Matt Hamilton competes in the triple jump Saturday at the Rifle Invitational. Hamilton's jump of 39 feet, 6 inches was good for second place.

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Matt Hamilton competes in the triple jump Saturday at the Rifle Invitational. Hamilton's jump of 39 feet, 6 inches was good for second place.

Moffat County track has good start to season in Rifle

Track results from Rifle

Note: Not all running events scored due to timing error

Girls 400 meters

Lauren Samuelson, 66.85 seconds (fifth place)

Ary Shaffer, 68.25 (ninth)

Boys 400 meters

Garrett Ferguson, 64.33 (36th)

Brady Weston, 66.58 (44th)

Boys 300 hurdles

Ryder Seely, 48.18 (13th)

Girls 800

Eryn Leonard, 2:42 (fifth)

Ashlee Griffiths, 2:57 (11th)

Emily Womble, 3:04 (17th)

Boys 800

Jarrett Johnson, 2:20 (ninth)

Remmy Kohpay, 2:37 (26th)

Diego Quezada, 2:46 (36th)

Girls 200

Kayla Pinnt, 26.9 (second)

Lauren Samuelson, 29.1 (10th)

Selena Hernandez, 30.3 (16th)

Ary Schaffer, 30.5 (19th)

Boys 200

Kelly Campbell, 24.96 (ninth)

Weston Brady, 28.02 (47th)

Boys triple jump

Matt Hamilton, 39 feet, 6 inches (second)

Miguel Cruz, 35-5 (12th)

Girls long jump

Kayanna Klimper, 12-2 (t-25th)

Sheyenne Cromer, 12-2 (t-25th)

Boys discus

Dylan Villa, 104-2.5 (10th)

Jordan Kainz, 67-1.5 (49th)

Zach Peed, 62-11 (52nd)

Mitchell Davidson, 55-5 (54th)

Girls shot put

Emily White, 27-3.5 (19th)

Nicole Sollenberger, 23-3 (34th)

Dakota Lee, 23-1.25 (35th)

Veronica Mead, 17-7.5 (51st)

Boys long jump

Kelly Campbell, 17-1.5 (16th)

Miguel Cruz, 17-1 (17th)

Girls high jump

Kayla Pinnt, 4-6 (eighth)

Boys shot put

Dylan Villa, 33-9.25 (18th)

Zach Peed, 21-7.5 (62nd)

Mitchell Davidson, 21-4 (63rd)

Jordan Kainz, 21-1.5 (64th)

Boys high jump

Matt Hamilton, 5-4 (eighth)

Miguel Cruz, 5-0 (17th)

Girls discus

Emily White, 75-10.5 (20th)

Veronica Mead, 58-6 (35th)

Katlyn Sollenberger, 57-2.5 (41st)

Dakota Lee, 55-7 (44th)

Some newcomers and some familiar faces have the Moffat County High School track and field team looking tough in the early season.

The Bulldogs did not place highly in their first meet of the season Saturday at Rifle High School, but they had some points removed from the team scoring due to timing errors. In the final standings, more than half the running results were not included.

So while the girls team’s 10th-place overall finish and the boys’ 13th place didn’t look great on paper, they also didn’t tell the whole story.

The boys team lost significant contributors from last season, including state-champion Alfredo Lebron and a state title 4x800-meter relay team. Head coach Todd Trapp knows this may be a rebuilding year on the boys side, but he saw some promise in the first meet.

“On the guys side we lost a lot, but we have some kids with a good chance of doing well,” Trapp said. “It will take a bit of time, but we had some guys who did really well (Saturday).”

One of those was sophomore Matt Hamilton, who in the first track meet of his career took second in the triple jump and eighth in high jump. Even better, Hamilton’s triple jump effort was among the best in the state for Class 3A, Trapp said.

“Matt exceeded expectations in triple jump,” he said. “That was a great jump to have at this point in the year.”

The girls team boasts a little more experience and depth, but also has newcomers doing well early in the season.

Kayla Pinnt, a junior at MCHS, moved to Craig from Montana just before the season started. In her first meet as a Bulldog, she took second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and she placed in the high jump.

The girls 4x100 relay took third, while Eryn Leonard was second in the 1600. Sophomore Lauren Samuelson was fifth in the 400.

“It looks like we have some depth in sprints,” Trapp said about the girls team. “And we have a lot of people back.”

The Bulldogs had a host of athletes finish just outside the points in almost every event, which was encouraging due to the high level of competition in Rifle. They went up against several Class 4A and 5A schools at the meet, which will be a common theme for Moffat County this season.

“Every meet we go to is competitive,” Trapp said. “We’re going against 3A schools, 4A schools and some 5A schools because we run in Grand Junction so often.”

While that may mean some lower team scores for the Bulldogs in the regular season, it should give them prime opportunities to post strong times and distances for the state meet in May, Trapp said.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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