Girls track team shuffles team lineups, finds success

Coach Mike Gleason is still figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady 'Dogs track team, but that didn't stop his girls from placing in the top five at Friday's Eagle Valley Invitational.

The Moffat County High School girls track team placed fourth at the Eagle Valley Invitational with many of the relay and individual events being an experiment in personnel.

"We changed a lot up for this meet," Gleason said. "We're still trying to figure out who will be on which relay and compete in which events."

Despite the experiments, the girls took 18 places in 14 events.

The biggest discovery in Gleason's track studies found two new possible members of the 4x400-meter relay team sophomores Brandi Babin and Ashlee Hafey.

The two sophomores ran on the 4x400 team composed of sprinters only and helped the team to a fourth-place finish with a time of 4:26.09. There was also a distance team the Bulldogs fielded in the relay and a combination of the two teams will most likely yield the 4x400 team that will be seen at regionals.

The only individual event to earn top honors at Eagle Valley took place on the field when junior Jeni Jones won the high jump. Jones jumped 5 feet even in the high jump and took a second in the triple jump with a 31-5 performance.

The only girls to finish in third place or better on the track were senior Charlotte Steele, junior Sheila McNicol and Babin.

Steele finished third in the 800-meter run and the 1,600. The placing in the 800 is Steele's first of the season. The senior placed fifth in the event at state in 2001.

McNicol's third-place finish in the 3,200 is her first top-five finish of the year. Up to this point, the junior had helped on relay teams and had only found an eighth-place finish in an individual event.

Babin was once again in front of the pack in the 100-meter sprint, finishing second with a time of 13.15. The time is two-tenths of a second slower than her first-place finish at Hotckiss last Saturday.

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