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Moffat County cross-country on right path

Saturday home meet, increased workouts leading to regionals

The cross-country runners of Moffat County High School head west down Crescent Drive, alongside U.S. Highway 40, during their Tuesday practice session. The teams will run at Loudy-Simpson Park this weekend, hosting the Moffat County Invitational.

— When you run on a regular basis, you're never in one place for too long, but the cross-country teams of Moffat County High School are right where they need to be for this point in the season.

The boys and girls teams of MCHS will host their home meet this weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park, the first and only time they'll compete in Craig this season.

Coach Todd Trapp said the teams are hitting their stride midway through the season, after a solid performance Friday in Littleton during the Liberty Bell Invitational.

"We're excited where we're at right now," he said.

MCHS junior Emily Womble has led the girls team in each race they've run this year, with her time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds putting her at National Elite status, edging past the 19:45 qualifying mark.

"It's the first time I've ever gotten below 20 minutes, and my dad and brother got to watch me do that, so I was pretty excited," she said. "We have a pretty fantastic girls team this year."

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Fellow junior Ashley Suits faced more of a struggle at Liberty Bell, with a previous injury flaring up at the worst possible time.

"Last Tuesday, my knee went out, and it popped at Liberty Bell toward the finish line, so I was limping in," he said. "I was in a lot of pain."

Suits said that with a little recuperation, he is ready to tackle the course at Loudy-Simpson this weekend.

"We're used to it, so we know all the bits and corners," he said.

Trapp said the home meet will allow the teams to "taper" somewhat — the most difficult races came early in the season, so while the competition won't be as fierce, the preparation still will be.

"We're going to take a few weeks and really concentrate on training," he said. "We did our training through meets before, and now we're really going to work hard in practice, have tough workouts, work on our long run."

Next week, MCHS teams will return to Loudy-Simpson for a non-competitive event: time trials.

"We did that at the beginning of the season to give them a baseline, so now they can see how much they've improved," Trapp said.

For junior Andrew Keiss, his personal best time in his high school running career came at Liberty Bell, as it did with many of his teammates. Still, his goal of breaking 18 minutes in a race remains elusive.

"We're at the peak of our workouts now, but I haven't hit it yet," he said.

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