The Moffat County High School track team had a big weekend in its final tune-up for the state meet later this week.
The Bulldogs competed at the Western Slope League Championships on Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, with the girls team placing third with 113 points, and the boys taking fifth with 59 points.
Kayla Pinnt continued her dominance in the individual sprints. The freshman won the 100- and 200-meter races going away. Eryn Leonard did heavy lifting for the Bulldogs in the distance events, placing third in the 800, second in the 1,600 and first in the 3,200, while also anchoring the 4x800 relay to a runner-up finish.
Ary Shaffer set a personal best in the long jump at 15 feet, 4.5 inches and took fourth in the event. Fellow freshman Emily White broke 100 feet in the discus, and Nicole Sollenberger threw more than 90 feet, both firsts, as they took fourth and eighth, respectively.
On the boys side, the Bulldogs had three members qualify for the 200 finals, as Kelly Campbell, Alan Flores and Erik Silva-Tarango finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Silva-Tarango also took third in the 400 with a time of 53.97.
Matt Hamilton returned to action for the first time in three weeks and took sixth in the triple jump. His leap of 39 feet, 4.75 inches was far from his best, but the sophomore still is comfortably among the state qualifiers for the event.
Dylan Villa was fourth in the shot put and discus, while teammate Gaven Spears took second in discus with his best throw of the year.
Next up for Moffat County is the state meet Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The Bulldogs had a host of qualifiers in the top 18 as of Sunday and will look to send much of the varsity roster in individual events and relays.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.