In his first appearance of the year for Moffat County High School's boys track team, Cody Palmer jumped into the spotlight.
The sophomore jumper placed twice at Friday's Eagle Valley Invitational and constitutes one of seven individual places for the fifth-place Bulldogs.
Palmer had been held out of the first two meets of the season by a late-season injury in basketball but made up for his absence by leaping 19 feet 2 inches in the long jump, and bounding 39 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump.
Sophomore jumper Brad Hurd, who placed second in the high jump with a 5-foot, 11-inch performance, joined Palmer in placing.
"It was a good showing for Cody, especially since it was his first meet of the season," coach Gary Tague said. "And it was against some good competition."
The Bulldogs placed two runners at Eagle Valley, both in distance events. Senior Colton Grinolds and junior Bryce Ellgen placed in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200, respectively. Grinolds finished in third place with a time of 5:11.00 and Ellgen came in fifth at 11:35.00.
The meet was the first Grinolds has ran since the March 9 Rifle Quadrangular and he not only found the podium in individual events but also helped two relay teams to top honors. Grinolds assisted the 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams finish second and fifth respectively. Most of the results from the running events showed the Moffat County was not at its peak performance at Eagle Valley but Tague had expected the slump after the week of practice they put in.
"We had the distance runners on a three-day interval training this week," Tague said.
"It's something we do only twice a year for training and it takes a lot out of the guys."
The Bulldogs found two places on the podium in throwing events. Seniors Ryan Hess tossed his way to a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, three inches, and Joe Jacobs finished sixth in discus with a throw of 121 feet, two inches.
Up to this point in the season the boys have only placed once in a throwing event, which occurred at Hotchkiss when Jacobs finished fourth in the discus.
"There were some good kids at Eagle Valley mostly all from the Western Slope," Tague said. "Other than most of our kids fighting fatigue, they're progressing well in the season."
The next competition for the boys track team will be at the Palisade Invitational at Grand Junion on Saturday.