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Girls track team's increased depth will help results

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Last year, Anna Herring's options during intervals at track practice were limited. Either she tried to hang with the boys, or she ran by herself.

This year, the Moffat County senior sprinter has training partners on the girls side.

"We have more girls in my area," she said. "What I'm really excited about is having a 4-by-200 relay."

Herring has gone to state the previous three years on a relay team. Moffat coach Todd Trapp thinks this year's team depth will increase Her-ring's chances to go in her senior year, as well.

"We have a lot more depth in sprints this year," he said. "We have enough depth to have competitive relays in nearly every one."

Herring's sidekicks will include junior Kiera Moore and senior Maggie Blackstun. Trapp credited Moore with being one of the most improved runners from last year. Blackstun returned to the team after playing soccer her junior year.

The girls middle-distance and long-distance runners are traditionally the team's strength, and that should be continue this year, as well.

Sophomore Angie Char-chalis finished seventh in the 800 meters at state last year. She and Jorgiea Raftopoulos were on the state's third-place 3,200 relay. Although the relay lost two seniors, Angela Nelson and Emily Sperl, there are several options to fill those spots and make the team a top-five finisher again.

"What we lost to graduation we gained with new girls," Trapp said. "Our distance team could score more points this year with who we have."

After stellar cross-country seasons, freshman Alicia Nelson and junior newcomer Amber Suits look to be the top possibilities for the 3,200 relay.

Trapp also said sophomore Jeacey Robinson and senior Alyssa Macomber put in good work during the winter, which could help them in distance races. Junior Katie Morris also returns after a knee injury kept her out of track last year.

Brittani Weber was the first girls thrower to place at state for the Bulldogs in six years.

April Sanchez could make it two consecutive state places with a good year in the discus. As a sophomore, Sanchez missed qualifying for state by less than a foot. She threw as a junior but wasn't full speed because she was recovering from knee surgery. This year, Trapp said she and several younger throwers could provide some needed points in the throws.

Sophomore Markie Work-man high jumped a seasonal best at state to finish seventh as a freshman. Her ability in the jumps will be key for the Bulldog team effort.

"Both Markie and Angie should come in this year further along than they were as freshmen," Trapp said. "Although they're young, they could be important state placers for us."

With 37 girls out for the team Trapp said there could always be some pleasant surprises. The season starts Saturday with a meet in Rangely.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

April 1

Rangely High School, 11 a.m.

April 8

Palisade Track Meet, 8 a.m.

April 14

At Fruita-Monument High School, 3 p.m.

April 21

Rifle High School, 3 p.m.

April 28

Clint Wells Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

May 5

Tiger Invitational, 3 p.m.

May 6

Tiger Invitational, 9 a.m.

May 12

Regional Track at Grand Junction, 9 a.m.

May 13

Regional Track at Grand Junction, 9 a.m.

May 19

State Track Meet at Denver, 9 a.m.

May 20

State Track Meet at Denver, 9 a.m.

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