MCHS runners to take their mark Saturday |

MCHS runners to take their mark Saturday

Bruce Tippets

The Moffat County High School (MCHS) cross country team will be off and running Saturday with the season opener at the Kent Denver Invitational in Englewood, Colo.

According to coach Mike Gleason, the Bulldogs varsity team is ready.

“We had our time trial Saturday,” said Gleason. “The kids did really well. We wanted to find out who are the varsity runners.

“Some people took it a little more serious than others, which happens.”

Girls varsity runners this weekend will be Stephanie Hurd, Danielle Brown, Adrianne Bryant, Sheila McNicol, Charlotte Steel, Heather Urbanoski and Beth White.

“I think everybody is looking forward to running against other competition,” said Gleason. “I am really excited and hopefully things will go well.”

The boys will have Tim Bailey, Kelly Christensen, Brett Duncan, Colton Ginolds, Tim Kramer, Ben Kramer and Brynt Mitchell.

Duncan said the Bulldogs are prepared for the meet and he expects the team to be in the hunt for a state title.

“We are kind of tired of training. We are ready to compete,” said Duncan. “Last year we took 14th at state. This year I kind of expect the boys team to be in the top five. We have a real strong team and we will place high at most of our meets.”

Gleason said the meet Saturday is the site of the state meet which is slated for Oct. 30.

“This is where we are going to run at the end of the season. It’s nice to be familiar where everything is laid out,” he said. “We will run in the 4A and 5A division. I would expect that there may be be 30 or 40 teams there.”

A season ago, the Bulldogs had a good showing at the Kent Denver Invitational.

“Last year our girls finished second and our boys took seventh,” said Gleason. “This year we are a talented team and I we will have a great showing.”