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Moffat County boys, girls runners on path to state meet

Girls cross country team wins 3rd consecutive regional championship

The Moffat County High School cross-country runners competed in the 3A Region 1 event Friday, with the boys and girls teams qualifying for the state competition Oct. 25. The girls won their third straight regional title while the boys placed third as a team, making it to the state level for the first time in three years. Pictured are, top row, from left: Isiac Roop, Riley Allen, Steven Walls, Andrew Keiss, Ashley Suits, Remmy Kohpay, Garrett Flint, Isaac Chacon, Nick Pugh (did not compete). Middle row: Coach Jennifer Pressgrove, Kaylee Durham, Ary Shaffer, Delaney Baker, Lauren Samuelson, Makenna Baker, Allie Dilldine, coach Todd Trapp. Front: Emily Womble. Not pictured: Brandon Beason (will attend state), Tyler Driggs (attended the event, did not compete).

— Crossing the finish line Friday was just the beginning for the runners of Moffat County High School's cross country program.

The boys and girls teams will attend the 3A state championships Oct. 25 in Colorado Springs after their strong showing at the 3A Region 1 competition Friday in Delta.

The girls team won the day to clinch their third straight regional title, a three-peat feat that did not surprise coach Todd Trapp in the least, with three MCHS girls in the top five: Emily Womble, Ary Shaffer and Allie Dilldine.

"We've got a nice streak going, back to back to back," he said.

Meanwhile, the boys placed third as a group, the first time since 2011 MCHS has been able to send a boys team to the state level.

"They're pretty excited, and it's what we've been shooting for all year," Trapp said. "Those boys have worked super hard this year."

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Individually, Womble had the best overall ranking of Moffat County, taking second place at a time of 20 minutes, 8 seconds in the 5-kilometer event, but the silver medalist very well could have won, keeping up with top runner Hailey Swiburl, of Basalt, for much of the first mile at Delta's Confluence Park.

"She was a lot taller than I am and had longer legs, so she was able to pull ahead," Womble said.

Basalt's Zach Walsh won the boys race, in which Moffat County's Ashley Suits placed seventh, crushing his personal-best time achieved in Rifle by another half-minute, hitting 17:15, a number he wagers he can make even smaller at state.

"It's a great feeling knowing that even in a week you can improve," he said. "I think we can all get a faster time at state."

Each team qualified seven for state. The girls include Womble, Shaffer, Dilldine, Lauren Samuelson, Kaylee Durham, Delaney Baker and Makenna Baker. The boys team will consist of Suits, Riley Allen, Isiac Roop, Andrew Keiss, Brandon Beason, Steven Walls and Isaac Chacon, with Remmy Kohpay and Garrett Flint as alternates.

"It's going to be a fun trip. It's always great to be able to take both teams," Trapp said.

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Moffat County High School cross-country results from 3A Region 1 event in Delta

Girls

Name — Time, Ranking

Emily Womble — 20:08, 2

Ary Shaffer — 20:22, 4

Allie Dilldine — 20:32, 5

Lauren Samuelson — 21:27, 12

Kaylee Durham — 21:35, 16

Delaney Baker — 22:17, 25

Makenna Baker — 22:55, 29

The girls team won the regional title and will travel to state.

Boys

Ashley Suits — 17:15, 7

Riley Allen — 17:25, 15

Isiac Roop — 18:28, 28

Andrew Keiss — 18:31, 31

Brandon Beason — 18:36, 34

Steven Walls — 19:20, 43

Isaac Chacon — 19:40, 47

Remmy Kohpay — 20:07, 52

Garrett Flint — 21:12, 65

The boys team took third place overall, qualifying for state.