Cross-country team runs faster
Quicker course amounts to best individual times of season
Craig — Flat and fast.
Coach Todd Trapp used those words to describe the course his Moffat County High School cross-country team raced Friday, in the Liberty Bell Invitational in Denver.
“The footing was perfect,” Trapp said. “Pavement, crushed gravel and perfect temperatures. Absolutely perfect conditions.”
The conditions bode well for the lady Bulldogs, who placed fifth out of 21 teams. The boys finished 15th out if 20 teams.
“Every kid ran their fastest time ever,” Trapp said. “They ran fantastic.”
Trapp said that although his team isn’t ranked, the girls beat teams that were in the top 10 in the state.
“The girls are totally progressing from meet to meet,” he said. “You can really start to see it in practice.”
Trapp also pointed to the accomplishments of freshman Callie Papoulas.
“Callie was great,” he said. “At the beginning of the season she was our number seven runner. Now she’s our five. Her confidence is growing.
“She’s been working with the faster girls, and it’s coming together.”
Trapp said he was just as impressed with Corey Wojtkiewicz, Colt Criswell and Kevin Murray.
“Corey and Colt both shaved off 1:15 from last week’s meet,” he said. “But Kevin was incredible. He cut his time down by more than two minutes.”
Trapp said his kids have run more than 200 miles this season, but the work isn’t finished.
“We’ll be out at 9 a.m. tomorrow,” he said. “We have a long ways to go. There are still five weeks to go before state.”
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