To senior Randy Runyan Saturday's Montrose Invitational was a dream fulfilled.
After four years of swimming for the Moffat County High School team the senior finally qualified for state as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team. The finish helped the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish at Montrose with 240 points, while District 51 won it all with 303.
Runyan not only sees the qualification as a goal realized but as motivation to do more with the remaining season.
"For me getting qualified in a relay drives me to do more with the rest of the season," Runyan said. "It makes me look for an individual qualification in the remaining meets."
Next to the state meet Friday and Saturday's Jeffco Invitational will be the hardest waters the Bulldogs will swim in this season.
The invitational gathers a contention of Colorado's Class 4A and 5A teams to Arvada's Myer's Pool, making for the largest meet in the Bulldogs regular season. The large size of the invitational is actually a driving point for the Moffat County swimmers, who will look to shave seconds and qualify more individuals while being pushed by some of the state's better athletes.
"It's a big meet all around," coach Jim Vorhies said. "For our younger kids it will be a real eye opener because of its size but it should really push us to better our times."
The two teams working to better their times the most are the 200-meter freestyle and medley relay teams. The teams as of the last meet were both ranked 11th in Class 4A.
The relay teams aren't the only ones shooting for improvement. Vorhies said he expects the high-caliber competition of Jeffco to push swimmers in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke to qualification.
"This meet will really get the guys' motors going," Vorhies said. "Hopefully we'll be able to sneak a few qualifications in."