Emily Womble, right, and Aubrey Campbell near the 1-mile mark at the Moffat County Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Womble ran a personal-best 21 minutes, 25 seconds in the 5K, and Campbell finished third on the team and fourth overall in 22:09.

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Emily Womble, right, and Aubrey Campbell near the 1-mile mark at the Moffat County Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Womble ran a personal-best 21 minutes, 25 seconds in the 5K, and Campbell finished third on the team and fourth overall in 22:09.

Moffat County cross-country doubles up Ws in home meet

CMS two-mile finishing times

Brandon Beason 13:41

Issac Trevenan 14:27

Drew Rothermund 14:32

Jeremy Looper 14:34

Blake Nielson 14:46

Devin McIntosh 15:10

Sadea Reidhead 16:48

Brianna Burkett 17:39

Molly Neton 18:20

Leah Jackson 21:02

Skyler Dean 21:29

MCHS 5k finishing times

Girls

Brenna Ciesco 20:46

Emily Womble 21:25

Aubrey Campbell 22:09

Makayla Johnson 22:37

Delaney Baker 22:54

Kaylee Durham 22:56

Katelyn Peroulis 23:15

Jesse Suits 23:27

Boys

Ashley Suits 19:25

Steven Walls 19:46

Isaac Chacon 20:41

Andrew Keiss 20:44

Riley Allen 20:50

Remmy Kohpay 20:57

Jay Carrico 22:32

— Running at home Saturday morning, both Moffat County cross-country teams showed the community what they were made of, winning both team scores.

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Ashley Suits, left, and Steven Walls run during the final mile of their race at the Moffat County Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Suits finished second in the boys race, Wall finished fourth and the Bulldogs won the team competition.

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Drew Rothermund, front, and Jeremy Looper, of the Craig Middle School cross-country team, sprint down the finishing chute Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The 2013 Moffat County Cross Country Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park also featured runners from Meeker, Rangely and Rawlins, Wyo. Both Moffat teams posted low scores and won their respective events.

In the girls race, Brenna Ciesco won for the second year in a row, posting a time of 20 minutes, 46 seconds. She was followed by Emily Womble in second place, Aubrey Campbell in fourth and Makayla Johnson in sixth for a team score of 13.

The boys ran without Jarrett Johnson on Saturday, but the others stepped up in his absence and ran well. Ashley Suits took second overall in 19:25, Steven Walls was fourth, Isaac Chacon was eighth and Andrew Keiss was ninth to make 23.

The morning started out cool, but by the time the boys raced, it had heated up and made conditions more difficult, Suits said.

“That was a tough first mile, running on the nature trail with all the tight turns, then going along the river with the hot sun on your back,” he said.

Suits started out further back in the race but came on strong in the second half for his highest-ever finish.

Although a considerably smaller event than others in which the Bulldogs have run this year, the home meet challenged the Bulldogs to push themselves. In the bigger meets Moffat County has attended, summoning the desire to run hard is a simpler task with others surrounding them.

As the race spread out at Loudy-Simpson, many were in between runners and on their own.

“Since it’s a smaller meet, you’ve got to run against yourself instead of against the others as much,” Womble said. “I felt like I did pretty good.”

Womble set a personal-best time at 21:25 with her runner-up finish.

The Bulldogs now are past the midway point of the season, with two meets remaining before regionals in Delta and state in Colorado Springs. Both teams still have aspirations of running in Colorado Springs, and they think they are on track.

“In general, I think we did pretty good,” Womble said. “We’re getting there. By the end of the season, we’ll be faster, and that’s the idea.”

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

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