Moffat County cross-country uses week off to prepare for season's end

MCHS 2012 Top Times

Girls

Eryn Leonard 19:17

Brenna Ciesco 19:49

Aubrey Campbell 20:32

Ary Shaffer 21:00

Katelyn Peroulis 21:08

Savannah Williams 21:24

Bailey Hellander 21:59

Emily Womble 22:20

Felicia Vasquez 22:29

Delaine Baker 22:36

Ashlee Griffiths 23:03

Kelley Knez 23:51

Jessie Suits 23:52

Marlee Chacon 24:44

Yoli Molina 26:53

Couri Blevins 28:38

Andrea Angelo 30:00

Boys

Tyler Gerber 18:54

Jarrett Johnson 19:44

Isaac Chacon 20:56

Remmy Kohpay 21:15

Jacob Archuleta 21:21

Ashley Suits 21:31

Steven Walls 21:38

Andrew Keiss 21:44

Luke Kernen 21:59

Jesse Demoor 22:22

Wyeth Kremery 25:28

The Moffat County cross-country teams had the week off for homecoming and used it to prepare more rigorously for the rapidly-approaching end of the season.

The Bulldogs have just one more meet (in Rifle Thursday) before heading to Delta Oct. 17 for their Colorado Class 3A Regional.

Without a meet scheduled for homecoming week, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to stay home and enjoy the festivities, but they kept working.

“Last week we just had a couple tough workouts and Saturday we did a time trial,” head coach Todd Trapp said.

The time trial was a way for athletes to measure their improvement since the season started. While times have dropped most of the season, the Bulldogs have run a variety of courses with different levels of difficulty. Saturday’s time trial covered the same two and a half mile stretch as the Bulldogs ran at the beginning of the season.

“For homecoming we usually don’t travel and we do another time trial so kids can see how much they’ve improved and how much faster and stronger they are,” Trapp said. “We saw a lot of big improvements, especially with our young kids. The varsity definitely dropped some time but our younger kids had the biggest improvements.”

Now the focus will shift somewhat for the runners. Some will be competing for the final time at Rifle, while others have their sights set on advancing from the regional and running well at state.

As a result, some runners will be taking it easier this week, so they can be at their best in their final race. The varsity runners, who still have three weeks left in the season, will continue to have difficult workouts in the weeks ahead.

“This week, a lot of the kids are going to keep going to have tough workouts and some of the kids will start cutting back, those of them with their last meet this week,” Trapp said. “We want everyone to be as fast as possible to close the season.”

Taking it easier in preparation for a race can give a runner the extra bit of strength necessary to run especially well. That’s why Trapp is starting to manage his runners’ training more precisely.

“Those are the two most important meets of the year for us, regionals and obviously state,” Trapp said. “Everything we do is geared toward running our best in those races.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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