London Herring, a first-grader from Craig, goes over the bar at the high jump pit Wednesday at the Moffat County track. Herring was one of hundreds of young athletes to compete at the Moffat County Youth Track meet Wednesday evening.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

London Herring, a first-grader from Craig, goes over the bar at the high jump pit Wednesday at the Moffat County track. Herring was one of hundreds of young athletes to compete at the Moffat County Youth Track meet Wednesday evening.

Moffat County youth track has grand finale at high school

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The high school and middle school athletes in Craig have had their turns on the track at Moffat County High School. On Wednesday, it was the youngest group’s turn.

The Moffat County youth track program, which introduces kindergarteners through sixth-graders to track and field events and teaches the basics, held its end-of-season meet Wednesday at the MCHS track. Hundreds of young runners-in-the-making showed up to show off what they have learned.

The program holds practices during the spring, with participating youths going through a rotation of track and field stations, learning the ins and outs of racing, jumping and throwing from the MCHS athletes who compete in the events on a weekly basis. After five practices and a few rainouts this spring, it was time to showcase what they had learned.

Athletes competed Wednesday in the long jump, high jump, shot put and races on the track ranging from 50 to 1,600 meters. Despite wet conditions for most of the meet, they kept on competing.

Michelle Chalmers, who helped get Moffat Count youth track started, thanked the high school students, who she said were the real coaches and mentors for the children. She also hinted at hoping to expand the meet in 2014.

Chalmers admitted that because it’s still a newer program, they will need to improve on organization to get there, but she would like to bring other children in from the Western Slope to turn it into something more closely resembling a real track meet.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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