Tough decisions

Roster for girls relay team up in air

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Moffat County High School track Coach Mike Gleason still doesn't know what to do with many of the girls relay teams.

Take the 4x400-meter relay for instance. A week ago at the Palisade Invitational the relay team ran to a second-place finish with sophomore Ashlee Hafey on the squad and this week at the Fruita Invitational took a first-place finish with sophomore Camillia Bird at Hafey's spot.

The finish helped the girls track team to a first-place finish overall.

But Gleason said it poses a conundrum for him.

Gleason said because Hafey and Bird have only a tenth-of-a-second difference in their performances, he has a tough decision regarding who makes the team.

"I really don't know who's going to compete in what event," Gleason said. "All the girls are running well in the events that I've put them in, so it's a hard decision of who will for sure make up a relay team."

The same goes for nearly every other relay team except the 4x100-meter relay team and the 4x200. The sprint relays don't give Gleason the luxury of manipulation late in the season because of the rhythm needed to be gained on the hand-offs.

One factor helping Gleason decide who goes where is that athletes can only be entered in four events.

"It's hard right now because there are six events with the same athletes," he said. "I'll just keep playing around with stuff until I figure it out."

While the relay teams may leave Gleason undecided, he won't have to tinker too much with the jumpers because junior Jeni Jones has made herself an easy choice.

Jones took first place in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, which is just an inch under state qualification. Jones also took a third-place finish in the triple jump with a 32 1 leap and finished second in the long jump with a 15 7 jump.

"Jeni has been one of our biggest surprises of the season," Gleason said. "She's done a great job so far and her qualification jump will come."

Gleason went into the Fruita Invitational planing to do something he hadn't all year win. Usually the coach uses the regular season to tinker with his lineup and see who fits into what events.

This time he set his team up to win by placing his athletes in their best events in what was supposed to be the second qualification meet of the season. A broken accu-track, which is a timing device used for official qualification times, made the meet a non-qualifier.

"I put the kids in their best events because I figured it was time to see what they could do," Gleason said. "It was great to see the kids win and like they did."

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