Kelly Campbell enters the home stretch in the boys 4x100 meter relay at the state championship track meet Friday. Campbell and teammates Erik Silva-Tarango, Alan Flores and Tyler Davis missed qualifying for the finals Saturday, but they ran a season-best time of 45.43 seconds.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Kelly Campbell enters the home stretch in the boys 4x100 meter relay at the state championship track meet Friday. Campbell and teammates Erik Silva-Tarango, Alan Flores and Tyler Davis missed qualifying for the finals Saturday, but they ran a season-best time of 45.43 seconds.

Five finalists to run Saturday for Moffat County track at state championships

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The Moffat County girls 4x100-meter relay team (Ary Shaffer, Selena Hernandez, Cheianne Pinnt and Kayla Pinnt) huddle together after the race, waiting to hear if they made the finals. The Bulldogs did, qualifying eighth in 51.82 seconds.

It has been a full two days for Moffat County athletes at the 2013 state track meet, and they have done well enough to have another busy one on the meet’s final day.

Moffat County had runners qualify for the Saturday finals in Lakewood in five different events, with some strong performances in the meet’s first two days to get there.

The state meet began for the Bulldogs with the 100-meter prelims Thursday. Kayla Pinnt, running in her first state race, kept her winning streak alive. The freshman finished in 12.56 seconds, good for the top time. But she will have her hands full Saturday morning, with three other runners at 12.67 or faster.

Pinnt later would qualify with the fourth-best time in the 200-meter prelims.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team placed 11th and missed out on scoring points by eight seconds, but its time of 10:17.01 was a season-best by 13 seconds. Later, Eryn Leonard scored Moffat County’s first points of the meet in the 3,200-meter final, placing seventh in 12:24.19.

On Friday, the Bulldogs participated in relay prelims. The boys and girls 4x100 teams each ran in the morning, with good results. The girls narrowly qualified for the final, running in 51.82 seconds and feeling as if they had room for improvement.

“We had a few screw-ups, but it was a pretty good race,” lead-off runner Ary Shaffer said. “We can run faster at finals.”

The boys did not make the final nine to run Saturday and were disappointed afterward.

“We did badly,” Erik Silva-Tarango said. “We had bad handoffs.”

But the Bulldogs’ time disagreed. They had qualified 18th coming into the meet with a 45.78 but placed 15th overall, running a season-best 45.43. Knowing that made it a bit sweeter, but they still would have liked to qualify.

“We tried our best, though,” Alan Flores said.

The girls 4x400 team of Shaffer, Kayla Pinnt, Selena Hernandez and Leonard finished Friday off on a high note. They ran a season-best by six seconds and qualified fifth for the final in 4:09.54. It was a great conclusion to two good days at state, head coach Todd Trapp said.

“We’re pretty happy with a performance like (the boys 4x100), and for our girls’ relays to both make finals, we thought that was going to be tough,” Trapp said. “It’s been a couple busy days, but every other team is going through the same thing. Everybody’s in the same boat, now it’s about high how you can get on the podium."

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

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