After warm, spring-like meets in Grand Junction and Aurora, it was only a matter of time before the Moffat County High School track and field team ran into cooler weather.
Competing Saturday at West Grand High School in Kremmling, MCHS had to deal with freezing temperatures as well as more than 15 opposing teams.
“It was snowing from start to finish,” senior Jeremiah Gordon said. “It was still a good meet for me.”
Gordon and fellow senior Lindsey Yoast finished first in the discus.
For Gordon, it was his first win in an event he said he was slow to embrace.
“When I started as a sophomore, I hated it,” he said. “Now I like it.”
After a throw of 120 feet, 3 feet shy of his personal best, Gordon said he would focus on the event in hopes of making it to state.
Gordon won the March 5 meet in Grand Junction in the shot put, but recently, it’s been the discus that has the senior confident for the rest of the season.
“I think this past weekend, they kind of balanced each other out,” he said. “Right now, I’m focusing on discus.”
Running in the cold and snow, the Bulldogs still were able to have some strong individual performances, coach Todd Trapp said.
“Considering the weather, the kids competed really well,” he said. “I don’t think anyone set a personal best, but when it’s that cold, you are just fighting for place.”
Brian Ivy again won the triple jump, the boys mile relay and 800-meter teams finished in the top five, and Maddy Jourgensen finished second in the 800-meter run.
Junior Lauren Roberts continued to improve in the triple, high and long jumps, Trapp said.
“She has really started to come along,” he said. “She has been doing really well.”
The team’s next meet will be Saturday in Grand Junction.
With warm weather returning to the Western Slope in time for the weekend, Trapp said the team is looking forward to competing in Grand Junction.
“I expect a lot of times to drop,” Trapp said. “I’m excited, and I know the kids are excited about being in Grand Junction this weekend.”