Brenna Ciesco, a junior at Moffat County High School, pushes for the finish line at Moffat County's home cross-country meet Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park. Ciesco won the girls race, finishing in 20:42.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Brenna Ciesco, a junior at Moffat County High School, pushes for the finish line at Moffat County's home cross-country meet Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park. Ciesco won the girls race, finishing in 20:42.

Moffat County girls take 1st, boys 2nd at Loudy-Simpson

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MCHS results

Girls

Brenna Ciesco 20:42

Eryn Leonard 21:06

Aubrey Campbell 21:28

Katelyn Peroulis 21:46

Bailey Hellander 22:01

Savannah Williams 22:05

Ary Shaffer 22:59

Ashlee Griffiths 23:03

Delaney Baker 23:04

Felicia Vasquez 23:04

Jesse Suits 24:28

Kelly Knez 25:44

Marlee Chacon 27:08

Yoli Molina 29:19

Andre Angelo 30:23

Boys

Tyler Gerber 19:36

Jarrett Johnson 19:44

Isaac Chacon 21:11

Remmy Kohpay 21:15

Jacob Archuleta 21:47

Andrew Keiss 22:19

Jesse Demoor 22:29

Steven Walls 22:39

Luke Kernen 22:41

Ashley Suits 24:00

Home sporting events always are exciting.

For sports like cross-country, where many schools don’t host a meet at all, getting to run at home is extra special.

Junior Brenna Ciesco made the most of the Bulldogs’ home meet Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park, winning the varsity girls race in 20 minutes and 42 seconds.

The Bulldogs meet was a small affair, in stark contrast to some of the large meets they’ve attended this season. In the girls race, only Moffat County and Steamboat Springs participated, but that didn’t make Ciesco’s victory any less sweet.

“It was really cool to win at home,” Ciesco said after the race. “Obviously, there weren’t many teams here, so there wasn’t much competition, but still, it was cool to win.”

It was her first individual victory in a race, so running at the front was a new experience.

“It was kind of scary,” Ciesco said. “Usually, I have people in front of me to pace off, and it’s easier to run that way. This time, I just had the bike, so I didn’t really know. I was pretty happy with my time, though.”

Ciesco led the way for the Bulldogs, who came one spot short of posting a perfect team score (having the top five runners) in the dual meet with Steamboat. Eryn Leonard (second), Aubrey Campbell (third), Katelyn Peroulis (fourth) and Bailey Hellander (sixth) also scored for Moffat County.

The boys team placed second in its race, behind Steamboat and in front of the Rawlins, Wyo., team. Tyler Gerber again crossed the finish line first for Moffat County, coming in sixth place with a time of 19:36. Jarrett Johnson became the second Bulldog runner to break 20 minutes this year, running 19:44 to finish ninth.

Head coach Todd Trapp likes hosting the meet but said sometimes it doesn’t produce as strong of results.

“We had some kids who ran really well, and it’s always cool and exciting to have a home meet, but sometimes kids lose some of that competitive edge when we aren’t traveling,” Trapp said. “Obviously, it was cool to win in the girls, even with just two teams.”

Trapp thought the meet mostly was a step forward for the boys team, which ran times similar to last week in Delta but on a more difficult course.

“I think our guys continue to improve,” Trapp said. “Tyler came back strong in that final half-mile, and Jarrett ran very well, I thought. We want them to be able to keep building that confidence and improving.”

A benefit of running in a small meet was having junior varsity and varsity in the same race. Typically, the top seven runners from each team participate in the varsity race, and the rest of the runners will participate in the open race.

With both Moffat County teams having runners jockeying for position on the back end of varsity, it was valuable to have them race their competition, Trapp said.

“I like having the JV kids running with the varsity kids,” he said. “We have kids competing for those sixth and seventh spots, and it’s better for them to be able to run in the same race and compete with each other.”

Next week, Moffat County will head to another large meet, competing at Fruita Monument High School.

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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