Craig The Moffat County High School track and field team spends most of its time during the season in Grand Junction, but it likes to showcase its talent once a year to the hometown crowd.
That’s certainly the goal Friday, when MCHS plays host to eight other schools in Craig for the Clint Wells Invitational meet.
While much of the track season is spent getting athletes into their best events and searching for the strongest relay combinations, Bulldogs head coach Todd Trapp said the approach for Friday’s meet is going to be different for Moffat County.
“We have definitely done a lot of that — focusing on trying to run a fast sprint medley, or get a fast 400 time, or a fast 4x8 time,” Trapp said. “This week it won’t be that as much. We want to fill as many events as we can and spread our runners out, especially across the relays.”
But the best Moffat County has to offer will still be on display, and it will be up against the rest of Northwest Colorado. Meeker, Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat Springs will all be in attendance at the meet.
After Clint Wells, Trapp said the Bulldogs will refocus on nailing state-qualifying times as they head back to Junction for one of their most competitive meets of the season, the Tiger Invitational.
But this week, he is most concerned about putting on a good event for Craig fans.
“I think it’s great for the kids to get to run a home meet,” Trapp said. “But for the coaches it’s a lot different. We don’t coach a lot at the home meet. It’s more about administrative stuff, like making sure people are in the right place, and having your volunteers.”
A major source of excitement for the coaching staff leading up to the meet is the weather. Trapp said in his 11 years, he hasn’t seen a good weather day yet for the Clint Wells Invitational. But Friday is projected to be in the low 60s and sunny, so he and Lance Scranton are keeping their fingers crossed.
“As of right now it’s looking great,” Trapp said. “Warm, sunny and I think the wind is only supposed to be about 4 miles per hour. Last year the day of the meet was pretty miserable. That would be great" to have good weather.
The Clint Wells Invitational starts at noon at the MCHS track. Admission is free.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com