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Moffat County cross country hits the trail at Cheyenne Mountain Stampede to start season

Craig Press Staff Report

Hayden's Wyatt Mortenson competes in the 2017 Moffat County High School Invitational. MCHS cross country began its season Friday at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, with Mortenson placing fourth.

The fleet of foot for Moffat County High School are getting in motion.

MCHS cross country’s first race of the fall saw three Bulldogs in the top 10 of the 3A events during Friday’s Cheyenne Mountain Stampede at Colorado Springs’ Norris Penrose Event Center.

Hayden’s Wyatt Mortenson placed fourth of 120 competitors in the varsity boys race with a time of 17 minutes, 49 seconds in the 5K, only 10 seconds behind his finishing results during the 2017 state championships, which took place on the same course.

Mortenson is one of several Hayden athletes who run for Moffat County, another being Makenna Knez, who finished seventh of 107 in the 3A girls race at 21:35, only 15 seconds slower than her state time.

Kelsey McDiffett earned ninth for the MCHS girls at 21:47, while Liberty Hippely clocked in at 24:54 for 44th.

For boys, Hayden’s Chris Carrouth was 30th (19:06) and Carter Severson 37th (19:26) in their first race back in competition.

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Neither MoCo group placed in the team rankings, which only includes schools that have five or more runners in the varsity races, though the Bulldogs had 19 runners entered in the open class.

Keaton Knez led the boys JV at 19:33, Logan Hafey at 20:23, AJ Barber 22:18 and Wilson Eike 22:28.

For JV girls, Halle Hamilton finished at 23:27, Lydia Berkoff 23:34, Emma Jones 24:06 and Allison Villard 24:23.

Also running were Alex Nichols (25:06), Kale Johnson (25:14), Theo Corrello (25:49), Bree Meats (26:46), Kadin Hume (28:14), Fiona Connor (28:25), Raine Harrell (28:31), Mackenzi Telford (29:53), Tate Severson (31:39), Chase Serio (31:48) and Samantha Bade (38:59).

MCHS cross country is next scheduled to compete at Heritage High School’s Liberty Bell Invitational Sept. 8 in Littleton.