Moffat County Cross-Country remains on the way to the home club
Joslyn Bacon runs for Moffat County’s cross-country last season in this photo.
Andy Bockelman / For the Craig Press
After nearly a month on the road for competition, Moffat County High School long-distance runners are excited to finally get their feet moving on familiar ground this week.
MCHS Cross Country ran on the Front Range on Saturday during the St. Vrain Invitational hosted by Lyons High School.
With a course designed for the audience as well as the runners, with three laps on the grounds, the Bulldog teams finished fifth among the 2A and 3A girls and ninth among the 2A / 3A boys.
Halle Hamilton and Emma Jones battled again to see who would cross the finish line first in the group, with Hamilton one step ahead with 22: 06.7 and Jones 22: 07.1 in 16 and 16 respectively.
Her older colleagues Bree Meats came in 31st at 23: 07.6, with Brook Wheeler in second year in 54th place at 24: 19.6. In the second year Joslyn Bacon only just stayed in the top 5 of the Bulldogs in 105th place, her 27: 19.6 seconds ahead of junior Marta Pelanconi with 27: 27.6.
Newcomers Hannah Kilpatrick and Alyssa LeWarne followed for the Bulldogs with 122 and 124, with junior Natalia Lopez 139.
The Bulldog boys have seen several changes in the order of goals this season as well, with runner-up Owen Gifford leading the field this time, 27th out of 194 in an even larger field with a time of 18: 53.8.
Junior Ian Trevenen finished 31st and stayed just below the 19-minute mark with 18: 59.9, while Junior Boden Reidhead was 48th with 19: 32.4 and Senior Kale Johnson was 19: 34.4 took 51st place.
Senior Alex Nichols stayed in double digits in 98th place (21: 06.2), while Senior Kadin Hume was 130th.
Junior Garrett Mercer was 135th, Travis LeFevre 159 and Carson Laehr was 162 in his sophomore year.
The Lyon terrain may have been an unusual challenge for MoCo athletes, but all runners will have some level of familiarity with their next circuit.
The Moffat County Invite begins on Saturday, September 25th at Loudy-Simpson Park, a multi-race day at 7:15 am
This is followed by junior high girl and boy races, including Craig Middle School runners, with high school events rounding off the morning.
Area teams expected include Steamboat Springs, Soroco, Rangely, West Grand, Meeker and Grand Valley, and Rawlins, Wyoming and Vernal, Utah.
MCHS will also host the Whistle Pig Invite on October 15th at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.