Moffat County High School junior Eryn Leonard paces herself in the 3200-meter run at the Tiger Invitational Saturday in Grand Junction. Leonard placed second in the event, as well as 10th in the 1600-meter run. The MCHS girls placed 14th overall in the weekend meet.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Moffat County High School junior Eryn Leonard paces herself in the 3200-meter run at the Tiger Invitational Saturday in Grand Junction. Leonard placed second in the event, as well as 10th in the 1600-meter run. The MCHS girls placed 14th overall in the weekend meet.

MCHS girls track places 14th at Junction meet

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

(Name-Place-Time/Mark)

400-meter dash

Lauren Samuelson — 7 — 1:05.60

800-meter sprint relay

MCHS — 7 — 2:02.20

1600-meter run

Eryn Leonard — 10 — 5:41.31

Aubrey Campbell — 16 — 5:52.58

3200-meter run

Eryn Leonard — 2 — 12:02.77

Aubrey Campbell — 10 — 13:01.69

Discus

Kim Schaffner — 7 — 94' 10"

Nicole Sollenberger — 11 — 84'

Shot put

Nicole Sollenberger — 7 — 29' 4"

Kim Schaffner — 9 — 28' 8.25"

— The girls placed 14th overall.

Being part of a medley team and two long-distance events can wear out any runner, and placing anywhere near the top is often good enough for athlete and coach alike.

But like many of her teammates, Moffat County High School junior Eryn Leonard continues to better herself, even taking on several taxing events.

The girls of the MCHS varsity track and field team saw further individual improvement in its last regular meet of the season, last weekend's Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

Competing against some much larger groups of girls, the team placed 14th overall, but the individual results were the payoff.

Leonard was one of the top finishers for Moffat County throughout the two-day gathering, competing in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.

“Eryn really ran a great 3200 that day, and what was even better was it was her fastest time ever, by about 15 or 20 seconds,” Coach Todd Trapp said.

Leonard beat her times in each. A time of five minutes, 41.31 seconds earned her 10th place in the first event, and she got second place in the second event, finishing at 12 minutes and 2.77 seconds.

Trapp said reaching personal goals was a common theme during the Tiger Invitational.

Freshman Aubrey Campbell was close behind in each long-distance race, finishing 16th in the 1600-meter and 10th in the 3200-meter, finishing with season bests for both, as well.

Leonard also ran on the 800-meter sprint relay team with senior Ane Naerby, sophomore Kelly Knez and freshman Lauren Samuelson, which finished in fourth.

Samuelson also finished seventh in the 400-meter dash.

Juniors Nicole Sollenberger and Kim Schaffner took charge in discus and shot put for Moffat County.

“Both of them really did well in the shot put, and they got some of their best scores ever,” Trapp said.

Trapp said the team's focus on each individual event is the way to go as they head toward the end of the season. They will be taking the road to the Western Slope League Invitational on Thursday and Friday one step at a time.

“They’re really where they need to be, and we just need to fine-tune some performances and make sure they’re rested and fresh,” he said. “As a team, we just have to make sure everything goes right.”

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