Aspen meet not the best for Bulldog harriers
The steep ascents of the Aspen cross country course didn’t make for one of the better meets of for the Moffat County High School team.
“We haven’t been training these runners to be hill runners,” coach Dustin Ence said. “Our regional and state courses are flat so we didn’t have one of our best meets of the year at Aspen.”
Another factor in the final team results was that with Aspen being a Class 3A school, the top four runners were scored instead of the normal five.
“For the guys, the scoring made a difference and we would have placed higher,” Ence said. “For the girls, it might not have made a difference.”
The boys, without varsity runners Steve Crisp and Lincoln Cleverly, finished sixth in the meet behind 4A schools Steamboat Springs, Montrose and second-ranked Cheyenne Mountain.
Freshman Jake Miller led the way for the Bulldogs with a ninth-place finish. Seniors Anthony Loughran and Justin Ellgen finished with each other at 17th and 18th. Drew Lyon and Jeremy Bird crossed the finish line in 41st and 44th respectively and Ricardo Pinedo came in 55th for the Bulldogs. The boys race had 15 teams and more than 100 runners.
“Jake and Justin probably had our better races this weekend,” Ence said.
In the girls race, junior Angela Nelson continued to lead the Bulldogs with a 17th-place finish, while freshman Katie Morris was the second runner from the Bulldogs in 21st place. While Ence hadn’t yet received the official results for the girls race, he said the order of the final six runners for the girls were junior Amelia Parker, sophomore Alyssa Macomber followed by freshmen Katie Knez and Jacquelyn Kinder.
With their effort, the girls finished fifth.
“The girls had some good workouts this week,” Ence said. “They haven’t let the fact that we have had injuries bother them.”
The next race for the Bulldogs is a tune-up at Palisade the week before the regional.
“We’ll put Aspen behind us pretty quickly and focus on the end of the season,” Ence said. “The three remaining courses are flat and fast.”
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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