MCHS Cross Country Team off to a running start |

MCHS Cross Country Team off to a running start

Bruce Tippets

— The Moffat County High School cross country teams are off and running, and the teams want to make some noise for the 1999 season.

According to coach Mike Gleason, MCHS has identical numbers out for the squad compared to a year ago.

“We have 21 runners that are out for the team,” said Gleason. “That is the same number that we had last year. We practice twice a day. The kids are a little sore, but we have been having fun.”

The Bulldogs got an early start to the season with a practice at 12:01 Sunday morning.

“We did have a midnight run Monday morning just for fun and we had 12 kids that showed up,” said Gleason. “We ran relays out on the high school track with flashlights.

“The kids are a little sore from the two-a-days, but we have been having fun.”

Gleason said the boys team is loaded with seniors.

“When you look at the boys team we have five seniors,” said Gleason. “We have a total about eight runners on the boys team. We have some good leaders for the boys.”

Meanwhile, the girls are a younger squad, but they do have experience.

“We have 13 girls and they are all underclassmen,” said Gleason. “They also have some good leaders on the team.”

Gleason believes the teams are starting to get into shape.

“Right now we run from two miles to six miles,” said Gleason. “Some of them are in different shape and so you have some of them running different distances. The longest run of the season in practice will be 12 miles. We will run out to the power plant and back.

“Some ran a lot during the summer and some didn’t,” he added. “Usually, the older kids are the ones that run more in the summertime. We did have some young kids run, too. It’s hard to see where everybody is at until we have our first meet.”

Gleason wants his teams to be in the running for a state title.

“My goal for the team is to be the top five in the state for both boys and girls. If we did that, it would be a great season for us,” said Gleason.

MCHS will open the season against Kent Denver in Englewood, Colo. The same course will be used for the state meet on Oct. 23.

“We open up with the site of the state meet,” said Gleason. “We want to run on the state course and get a feel for what it’s like.”