MCHS prepares to host Invitatational

Boys and girls track and field teams look forward to 51st annual Clint Wells meet

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The Moffat County High School boys and girls track and field teams return home Friday for their lone home meet of the year.

Known as the Clint Wells Invitational, the MCHS kicks off its 51st annual meet at 3:30 p.m.

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Wells is a 1993 MCHS graduate and earned four All-America awards in cross country and track at the University of Colorado.

At least 16 3A and 4A teams have confirmed their appearance, and athletic director Jeff Simon said three more may join the host Bulldogs.

Gary Tague, the 2006 Colorado High School boys track coach of the year, said to be on the lookout "for everyone" on his squad.

He pointed to J.T. Haddan and Cory Pike in the shot put, saying the two have really come on strong this season.

"Their distances are way ahead of last year," Tague said. "I think the difference is that they've been in the weight room and have been using 'the tank' -- a 16-pound shot put that collegiate and international athletes compete with.'"

High school athletes use a 12-pound shot put during competition.

The 1,600-meter and 3,200 relay squads are to be reckoned with.

Sam Weeldreyer, Mike McNicol, Jeremy Bird and Josh Classen make up the 1,600 squad and Bird, McNicol, Jacob Miller and Paul Nelson represent the Bulldogs in the 3,200.

On the girls side, coach Todd Trapp said his squad has a couple of nagging injuries, but overall "we're sitting pretty good."

Jeacey Robinson (ankle) and Erin Urbanoski (hamstring) are the main injuries, but both will compete on Friday.

Kylie Bauman, a 100- and 200-meter sprinter, has caught the attention of Trapp.

The 800 sprint relay team of Millie Blackstun, Bauman, Urbanoski and Alicia Nelson placed first at the Rifle Invitational.

"It would be fun to see the them kick the day off with a win," Trapp said of the quartet.

In field events, Markie Workman is a Bulldog contender in the triple jump and high jump.

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