The Moffat County High School varsity cross country team finished its first weekend of action with three top-10 team finishes.
Running Friday at the Arapahoe Warrior Cross Country Invitational, the girls team finished third and the boys finished sixth.
Head coach Todd Trapp said the team hung tough against some of Colorado’s best running programs.
“Friday, they really did well,” he said. “It’s a tough course, and I would say 95 percent of the other schools were in (Class) 5A.”
But, the Class 4A Bulldogs didn’t back down, Trapp said.
“To have our girls finish third and our guys finish sixth is a great accomplishment,” he said. “They all ran really well.”
Senior Maddy Jourgensen led the girls with a third-place finish.
Jourgensen was followed by sophomore Eryn Leonard, 21st; sophomore Bailey Hellander, 25th; senior Nike Cleverly, 28th; freshman Brenna Ciesco, 36th; sophomore Sassy Murray, 45th; and junior Kelly Ciesco, 86th.
On the boys side, two seconds separated second-place finisher, senior Chris Zirkle, and third-place finisher, junior Alfredo Lebron.
Junior Rene Molina was 41st; junior Dale Nakai was 73rd; senior Jarred Blevins was 79th; senior Kye Adams was 120th; and freshman Taft Cleverly was 125th.
Arapahoe won both the boys and girls divisions.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs competed at the pre-state cross country invitational in Aurora.
The teams were tired from the day before, and had to deal with temperatures that touched 90 degrees, Trapp said.
The boys team finished 10th out of 43 teams, as Zirkle led the team with a fourth-place finish.
Lebron finished sixth; junior Miguel Molina was 83rd; Rene Molina was 89th; Nakai was 156th; Taft Cleverly was 187th; and Blevins was 190th.
The girls, running without Jourgensen, finished 11th out of 39 teams.
Leonard was the fastest Bulldog, as she finished 27th overall.
Nike Cleverly was 50th; Hellander was 75th; Murray was 86th; Brenna Ciesco was 91st; Kelly Ciesco was 156th; and sophomore Savannah Williams was 172nd.
Cheyenne Mountain was first overall on the boys side, and Greeley Central won the girls division.