Moffat County track teams close season at home track meet

Girls take first place, boys pull in fifth

It was a typical Saturday for the Lady Bulldogs track team. Run, jump and throw, and walk away with the invitational championship by 87 points.

While the girls performed in their usual overwhelming fashion, there was warning of the team's fallibility in the form of the Brown twins, Shonda and Jessica, from Class 2A West Grand.

Shonda edged Bulldog Jill Adamek out in the 200-meter sprint by one hundredth of a second. Jessica won the 400, leaving Laurel Mortensen to place third. Jessica Brown also beat Emily Mortensen in the 800 where she took first by a full two seconds.

"She [Jessica Brown] had too much of a kick for me at the end," Emily Mortensen said. "That's been one of the things I've tried to work on all year, a strong start to make up for my finishes. Jessica showed what happens when I depend on my kick too much."

Despite wins in three individual events the Brown twins walked away with, the Moffat County girls finished their regular season strong at the Moffat County High School Invitational Saturday.

The relay teams made up for the individual performances, winning the 4x800, 4x400, 4x200, and 4x100.

One of the major stumbling blocks for all the athletes was the wind. The elevated position of Moffat County High School's track allowed a westerly wind to blow at full gale the entire meet.

"The weather didn't give us much to work with," girls track coach Mike Gleason said. "But I felt that we did very well aside from the conditions, and had some class athletes to finish the season with."

The boys track team finished in fifth place, in what boys coach Gary Tague said was their best showing of the year. The only non-Class 4A team to beat them was Rangely, which placed fourth. Rifle walked away the invitational championship.

Senior Jarrod Burns was once again the Bulldogs standout in individual events, pulling into second place in the 1,600, and third in the 3,200.

The team also had second-place finishes in the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

"We really needed to build some momentum for regionals this week, and I really think that the boys did that Saturday," Coach Tague said.

The Regional Invitational, held at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, starts Friday. The Bulldogs' track teams plan to take 39 athletes 22 tracksters from the girls team and 17 from the boys.

Competing in regionals is a honor which is earned. The coaches travel only those who have met team standards.

"We want to make regionals something special, not something you just go to every year," Coach Gleason said. "We just need to go in there with a good mind-set and perform like we have all year."

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