always to get to state," Trapp said. "They have been running the miles. They should feel the success."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com.

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