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Bulldog runners gunning for top spot

Bruce Tippets

After a successful season, the Moffat County High School cross country teams will look to run away with the team titles Friday at the regional meet in Grand Junction, Colo.

Teams in the region are Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction Central, Palisade, Delta, Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez.

“The way the region works is that the top four teams from our region will go to state,” said coach Mike Gleason. “We have nine teams in our region.”

According to Gleason, the girls team should have little competition.

“On the girls competition, we have a great chance of winning,” Gleason said. “If everyone runs the way they are capable of, it won’t even be close. We should be that far out in front of everyone.”

For the boys team, Gleason believes it will be a three-team race.

“On the guys side it should be really close,” he said. “I think that it will be between Montrose, Grand Junction Central and us. I think that we should be able to sweep it and hopefully that is what happens.”

Bulldogs varsity runner Kelly Christensen, a senior, looks to be the clear favorite on the boys side while Stephanie Hurd, a junior, ought to finish in the top three.

“Kelly ran his fastest time of the year when we were (in Grand Junction) before and I don’t know if anyone will be within 30 seconds of him,” said Gleason. “Stephanie should finish in the top three and maybe she can sneak in for a second place.”

Christensen’s time on the Grand Junction course was 15 minute, 51 seconds and he believes he has a chance to eclipse that time on Friday.

“I will just have to go there and run my race,” said Christensen. “I have only been beaten by people outside our region. The course is really fast and half of its on dirt. Hopefully, I can go out and push myself and get a better time.”