The loss of Jill Adamek and Heather Urbanoski to graduation last year could have meant trouble for the Lady 'Dogs if it weren't for sprinters like Brandi Babin.
Adamek and Urbanoski constituted three years worth of state qualifications in sprint events but sophomore Babin is following in their spike-laden footsteps.
In the Moffat County High School girls track team's second outing of the season, Babin finished first in the 100-meter sprint and second in the 200 as the Lady 'Dogs finished in first place Saturday at Hotchkiss.
While seven girls graduated from the 2001 team that placed third at state a factor coach Mike Gleason said would affect their supremacy this year it hasn't shown much of an impact on the team yet.
"We're definitely not as dominant as we were with those seniors who graduated, but we're still strong," he said. "We're going to be good this season."
It was Babin who shined with the team's only first place in an individual event but it was the distance events that accounted for most of the points.
The distance events garnered 39 of the 77 points Moffat County accrued for the season's first team win.
Senior Charlotte Steele showed once again if a run is more than a mile it will most likely be a Lady 'Dog in front of the pack. The senior placed second in two events, including one in which she's never competed. She pulled into second place in the one-mile and two-mile run, with Saturday being her introduction to the two-mile.
"Charlotte has been trying to get ready for the track season since the end of cross country," Gleason said. "All through basketball she would get up at five in the morning and run, so she was ready to go this spring."
Relays once again are the Lady 'Dogs strong suit with two finishing second or better. The 4x800-meter relay team finished first with a time of 10:19.41.
The team is nearly untested with Steele being the only returning runner from the sate champion squad of 2001.
The 4x100 relay team finished up in second place with a time of 53.48 and would have done better if it weren't for the first month of practice being held indoors, Gleason said.
"We were fighting for first place the whole time in the 4x100. Some bad hand-offs slowed us down," Gleason said. "We just need to get sharper now that we're outside."
Junior Jeni Jones vaulted into the top-five in two jumping events all without the luxury of practice. Jones finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump. She has only practiced once in the high jump and never in the triple.
The throwing events, which in the past have been a weak point for the Moffat County girls, saw promise in freshman Brittani Weber. Weber tossed the shot 29 feet and two inches, which was just out of placing but only by a few inches.
"We still need some practice because there are some kinks that need to be worked out," Gleason said. "But we've always known that we don't come on until the end of the season."