Girls golf team sweeps up in Glenwood Springs
Amy Coulter's first sub-100 score came with an added bonus for the Moffat County golfer Monday. Coulter not only scored below 100 for the first time, she won the tournament with a score of 98.
The Bulldogs swept the top four scores Monday at the Demon Invitational at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Followed by Coulter's 98 was junior Amber Nicholson's 100, sophomore Meghan Innes' 101 and senior Chelsea Herod's 107.
The team won the tournament by 37 strokes, ahead of tournament host Glenwood Springs.
Coach Ann Marie Hamilton said she was glad to see some consistency from her golfers.
"It's a tight course, and everything slopes toward the (Colorado) river," she said. "We were more consistent than the other teams, and the girls were pretty excited about their efforts."
Natasha Chapman improved her best score by six strokes to finish with a 120 for the Bulldogs. Emily Hepworth turned in a top-three performance in the JV tournament with a 71.
The Bulldogs' head to Rifle on Tuesday for their next meet.
Track teams run around in Rangely
The Moffat County track teams opened their seasons in Rangely during the weekend with several impressive showings for the first meet.
On the girls side, freshman Erin Urbanoski opened with a long jump of 16 feet, 3 inches, which was an inch from a state-qualifying measurement.
"Erin's performance was a pleasant surprise for us," coach Todd Trapp said. "To have a near state-qualifying performance this early was great."
The Bulldog ladies finished second in the meet to Fruita-Monument with 101.5 points to 165 points, respectively.
Urbanoski had the only individual first-place finish and the 3,200-meter relay team of Jeacey Robinson, Alyssa Macomber, Amber Suits and Alicia Nelson, was the only first-place finish in the relays for the girls.
In addition to the wins, the Bulldogs had 13 top five finishes. Those were: Urbanoski, fifth in the 100; Anna Herring, fourth in the 200; Katie Knez, third in the 800; Nelson, second in the 1,600; Robinson, fourth in 1,600; Alyssa Macomber, second in 3,200; Katie Morris, fourth in 3,200; 400 relay team was second place; 800 relay team was second place; Markie Workman was third in high jump and third in triple jump; April Sanchez was third in discus.
The boys team finished fourth and was led by two performances from senior Derek Duran in relays, coach Gary Tague said.
Duran ran down the anchor runner from Grand Junction High School on the second turn of the 1,600 relay for a win in the meet's final event.
"Derek caught the Junction runner and beat him by a stride down the homestretch," Tague said. "It was the most exciting moment for us at the meet."
Duran won the race with his teammates Malcolm Hillewaert, Sam Weeldreyer and Andrew Drake. Duran also joined with Mike McNicol, Jeremy Bird and Jake Miller to set the meet record in the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:36.21.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished fourth behind Montrose, Grand Junction and Fruita-Monument.
Other top-five finishes for the boys were: Drake, third in the 100; Jake Bilodeau, fifth in the 100; 400 relay team was third, Bird was third in the 1,600; Miller and McNicol tied for fifth in the 1,600.
Rodeo team opens spring season
The Moffat County Rodeo team opened its spring season with the long journey to Montezuma County. The team didn't come home empty handed for its efforts.
In Saturday's rodeo, senior Becky White finished fourth in pole bending and barrel racing, as well as sixth in goat tying. Senior Kendel Fawcett earned a fourth-place finish in goat tying. On Sunday, White finished in the top 10 in all four events with a fifth in pole bending, ninth in barrel racing, third in breakaway roping and second in goat tying. Fawcett was fourth in barrel racing. The boys figured into the placing as well with Justin Hegwer finishing fourth in steer wrestling and Brandon Whitaker taking ninth in the event. This weekend the team will get a preview of the state finals with rodeos Saturday and Sunday in Golden.