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Bulldogs nab top spot at Montrose

Bruce Tippets

The Moffat County High School (MCHS) cross county program swept the team titles Saturday at the Montrose Invitational.

In the girls team standings, MCHS finished with 22 points. Montrose was a distant second with 52 points and Fruita Monument was third with 72 points.

Individually, the Bulldogs were paced by Stephanie Hurd and Beth White who tied for fourth place with a time of 23 minutes and 9 seconds. Charlotte Steele was sixth (23:11) and Sheila McNicol finished in seventh place (23:12).

“On Saturday we ran as a group and I was pleased with the way the whole team did,” said Hurd. “On Friday, Fruita Monument beat us at the Tiger Invitational and Saturday we beat them.”

Rachael Anderson of Grand Junction Central won the Montrose Invitational with a time of 21:36. Corine Trujillo of Ouray finished second (21:57) and Megan Lund of Glenwood Springs came in third (22:03).

The boys finished ahead of the pack with 30 points. Montrose was second with 38 points and Grand Junction Central was third with 44 points.

Colton Grinolds, Ben Kramer, Brett Duncan and Kelly Christensen all tied for sixth place with a time of 19:42.

Mark Tolber of Montrose finished in first place with a time of 18:16 and Ben Tobler crossed the line second (18:44).

Friday, the Bulldogs competed at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction and the girls came in second place with 48 points. Fruita Monument won the top spot with 45 points.

Hurd and Beth White tied for fourth place with a time of 20:29. McNicol finished in sixth place (20:40) and Steele came in eighth place (20:52).

“I think the girls would have won the first day at the Tiger Invitational if I would have had a couple of girls up in the varsity race that were usually varsity members,” said Gleason. “They missed some practices this week and so they did the junior varsity race.”

For the boys, Christensen finished in second place with a time of 15:51.

Duncan came in ninth place (17:33) to round out the top 10 Bulldogs finishes.

“Friday Kelly ran the fastest time he has ever ran before,” said Gleason. “He has never broken 16 minutes before. He really had a great performance and great time.”

The girls junior varsity team captured first place Friday and Danielle Brown led the way by finishing in first place with a time of 22:42. Rachel Halcomb finished in second place (22:43).

“I kind of had a feeling that the girls would be up there,” said Gleason. “I think that the guys team is a little bit of a surprise. We knew that we had a good enough team to make it to state and know we have a good enough team to win regionals.”

The Bulldogs will next be in action today at the Uintah Invitational.

“Last year the girls really ran away with the meet at Uintah,” said Gleason. “I think that both our teams should do well. The course is all on grass and they should have a fun time.”