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Moffat County cross country takes team, individual triumphs at Liberty Bell Invite

The Moffat County High School varsity girls cross country team gathers to accept their trophy Saturday at the Liberty Bell Invitational. MCHS girls won first as a team in the Division 3 race, while Wyatt Mortenson was first individually for the boys.

Whether taking a healthy lead or running as a pack, both styles worked out well for the distance runners of Moffat County High School cross country in their latest event.

MCHS took multiple first-place honors Saturday at Littleton’s Liberty Bell Invitational, hosted by Heritage High School, as Wyatt Mortenson claimed the fastest finish of 232 runners in the Division 3 race, as well as his best recorded 5K time to date at 16 minutes, 33.2 seconds.

The Hayden athlete, who runs in the fall for Moffat County, narrowly took the gold, crossing the finish line four-tenths of a second in front of runner-up Owen Nolan of SkyView Academy, though the two were a good 22 seconds in front of the bronze recipient, University’s Burke Ewing.

Fellow Hayden runners Chris Carrouth and Keaton Knez followed at 20th and 30th, respectively, with times of 17:44 and 18:07, with Coltyn Terry and Theo Corrello 34th and 68th rounding out the Bulldog boys’ top five at 18:14 and 19:13, placing fourth among 18 teams.

In the girls results, MCHS won Division 3 altogether as a team, led by Makenna Knez, Halle Hamilton, Liberty Hippely, Kelsey McDiffett and Emma Jones, all within the top 20.

Knez, also from Hayden, took sixth with a 20:19, while Hamilton was ninth (20:46), Hippely 12th (20:49), McDiffett 18th (21:26) and Jones 18th (21:29).

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Coach Todd Trapp noted that the varsity girls group — which also included Lydia Berkoff, Bree Meats and Allison Villard — “packed up really well” to best multiple highly ranked schools in the team tally, their score of 59 half of second-place team Berthoud’s 118.

The split between the first five runners was less than 70 seconds, he added.

Bulldogs posted strong results across the board, with Alayna Behrman, Fiona Connor, Mackenzi Telford, Raine Harrell and Samantha Bade also running for the girls, while Kale Johnson, AJ Barber, Wilson Eike, Carter Behrman, Alex Nichols and Kadin Hume competed for the boys roster.

“We had a very focused team this week in practice, and it carried over into the meet,” Trapp said. “The guys and girls are realizing they are capable of big things this season.”

MCHS cross country next runs at Sept. 15’s Eagle Valley Invitational at Gypsum Creek Golf Course.

Moffat County High School cross country results from Liberty Bell Invitational

Boys

Wyatt Mortenson — 16:33.2; 1

Chris Carrouth — 17:44.9; 20

Keaton Knez — 18:07.5; 30

Coltyn Terry — 18:14.5; 34

Theo Corrello — 19:13.6; 68

Kale Johnson — 19:51.1; 90

AJ Barber — 20:02.7; 95

Wilson Eike — 20:31.4; 115

Carter Behrman — 21:34.7; 145

Alex Nichols — 22:39.3; 174

Kadin Hume — 23:42.7; 194

Girls

Makenna Knez — 20:19.6; 6

Halle Hamilton — 20:46; 9

Liberty Hippely — 20:49.5; 12

Kelsey McDiffett — 21:26.8; 17

Emma Jones — 21:29; 18

Lydia Berkoff — 21:52.7; 31

Bree Meats — 22:30.9; 46

Allison Villard — 22:39.3; 49

Alayna Behrman — 23:53.7; 81

Fiona Connor — 25:54.8; 123

Mackenzi Telford — 25:54.9; 124

Raine Harrell — 26:27.3; 134

Samantha Bade — 32:29.1; 181

— The girls team won the Division 3 race, boys placed fourth.