Pretty in pink shoes

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GRAND JUNCTION -- Rowan DuBois is accustomed to wearing bright shoes -- his soccer cleats were fluorescent orange -- but the pink track spikes he wore Saturday at the Palisade Invitational weren't his first choice.

"I forgot my spikes at school," he said. "None of the guys had a pair that fit, so I had to wear one of the girls' shoes."

Pink shoes didn't turn out too bad for the Moffat County senior. He ran in the only event in which the Bulldogs placed first -- he joined senior Cole Hausner and sophomores Andrew Drake and Sam Weeldreyer on the first-place 800-meter relay team.

"We improved a little bit from last week," DuBois said. "But we still need to work on our handoffs."

All four of the Bulldogs' relay teams placed in the top five to help the team to a third-place finish out of 19 teams.

"I was pleased with out effort," coach Gary Tague said. "We've picked up some speed this year that has helped out relays."

The 3,200 relay team of junior Derek Duran, senior Steve Crisp and sophomores Jake Miller and Jeremy Bird finished second. The 400-relay team of senior Daniel Tague, junior Jake Bilodeau, Drake and Weeldreyer finished second.

The 1,600-relay team (Duran, Du--Bois, Drake and junior Peter Bacich) finished fourth.

The Bulldogs finished behind Rifle and Fruita-Monument in the team standings.

Moffat had 10 individuals finish in the top eight in an event.

Daniel Tague was the only Bulldog with more than one finish in the top eight. He was fifth in the 110 high hurdles and fifth in the 200. Drake and Weeldreyer continue to claim their stakes as two of the fastest sophomores on the Western Slope. Drake was third in the 200, and Weeldreyer was fifth in the 100. Bilodeau finished seventh in the 100.

Sophomore Cory Pike was the only field-event athlete to score points. He was seventh in the shot put.

Junior Derek Duran raced to a sixth-place finish in the 400.

The distance crew stacked the 3,200 with its best runners. Miller led the group with a fourth-place finish, Crisp was fifth and Bird was seventh.

"Right now we're working to keep kids healthy," Tague said. "We're on the upward track as long as we avoid injuries."

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