Moffat County High School senior Andy Browning pulls ahead during the 100-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational Saturday in Grand Junction. Browning placed fifth in the event and second in the 200-meter, as well. The MCHS boys placed sixth overall.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Moffat County High School senior Andy Browning pulls ahead during the 100-meter dash at the Tiger Invitational Saturday in Grand Junction. Browning placed fifth in the event and second in the 200-meter, as well. The MCHS boys placed sixth overall.

Boys track team makes push for strong end to season

Results ...

Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field results from Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction

(Name — Place — Time/Mark)

100-meter dash

Andy Browning — 5 — 11.62

110-meter hurdles

Ryder Seely — 6 — 16.62

100-meter relay

MCHS — 7 — 46.40

200-meter dash

Andy Browning — 2 — 23.64

400-meter relay

MCHS — 3 — 3:32.57

800-meter run

Rene Molina — 3 — 2:00.82

Johnny Landa — 4 — 2:02.71

1600-meter run

Alfredo Lebron — 5 — 4:32.52

Miguel Molina — 11 — 4:43.23

3200-meter run

Alfredo Lebron — 3 — 9:51.49

Dale Nakai — 7 — 10:04.07

Discus

Garrett Spears — 6 — 135' 9"

Gaven Spears — 13 — 117' 9"

Shot put

Garrett Spears — 5 — 47' 9.5"

Gaven Spears — 17 — 37' 9"

— The boys placed sixth overall

A second-place finish in a footrace is an admirable feat, but the idea of what might have been can be tantalizing.

That's certainly true for Moffat County High School senior Andy Browning, whose latest silver medal win may be just what he needs to grab gold at just the right moment.

Browning and the other members of the MCHS boys varsity track and field team finished sixth overall in the weekend's Tiger Invitational, hosted in Grand Junction.

The team was just shy of winning in several events, the closest of which was Browning’s 200-meter dash, when he missed a first-place finish by a single second, ending the day with a time of 23.64 seconds for the final round. Browning's time in the 200-meter preliminary round, as well as that of his 100-meter dash participation, proved to be his fastest ever.

“Andy just had a really solid performance this weekend,” Coach Todd Trapp said. “He really had to work hard to get that. Rene Molina running two (minutes) flat in the 800-(meter run) was a really big deal, too. Those were just some of our standout performances in a really solid weekend.”

Fellow senior Alfredo Lebron led the way in the long-distance events, the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, placing fifth and third, respectively, and junior Ryder Seely sprung into action in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing sixth.

Trapp said the tough competition at the Tiger Invitational is the same sort they’ll see this week, when they travel to the Western Slope League Invitational Thursday and Saturday.

“We’ll definitely be seeing a lot of the same teams of runners there, so we’ll have to be ready for them,” he said. “A lot of great individuals from 3A and 5A teams there too.”

Trapp said he and all his track and field athletes are heavily anticipating the bigger meets that conclude the season, WSL and state.

“This is the time of year we’re always excited for, and that’s when the kids start competing at their best,” he said. “When kids work hard, like our kids always do, that’s the time for those big moments and personal records. All their work comes together for those final couple competitions.”

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