Boys 800 relay team still unbeaten

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The Moffat County boys 800-meter relay team just can't lose.

The team hasn't run a spectacular time this year, but Saturday at the Clint Wells Invitation, they found a way to win, again.

Sophomore Andrew Drake won the event for the team with his anchor leg.

"We came in ranked fourth with our time," he said. "We always just end up somehow winning."

Last week, Glenwood Springs dropped the baton with a lead. This week Glenwood had a 15-meter lead when Drake received the baton.

The team -- Drake, seniors Rowan DuBois and Cole Hausner, and sophomore Sam Weeldreyer -- is undefeated this year.

The 800 relay was one of three first-place finishes for the second-place Bulldogs. Rifle won the meet with 155 points, Moffat finished with 92.5 points.

"Even with the weather, we had some good personal bests today," coach Gary Tague said. "Typically, we don't run that great here, but it wasn't bad."

The meet experienced snow, rain and sleet. The temperature was in the 30s, with a high in the low 40s at one point in the day.

Despite the cold, Derek Duran continued his winning ways in the 800 meters. The junior led throughout and pulled away from Rifle's Hazen Moss in the final 200 for the win.

In the 1,600, four Bulldogs were competing for the three spots available at the regional meet.

Senior Steven Crisp came from fifth place on the last lap to beat the rest of the field, including Moffat freshman Mike McNicol (third) and sophomore Jake Miller (sixth).

"It's easier for me to run fast in the end of a race," Crisp said about his strong finish and personal best of 4:46.72. "I can't run any other way."

Crisp, McNicol and Miller all said they hoped to run in the 4:30s in the next two weeks.

"I want to beat (coach Dustin) Ence's record of 4:39.5," Crisp said.

Three personal bests that caught Tague's attention on the boys side were from senior Daniel Tague in the 110 high hurdles and from sophomore Tyler Pike and junior Jake Bilodeau in the shot put.

"That was a lifetime best for Daniel," Tague said of his son's second-place finish in the hurdles.

It was Daniel Tague's first time to break the 16-second barrier in the hurdles this year.

"I got mean and decided to go and do it," he said. "It hasn't felt like I had the power in my legs this year, but now that I'm in the 15s I want to run a 15-flat and pre-qualify for state."

The senior also finished fourth in the 200.

Pike launched the shot put two feet better than his previous best for a second-place finish. Bilodeau also tossed a personal best for a fourth-place finish.

Pike's previous best was 43 feet, 3 inches. He threw 45'8 Saturday.

"It sets a higher standard for me now," Pike said. "I had three throws in the 45s and they felt good today."

Bilodeau continued to claim his stake as one of the fastest throwers on the Western Slope.

He finished seventh in the 100. Weeldreyer was the Bulldogs' top 100 runner with a fifth-place finish.

Weeldreyer and Bilodeau teamed up with Tague and Drake for a second-place finish in the 400 relay.

The 3,200-relay team of Duran, McNicol, Bird and Miller finished second in a close race with Steamboat Springs, Battle Mountain and Middle Park. The relay team improved its previous best by eight seconds and moved itself into a four-way race for top honors in the region with Steamboat, Battle Mountain and Montezuma-Cortez.

Other top-eight finishes for the Bulldogs were: junior Peter Bacich, seventh in the 400; Chad Eitel, fourth in the high jump; Zach Haddan, fifth in the high jump; the 1,600 relay team (Drake, Weeldreyer, DuBois, Turner) was fourth.

This week, the track team is off to Grand Junction for the Tiger Invitational. It is a two-day meet starting on Friday.

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