Moffat County runners race to 4th at Liberty Bell Invite
Craig Middle School girls cross country wins Soroco Invite
Moffat County High School cross country teams were in the mix Friday during the large-scale Liberty Bell Invitational hosted by Littleton’s Heritage High School, a race that resulted in both Bulldog groups placing fourth in their division.
Head coach Todd Trapp said the conditions were just right for success in the race that included more than 80 schools from Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico.
“It’s a very competitive meet, and we got lucky that the sun went under the clouds, it was cooler, and we had some great times,” he said.
Hayden runners Chris Carrouth and Makenna Knez, both juniors, led the MCHS boys and girls teams, respectively, with Carrouth placing 10th of 210 male Division 4 harriers at 17 minutes, 17 seconds and Knez 15th of 200 girls at 20:44.
In his first varsity race, freshman Coltyn Terry cracked the boys’ top 20, ranking 19th at 17:49, followed closely by senior Brandon Beason in 21st at 17:49 and junior Carter Severson 34th with 18:29 and freshman Wyatt Mortenson rounded out the qualifying scores in 39th, 18:41.
The boys team also included Keaton Knez (placing 43rd at 18:46), Grant Wade (116, 21:26), Josh Worster (124, 21:46), Colin Jensen (125, 21:47), Tyler Driggs (126, 21:52), Wilson Eike (127, 21:55) and AJ Barber (128, 22:00).
Getting the girls in the rankings were sophomore Liberty Hippely (19, 20:54), freshmen Emaleigh Papierski and Kelsey McDiffett (28, 21:35; 29, 21:36) and sophomore Allison Villard (53, 22:49), as well as Lydia Berkoff (127, 26:07), Tate Severson (136, 26:57) and Raine Harrell (154, 28:34).
“I think they were really excited with their results and moving on, they want to keep getting better and make some good things happen this year,” Trapp said. “Every day they’re willing to put forth that effort, work hard and have great attitudes.”
While high school hit the Front Range, Craig Middle School stayed closer to home, competing Saturday morning in Oak Creek for the Soroco Invite.
Halle Hamilton won the junior high, two-mile girls race individually, with a time of 14:02, a team victory also going to CMS girls as Rylie Felten and Emma Jones each posted points at sixth and 11th, with Bree Meats, Shaylee Patterson, Megan Neton, Joslyn Bacon and Avery Atkin also running.
CMS boys were third as a group, led by Carter Behrman in fifth at 13:53, joined by Owen Gifford, Boden Reidhead, Grady Wooden, Kenny Fredrickson, Carson Laehr, Noah Mortenson, Hudson Jones, Ian Trevenen, Jackson Olinger, Kadin Hume, Alex Nichols, Evan Allen, Hance Langley, Zach Craig and Tommy Driggs.
MCHS and CMS Bulldogs alike will next compete Sept. 16 at the Eagle Valley Invite in Gypsum.
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