Alfredo Lebron, right, runs the 3200-meters during the Friday league championships in Grand Junction. The MCHS boys varsity track and field team tied for first in the league with Glenwood Springs.

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Alfredo Lebron, right, runs the 3200-meters during the Friday league championships in Grand Junction. The MCHS boys varsity track and field team tied for first in the league with Glenwood Springs.

MCHS boys track team ties for WSL championship, girls finish third

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For a short period of time, it appeared the Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field team had to settle for second place in the Western Slope League.

After entering the last event of the day, the 4-by-400-meter relay Friday at the League Championships in Grand Junction, MCHS was three points of ahead of Glenwood Springs High School for the title.

But a fifth-place finish in the relay, along with a second-place Glenwood finish, appeared to take away Moffat County’s title hopes.

However, several minutes after the relay had concluded, it was discovered that Delta High School’s anchor crossed the finish line missing something important.

The baton.

After the Panthers’ time was disqualified, MCHS and Glenwood were tied, with 141 points apiece, for the Western Slope League championship.

Daniel McClellan was the anchor for the Bulldogs in the last relay of the regular season.

The senior said that while he won’t be going to the state meet on Wednesday, Friday’s finish was a good way to end his high school career.

“I knew that how I finished would determine if we got first or second,” he said. “It was a team effort — we all did the best we could.

“This was the last track meet of the season, and because I’m a senior, it’s my last track meet ever. I just tried to make the team proud.”

In addition to the boys finishing first, the girls team claimed second, behind only Glenwood Springs and Palisade.

Other strong performances included Amie Chadwick, who finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles, Lindsey Yoast finished third in the discus and Lauren Roberts tied for first in the high jump, took seventh in the 200-meter dash, fourth in the triple jump and first in the long jump.

Jessica Asselin was third in the shot put, Sierra Arellano was eighth in the 100-meter dash and Britteny Ivers was fifth in the long jump.

The girls 4-by-100-meter relay was third,.

Maddy Jourgensen also a personal record-setting day.

The junior was second in the 800-meter run and first in the 3200-meter run by a wide margin.

“I (personally recorded) my best time in the 800 meters,” she said. “I didn’t win, but I thought I ran well.

“I also took a lot of time off in the two-mile.”

Freshman Sassy Murray didn’t set any personal records, but she said she competed well.

“I guess I ran alright,” she said. “I didn’t take any time off or add on any time (in the 800-meter run).”

Senior Brian Ivy won the triple jump event.

“It was a good, good day,” Ivy said. “I (triple) jumped 45’1”, which was the second time I’ve beat 45’.”

In addition to his jumping, his running improved, too, Ivy said.

“Our 4-by-100 and 200 teams cut a lot of time off,” he said.

In the 400-meter dash, McClellan was seventh, Kettle was second in the 200-meter dash while teammate Pablo Salcido was third in the same event.

In the 800-meter run, Corey Wojtkiewicz was fourth, Miguel Molina was fifth and Alex McCoy was sixth.

The 4-by-800-meter relay team finished first, Casey Martin was fifth and Gage Spears was eighth in the discus and Jeremiah Gordon was fourth in the shot put.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Ryder Seely was fifth and in the 300-meter hurdles Cole DuBois finished fourth.

Aaron Nielsen finished fifth and Chet Harvey eighth in the triple jump, Lebron finished second and Johnny Landa sixth in the 3200-meter run and Kettle claimed first in the 100-meter dash while Braeden Sullivan took fifth in the same event.

The 4-by-200-meter and 4-by-100-meter relay teams both finished second.

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