MCHS delivers a strong showing against top area track teams at Bulldog Stadium
“It feels nice [to win at home]. I hit my 400 and 800 times, and from that point on it’s just a race; you just race to the finish.”
Eryn Leonard, an MCHS junior, about winning the 1600 meter run during Friday’s Clint Wells Invitational at MCHS
Moffat County High School runners, throwers and jumpers enjoyed strong performances despite tough conditions at the Clint Wells Invitational Friday.
Hosting a field of 12 teams at the meet, the MCHS boys track team placed fourth with 83 points while the girls finished ninth, scoring 32. The Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls won both team competitions.
The meet was highlighted by strong individual and team performances from MCHS. Junior Eryn Leonard led from the gun to the finish line in winning the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:54.6. Leonard also placed fifth in the girls 800 meter run, just ahead of Bulldogs senior Ane Naerby.
“It feels nice [to win at home],” Leonard said of the 1600. “I hit my 400 and 800 times, and from that point on it’s just a race; you just race to the finish.”
Leonard battled the wind during her run, which she said felt like it was blowing against her in every direction.
Senior boys runner Alfredo Lebron had a busy day, running in the 4x800 meter relay, 400 meter run and 4x400 meter relay. The 4x800 team won in a time of 8:17.10. Lebron has been on the 4x400 relay all season, but the open 400 was his first of the year. He was hoping to make a run at the MCHS record in the event, but finished second, losing by .23 seconds to Glenwood senior Christian Leverson.
“This wind takes a lot out of you,” Lebron said. “No excuses, everyone was doing the same thing. Coming on the stretch when it’s just all your in face, it hits you head on and I felt like I was maxed out with my speed.”
Senior sprinter Andy Browning recorded his best time of the year in the 100 meter dash, finishing fourth in 11.54 seconds. Browning also placed third in the 200 meter dash, in 23.68 seconds. Despite a fall in the 110 meter hurdles, senior Ryder Seely placed fifth, and came back stronger in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing fourth in 43.9 seconds.
Not to be outdone in the field, senior thrower Garret Spears won the shotput and came in third in discus, with throws of 48 feet, 9.25 inches and 137 feet, six inches, respectively. Spears is one of several MCHS boys track team members with state meet aspirations. He currently sits in the top 18 in the state in both throwing events.
Track coach Todd Trapp was pleased with the way the meet went, and felt MCHS performed well on the track and as a host.
“We had some kids with some good performances. Our sprint medley started off the day, those girls ran a season PR (personal record), which is great in this type of weather,” Trapp said. “We had a couple kids make the finals in long jump. Kids are doing well, they’re performing, they’re competing in tough weather conditions and that’s what you’re looking for.”
“I think [the meet]’s been pretty smooth. I thought we would get done at 6:30 or 7, and we’re done by 6. And we had some good competition. It was awesome having Glenwood come up and Eagle Valley, Coal Ridge, those are solid teams. It was great to have those teams come up here and compete.”
With a successful meet behind him, Trapp said he’s ready to get back to his favorite part of track: coaching.
“At a home meet you don’t coach much. You have a lot of other responsibilities. For me there’s not much coaching today, so I’m excited about getting back to it next Friday and Saturday.”