Moffat County junior Garrett Spears launches a throw in the Western Slope League boys discuss competition on Friday in Grand Junction. Spears threw a personal best of 134 feet, 9 inches and finished third in the competition. 

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Moffat County junior Garrett Spears launches a throw in the Western Slope League boys discuss competition on Friday in Grand Junction. Spears threw a personal best of 134 feet, 9 inches and finished third in the competition. 

MCHS Boys track team 1st, girls 3rd after 1st day of WSL meet

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Winners

Moffat County High School varsity track and field team’s individual placers Friday at the 4A Western Slope League meet at Stocker Stadium:

(Name — event)

• Garrett Spears — discus

• Casey Martin — discus

• Gage Spears — discus

• Kimberly Schaffner — discus

• Kadi Scott — discus

• Lauren Roberts — high jump

• Lauren Roberts — triple jump

• Marianne Pressley — triple jump

• Chet Harvey — long jump

• Johnny Landa — 800-meter run

• Miguel Molina — 800-meter run

• Maddy Jourgensen —3,200-meter run

• Eryn Leonard — 3,200-meter run

• Alfredo Lebron — 3,200-meter run

• Dale Nakai — 3,200-meter run

The Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field team is looking to finish this year’s season in similar fashion to the 2010 season.

In the 4A Western Slope League meet last May, the boys team split the league title with Glenwood Springs.

After Friday’s opening round of the 2011 WSL meet in Grand Junction, the Bulldogs are again in position to bring home the first-place trophy.

“(Friday) we had really good performances in field events and individually in our first couple running events,” head coach Todd Trapp said. “Both the guys and girls teams put themselves in good position after the first day.”

The boys team is currently in first while the girls team is in third place.

Junior Garrett Spears and seniors Casey Martin and Gage Spears all placed in discus, and senior Chet Harvey placed in the long jump to get points on the board for the Bulldogs.

“Garrett has continued to climb up and get further and further distances,” Trapp said. “He did exceptional overall (Friday) and helped lead the boys in discus.”

Junior Alfredo Lebron took first place in the 3,200-meter run with fellow junior Dale Nakai coming in sixth.

In the only other finals running event of the day, juniors Johnny Landa and Miguel Molina took third and fourth, respectively, in the 800-meter run.

Trapp said Landa and Molina posted personal best for the season in their run while Lebron saved energy for today’s running events.

“Alfredo was running to win,” he said. “It was hot and not the best running conditions. Plus, Alfredo has a big day (today) in running the 4-by-800-meter relay and the 1,600-meter run, so he wanted to save as much energy as he could.”

Senior Tyler Brost and sophomore Ryder Seely ran in the prelims Friday and qualified for their respective finals — Brost in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash and Seely for the 110-meter high hurdles.

For the girls team, Kadi Scott and Kim Schaffner placed in the shot put and senior Lauren Roberts placed in both the high jump and triple jump. Marianne Pressley also placed in the triple jump.

Senior Maddy Jourgensen and sophomore Eryn Leonard placed first and fourth in the 3,200-meter run, respectively.

Trapp said Jourgensen ran about 11 minutes, 35 seconds in the 3,200-meter run — 10 seconds off her previous season best time.

Jourgensen was ranked 11th in the 3,200-meter run for the 4A state meet before her time Friday, and while rankings were not readily available after Friday’s event, Trapp said he expects her to be higher ranked.

“Maddy ran a good race and posted her season best,” he said. “She put herself in a good position for the state meet.”

In today’s finale of the WSL meet, the Bulldog competitors will be trying to get ranked in the top 18 to qualify for the state meet on May 19 through May 21 in Denver.

Trapp said the boys team has a good chance to win back-to-back league titles and if the girls team could stay in third, it would be a great meet for them.

“The boys team will have many opportunities to score points in the running events,” he said. “The kids are all running well and if they can churn out performances like they did (Friday), they will be right there in the end.”

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