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Moffat County cross country races to season’s end at state

Girls team places 5th, boys take 16th

The runners of the Moffat County High School cross country teams have gone as far as their feet can take them and gained some respectable honors in their biggest event of the season.

MCHS girls placed fifth and the boys 16th as part of the 3A state championships on Saturday in Colorado Springs. The teams took on the course at Norris Penrose Event Center with gusto.

However, this wasn't exactly the same terrain conditions runners had seen in August.

"It's a tough course, but they also put some new gravel down, so it was softer than that's been before," coach Todd Trapp said.

Trapp added that a much warmer climate was a surprise for runners expecting brisk October air.

As with every meet this season, the two top finishers were Emily Womble and Ashley Suits, Womble coming in 18th in the girls race and Suits 38th among the boys.

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At 22 minutes, 9 seconds, Womble came in 30 seconds slower than her state time last year, but she also jumped up 10 spots from her 28th place finish in 2013.

"At a state meet, times really don't matter, it's all about placing," Trapp said.

Allie Dilldine followed in 22nd place, then Kaylee Durham (47), Lauren Samuelson (48), Ary Shaffer (56), Delaney Baker (95) and Makenna Baker (115).

"To have them finish in the top five, you just have to be so excited," Trapp said. "We could have been higher, but the teams ahead of us just ran really hard today."

Overall, the results are almost exactly the same for the girls team as last year, with a first-place effort at the regional level, followed by fifth at state.

For the boys, it was far different, as Moffat County fielded a group of male runners for the first time in three years after taking third at regionals.

Results were more spread out, with Riley Allen No. 86, then Isiac Roop (94), Andrew Keiss (106), Brandon Beason (129), Steven Walls (138) and Isaac Chacon (148).

"3A boys is a very competitive field, and what our boys did on that course at the beginning of the year to what they did today showed the dedication over the course of the season," Trapp said. "Those guys improved one minute or two minutes, some of them three minutes."

With the season done for good, all that's left to do is anticipate track in the spring and next fall's cross country. And, with few seniors this year, Trapp will be able to retain most of his talent.

"If these kids come out again next year, I think we'll do very well," he said.

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Moffat County High School cross-country results from 3A State Championships in Colorado Springs

Girls

Name — Time, Ranking

Emily Womble — 22:09, 18

Allie Dilldine — 22:26, 22

Kaylee Durham — 23:19, 47

Lauren Samuelson — 23:20, 48

Ary Shaffer — 23:34, 56

Delaney Baker — 25:21, 95

Makenna Baker — 26:26, 115

—The girls team placed fifth overall at state.

Boys

Ashley Suits — 18:44, 38

Riley Allen — 19:33, 86

Isiac Roop — 19:47, 94

Andrew Keiss — 20:16, 106

Brandon Beason — 21:30, 129

Steven Walls — 22:20, 138

Isaac Chacon — 23:40, 148

— The boys placed 16th overall at state.