Moffat County track athletes positioned well for state

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Last week’s Clint Wells Invitational saw many Bulldogs individuals and teams post season-bests in their events, putting many more athletes from Moffat County into state-meet contention.

With just two weekends left before the state meet begins May 15, a host of MCHS track and field athletes are looking like they could make some noise next month in Lakewood.

After two runner-up finishes at last year’s state meet, Kayla Pinnt was expected to be a contender again this season. Despite injuries that have kept her out of some events this season, the sophomore is among the best sprinters in 3A once again. She has the fastest time in the 100-meter dash so far, the third-fastest in the 200 and sixth-fastest in the 400. She has also been a part of girls sprint relay teams that have been better than a season ago. The Bulldogs 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relays are all in the top five in the state this season.

Clint Wells was a big day for the boys sprint relays, as their times in last Friday’s meet were all season-bests and moved them into state contention. The Bulldogs 400 relay is 15th, 800 relay is eighth and the 1,600 relay is 13th best, up from 22nd a week ago.

Setting personal bests in Craig also was girls thrower Emily White and hurdler Selena Hernandez. White is ranked 16th in the state in both discus and shotput, while Hernandez is fourth in the 100 hurdles and 15th in the 300 hurdles.

Other Bulldogs are hanging right around the top 18, where the state cutoff occurs after regional meets on May 10. Mattie Jo Duzik would need to drop a couple seconds in both her 800 and 1,600 times in order to crack the top 18, while Emily Womble’s 3,200 time is 18th-best in the state by 0.18 seconds.

Ary Shaffer has the 19th-furthest long jump in girls 3A, just a quarter of an inch outside the current state field. Kelly Campbell is looking at a similar situation in the boys 100. He is 0.07 seconds out of the top 18, while his 200 time is No. 18 so far, with six other sprinters from around the state within a tenth of a second.

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