Moffat County High School senior Dale Nakai crosses the finish line first in the 3,200-meter run at the Western Slope League Meet in Grand Junction. Nakai and several other MCHS track and field team members qualified for state at the meet, including the boys 4-by-800-meter relay team, which set a new school record.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Moffat County High School senior Dale Nakai crosses the finish line first in the 3,200-meter run at the Western Slope League Meet in Grand Junction. Nakai and several other MCHS track and field team members qualified for state at the meet, including the boys 4-by-800-meter relay team, which set a new school record.

Boys track team places 2nd at WSL, readies for state

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Results ...

Moffat County High School boys varsity track and field results from the 4A Western Slope League Meet in Grand Junction

(Name — Place — Time/Mark)

100-meter dash:

Andy Browning — 2 — 11.36

110-meter hurdles:

Ryder Seely — 3 — 16.21

100-meter relay:

MCHS — 3 — 44.97

200-meter relay:

MCHS — 3 — 1:33.21

200-meter dash:

Andy Browning — 1 — 22.47

300-meter hurdles:

Ryder Seely — 6 — 43.95

400-meter dash:

Erik Silva-Tarango — 5 — 52.55

400-meter relay:

MCHS — 2 — 3:25.83

800-meter run:

Alfredo Lebron — 1 — 1:54.98*

Rene Molina — 2 — 1:59.57

Miguel Molina — 5 — 2:01.37

800-meter relay:

MCHS — 1 — 7:56.62*

1,600-meter run:

Alfredo Lebron — 1 — 4:34.75

Miguel Molina — 3 — 4:42.15

Dale Nakai — 6 — 4:47.55

3,200-meter run:

Dale Nakai — 1 — 10:11.75

Discus:

Garrett Spears — 2 — 136' 6"

Gaven Spears — 13 — 120’ 8"

Shot put:

Garrett Spears — 1 — 48' 1"

Triple jump:

Miguel Cruz — 7 — 36' 0.5"

Colby Haddan — 8 — 35’ 10"

— The boys placed second overall.

  • Denotes a new MCHS record.

Results ...

Moffat County High School girls varsity track and field results from the 4A Western Slope League Meet in Grand Junction

(Name-Place-Time/Mark)

800-meter run:

Ane Naerby — 9 — 2: 34.84

800-meter relay:

MCHS — 4 — 10:28.28

800-meter sprint relay:

MCHS — 4 — 2:02.33

1,600-meter run:

Eryn Leonard — 6 — 5:44.07

Aubrey Campbell — 11 — 5:58.36

3,200-meter run:

Eryn Leonard — 4 — 12:07.15

Aubrey Campbell — 8 — 12:56.45

Discus:

Kim Schaffner — 7 — 94'

Nicole Sollenberger — 9 — 88' 10”

Shot put:

Kim Schaffner — 5 — 28' 11"

Nicole Sollenberger — 6 — 28' 10"

— The girls placed sixth overall.

Setting a new standard of excellence for future athletes isn’t something that happens at every track and field meet, but Moffat County High School runners have made their mark as they head into the last leg of the season.

A record-setting, first-place time in the boys 4-by-800-meter relay event was one of many victories for the MCHS track team at the 4A Western Slope League Meet on Thursday and Friday in Grand Junction.

The boys team notched six wins in individual events and took second overall.

The relay set a positive tone for the meet as one of the first events of the day.

Seniors Alfredo Lebron, Rene Molina, Miguel Molina and Johnny Landa tore up the track on which they had competed only a week earlier for the Tiger Invitational.

Coach Lance Scranton said the four seniors shattered the MCHS record with a time of 7 minutes and 56.62 seconds, crossing the eight-minute barrier.

“They just smashed it by about eight seconds, and it was just great to see,” he said.

The Bulldogs racked up several more WSL championship honors before the meet was over, with Lebron winning both the 800-meter run — shaving seconds off his own school record with a 1:54.98 — and 1,600-meter run — 4:34.75.

Seniors Dale Nakai and Andy Browning also placed first individually in their events — Nakai in the 3,200-meter run with a 10:11.75 and Browning in the 200-meter dash, finishing at 22.47 seconds.

Scranton said Browning hit a whole new level during his WSL performance.

“He really got the PR (personal record) and just did really well,” he said.

In the field events, shot-putting senior Garrett Spears hit a distance of 48 feet and 1 inch to claim the distinction of No. 1.

All the WSL winners will attend the state championships this week in Lakewood, as well as other competitors who qualified earlier in the season.

“We’ll be taking at least nine to state, and we’ll have an alternate just in case, we haven’t really decided who that will be yet,” Scranton said. “All the guys who are going to state have been before except for Andy, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure. Anytime you’re going to state, it’s a totally different venue than just going around to meets on the Western Slope.”

Scranton added that the team could add more to the list of those bound for state as schools around Colorado determine which competitors will be in which events.

For example, a runner in the 200-meter dash may be pulled to better his chances in a team relay.

MCHS could have a finalized list today.

“We won’t know for certain what’s going to happen, and if a couple other kids scratch, we could have more kids going,” Scranton said.

One such Bulldog runner who could make the cut in this way is junior Eryn Leonard, who narrowly missed qualifying for state in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, as well as relay events.

“Eryn was so close but she just missed it,” Scranton said. “She still had a great meet.”

Leonard took fourth in the 3,200-meter and sixth in the 1,600.

Both the girls relay teams also placed fourth.

Overall, the MCHS girls finished sixth at the Western Slope out of seven teams.

Scranton said the girls suffered from an overabundance of competition from larger teams and low representation.

“Battle Mountain and Glenwood have both been really tough for the girls this year, and they gave them a lot of good competition,” Scranton said.

Scranton said the smaller numbers traditionally tend to hurt Moffat County when the season winds down and the Bulldogs can’t keep up in overall points.

“We have some really good athletes, but we just don’t have enough kids to take away any league titles from bigger teams, so we’re trying to address the problem of getting more runners,” he said.

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