Moffat County High School track coach Gary Tague wasn't surprised that at the first state-qualifying meet of the season the Bulldogs came home empty handed; his team is still young.
Despite the lack of state qualifications the boys track team did place in eight events, four individual and four relays, at Saturday's Palisade Invitational.
"We're just a young team and have to keep working hard to get to state," Tague said. "The boys have some tough qualification times to reach and many will have to wait until the regional tournament to run them."
The only runner to place in an individual event on the track was junior Tim Bailey who finished fourth in the 800-meter run. Bailey ran a 2:05.7 in the 800, which is five seconds from state qualification.
The Bulldogs placed two jumpers, with sophomores Brad Hurd and Cody Palmer leaping into the winner's circle for another week.
Hurd finished fourth in the high jump with a 5-foot-8-inch jump, which is down from his
performances earlier this season.
Palmer, in his second meet of the season, finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, six inches. Palmer had missed the opening meets of the season because of a basketball injury, which flared up to kept him out of Saturday's triple jump.
"Palmer is jumping well but he's got a lot of competition in league," Tague said.