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Bulldogs place high in first meet of the year

Bruce Tippets

Kelly Christensen paced the Moffat County High School boys cross county team Saturday by crossing the line in third place among 204 runners at the Kent Denver Invitational in Englewood, Colo.

Christensen, a senior, finished the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes and 39 seconds. The effort helped the boys team place 12th in a field of 30 teams. The Bulldogs finished with a team score of 362. Thompson Valley took home the top spot with 118 points and Durango finished in second place with 135 points.

“Kelly had a great race on Saturday and he should finish up in the top,” said coach Mike Gleason. “I was very pleased with the results from both the boys and girls teams.”

Other top performances for the boys were by Brett Duncan, who finished in 49th place (18:20) and Brynt Mitchell who came in 94th (19:11).

Bryan Dillon of Sterling won the meet with a time of 16:26 and Paul Hamilton of Thompson Valley finished second with a time of 16:35.

For the girls, Stephanie Hurd led the way by finishing in 17th place among 188 runners with a time of 20:59. Sheila McNicol came in 28th place (21:34) and Charlotte Steal (22:04) finished in 40th place.

Annie Bersagal of Greeley Central won the first place medal with a time of 19:33 and Collen Blair of Mullen finished in second place with a time of 19:52. In the team standings, the girls finished in eighth place among 25 teams with a score of 255 points. Mullen ran away with the meet by coming in first place with 46 points. Highlands Ranch was a distant second with 133 points and Thompson Valley came in third with 176 points.

“Right now we are just looking at the first few meets to get our times down,” said Gleason.

The Bulldogs will next be in action Friday at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction, Colo., and Saturday they will take part in the Montrose Invitational in Montrose, Colo.