MCHS runners host meet Saturday |

MCHS runners host meet Saturday

Bruce Tippets

Good weather and good times.

That’s what the Moffat County High School cross country programs want to happen Saturday during the MCHS Invitational at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The junior varsity girls will begin the day at 10:30 a.m. Junior varsity boys race will follow at 11 a.m. The varsity girls race is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. and the varsity boys race will the meet at noon.

“It’s pretty exciting to host your own meet,” said coach Mike Gleason. “Right now we are expecting 17 teams that have said they are coming. All the big schools in the Western Slope will be here.”

Gleason encourages fans to come out and watch the race.

“The more people come out the better,” said Gleason. “I know that it is supposed to be a little cold on Saturday, but they will be out running either rain or snow. It will be really great to see some people come out and watch them run.”

All season long, the Bulldogs have placed high in the team standings and this meet should be no different.

“In the guys race we should do really well,” said Gleason. “On the girls side Fruita Monument is going to be tough. They have beat us every time this year. Two of our varsity girl runners will be out, but we are deep and I think some other girls will step up and have some good performances.”

Senior runner Brett Duncan is just glad to be at home.

“I am kind of tired of traveling and it’s a little easier just to wake up and go straight to the meet,” said Duncan. “I expect our team to do really well. We have a hard course that we have been training on all year and we have a little advantage over everybody else. The course is real rocky and we have a really big hill that no other course has.

“We are pleased with the way things have gone so far this season,” said Duncan. We have a lot stronger team this year than last and we have been placing pretty well in meets this year.”

Gleason said he isn’t surprised with the way the girls are running, but the boys team is exceeding expectations.

“I expected the girls to be a pretty strong team and they are,” said Gleason. “The guys are a little stronger than what we thought they were going to be. We have a little more depth this year and that really helps us.”


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