Last track season, Kayla Pinnt came one-tenth of a second away from winning a national championship and one-tenth away from tying the Moffat County High School record in the 100-meter dash. She responded by saying she still had three years to make both of those things happen.
During the weekend, Pinnt ran her way into the Moffat County record book, though not in the event she might have expected to come first. Running at the Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction, Pinnt won the 100, 200 and 400, but it was in the 400 where she made Moffat County history. Her time of 59.52 seconds is the best-ever run by a Bulldog, in what used to be her least favorite event.
“I hated that race (last year) but now it’s one of my favorites,” Pinnt said. “All I was thinking about was breaking that record. I was thinking if I’m going to run a 400, I want to break the record this time so I don’t have to run it a lot more.”
Pinnt broke Laurel Mortensen’s 400 record of 59.81 seconds, set in 2001. Her time also was the fourth-best run in 3A this season and just three-tenths behind the second-fastest so far. Pinnt didn’t work toward qualifying for the state meet in the 400 last year, but she now has another event (along with the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400 relays) to consider for the end of the season.
“I just wanted to make sure I ran my race as everybody else was booking it at the start,” she said. “I had to tell myself to run Kayla’s race, and I turned it on when they were slowing down.”
Coming off a sickness and racing at the end of her spring break, Pinnt also won the 100 in 12.59 seconds and the 200 in 26.06, both her quickest finishes of the season in those events.
A couple of other Moffat County sophomores also competed at the meet and did well. Selena Hernandez finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18 seconds, tied for ninth in the 100 and was 14th in the 300 hurdles.
On the boys side, Shandon Hadley took 15th in the 100 in 12.05, 11th in the 200 and 12th in the 400.
The full Moffat County varsity track team will compete Friday in Junction, hosted by Grand Junction Central.
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