Moffat County girls cross country snag regional championship again

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Times for regionals

MCHS girls

Brenna Ciesco 19:37

Emily Womble 20:13

Makayla Johnson 20:27

Aubrey Campbell 21:02

Kaylee Durham 21:38

Delaney Baker 21:39

Katelyn Peroulis 21:40

Jessie Suits 21:58

MCHS boys

Ashley Suits 18:04

Steven Walls 18:35

Riley Allen 18:55

Andrew Keiss 19:11

Isaac Chacon 19:27

Remmy Kohpay 19:34

With a regional title on the line and tough competitors all around them, the Moffat County girls cross country team didn’t blink.

The Bulldogs didn’t shy away from the moment and ran the way they knew they were capable, winning the 3A Region 1 championship once again. Their four scoring runners combined for 39 points, good enough to beat out Pagosa Springs by one and Bayfield by three.

It was clear from the start the regional would be a tight one, said head coach Todd Trapp.

“At the mile we were in a little bit better position, then between the mile and mile and a half (the other teams) came back,” Trapp said.

The Bulldogs were led by senior Brenna Ciesco as they have been all season, but the win was earned by every finisher. In 3A the top four runners from each team’s finishing positions are added to get the final score, and Moffat County needed every place it could get.

Moffat County’s fourth runner to cross the finish line Friday, Aubrey Campbell, beat out Pagosa’s fourth runner by one place. If the two had swapped spots, the Bulldogs would have been runners up in Delta.

“Aubrey was our fourth, and Pagosa had a girl right in front of her and one right behind her,” Trapp said. “If she would’ve gotten passed by that girl, we would have lost to them.”

It was a repeat win by Moffat County at regionals, but this time with a different cast of characters. Emily Womble and Makayla Johnson didn’t even run at the regional meet last year, but were integral parts of the championship in 2013.

It was a sweet way to accomplish one of the team’s goals from the beginning of the season.

“It’s a smaller meet but it means so much,” Trapp said. “Team scores were really low because those three are really good teams. Sometimes (meets are) better when they’re so close because you know every spot matters. The kids are responding and competing with the people near them.”

The boys team also raced in Delta Friday and saw its season end, but not without encouraging signs for next year. The Bulldogs finished eighth overall, fielding a team of five sophomores and a freshman.

“We were overmatched a bit,” Trapp said. “Our kids ran as well as they’ve ran this year. We’re still so young. We’re all sophomores and freshman.”

Each of those runners recorded a personal best on the day, including Ashley Suits nearly breaking under 18 minutes at 18:04, and freshman Riley Allen crushing his best run of the season, finishing in 18:55. While it was bittersweet to have the season end, it was an encouraging way for Trapp to see his runners go out.

“Next year’s a big year. All these guys are going to be juniors and it’s time to make something happen,” he said. “It’s tough to end your season, but you have to be excited for how much they improved from one year to the next and over the season.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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