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Moffat County cross country lays it on the line at state championships

Moffat County's Makenna Knez runs Saturday in the Class 3A cross country state championship in Colorado Springs. The Bulldogs took ninth for the boys team and 15th for girls.
Joel Reichenberger

Every step, every breath, every moment of struggle led to one thing for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School cross country teams Saturday as they ran their final race of the year at the 3A State Championships. cross country teams Saturday as they ran their final race of the year at the 3A State Championships.

Moffat County High School cross country teams Saturday as they ran their final race of the year at the 3A State Championships.

After going all the way this season, Bulldog runners were at the ultimate level at Colorado Springs’ Norris Penrose Event Center, with boys placing ninth as a group and girls 15th, both out of 20 teams.

Out of a total 157 male runners, Riley Allen rounded out the 3A’s top 20 with a time of 17 minutes, 24.59 seconds.

“I really feel like I left it all out there today,” said Allen, an MCHS senior.

Hayden’s Chris Carrouth was 44th (17:56.27), Connor Scranton 58th (18:10.39), Brandon Beason 87th (18:45.47), Carter Severson, 92nd (18:49.60), Wyatt Boatright 132nd (19:56.36) and Tyler Driggs 142nd (20:27.93).

With 154 girls running, Liberty Hippely led Moffat County girls at 56th at 21:33.80, Hayden’s Makenna Knez next at 65th (21:49), Madysen Cramer 88th (22:48.10), Kaylee Durham 106th (23:18.40), Abby Bohne 125th (23.59.10) and Allison Villard 145th (25:07.10).

Cramer said the Colorado Springs venue is one most of the Bulldogs have taken on enough times — including at the beginning of this season — to know the terrain well.

“It gets competitive, but we’re pretty comfortable with it by now,” she said.

Some long distance runners will be back on their feet in competition come spring as the track and field season begins, while others, like Cramer, a sophomore, will be taking on cross country the next fall.

Durham, the lone senior on the girls side, said the last five-kilometer race of her high school career was more than a little emotional.

“We all put our hearts out on that course,” she said.

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