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Bulldog runners on a roll

Bruce Tippets

Make that two wins in a row for the Moffat County High School (MCHS) cross country program as runners captured the boys and girls team titles Tuesday at the Uintah Invitational.

In the girls team standings, MCHS finished the afternoon in Vernal, Utah, with 19 points. Individually, the Bulldogs swept the top four spots with Sheila McNicol coming in first with a time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds. Stephanie Hurd came in second place (20:50), Beth White crossed the line in third place (21:02) and Charlotte Steele finished in fourth (21:06). Danielle Brown came in ninth place (21:58) to round out the top 10 finishers.

“The kids are running really well,” said coach Mike Gleason. “I must say that they are running some pretty good times. Those top four girls are all so close and it’s really good go to see them push each other. I think that it helps the whole team all the way around.”

The Bulldogs boys finished ahead of the field with 41 points. Kelly Christensen took home the top spot with a time of 16:02. Brett Duncan came in fourth place (17:24) and Brynt Mitchell finished in ninth place (17:58).

“For the boys team it’s a little different as Kelly is the top runner,” said Gleason. “We kind of have an order there. The girls kind of flip flop every time.

“The last two meets that we have gone to are small meets and that makes a difference,” said Gleason. “These meets we have been running against smaller schools, and bigger schools. We have been competiting against a little bit of everything.”

The Bulldogs will next run at the Liberty Bell in Littleton, Colo.,

“Friday at the Liberty Bell there will be 20 or 30 teams. Everything that we run against Friday will be all Class 4A,” said Gleason. “We all get excited about the race because it will give us an idea of how we look compared to other teams around the state.”