Girls, and boys track teams endure five meets in one week |

Girls, and boys track teams endure five meets in one week

Elwood Shelton

Within a week’s time, the boys and girls track teams will have run five meets, and only two of those will have been qualifying meets.

The meets started last Thursday at the Moffat County field with the North Park Invitational. The teams traveled to Fruita on Friday and to Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

Though they won the North Park Invitational, Moffat County only had five top finishes, two of which were in running events.

Kate Schafer captured first in the 400-meter run and Sheila McNicol second in the 800. In the field events, April Tague came in first in the long jump, and Stephanie Urbanoski did the same in the triple jump. Kellie Dodds blew the field away in the shot put, finishing first with a 31-foot, one-inch toss.

She is still six inches under state qualification.

“We weren’t really looking to win any of the meets last weekend, we were just going out to gain the experience,” Coach Mike Gleason said.

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But the girls came up winners anyway. They not only won the North Park Invite, but the Fruita meet also. They then placed a solid fourth at Glenwood Springs.

Sprinter Jill Adamek, who didn’t run in the North Park meet, placed first in the four races she ran in over the next two days. She was the only girl to earn four wins over the weekend.

Several individuals and relay teams finished first at Fruita, only to take second in Glenwood, or vice-versa. Laurel Mortensen placed first in the 400 Friday, and dropped to second in the same race Saturday. The 4×400 relay team of Mortensen, Charlotte Steele, Stephanie Hurd, and Emily Mortensen did the same.

The 4×800 relay team, made up of the same runners pulled in second at Fruita and won it all at Glenwood.

“In truth, we’re not pushing the girls to run their hardest right now, we’ll save that for Districts,” Gleason said. “We just want the girls to get out there and get some competition before it really starts to count.”

Boys track

The boy’s track team had its best showing of the year at the North Park Invitational, finishing third as a team.

Two relay teams walked away with first place awards, the 4×400 team of Anthony Loughran, Tim Baily, Bryce Ellgen, and Brian Haslem and the 4×800 team of Loughran, Baily, Ellgen, and Colton Grinolds.

At Fruita on Friday Jarrod Burns, senior, turned out a first-place performance in the 3,200 run and a first by the mile relay, run by Burns, Grinolds, Drew Morris, and Nate Browning.

Moffat County didn’t place in any events in Glenwood Springs.

“It was a good weekend for us, the younger boys are really coming along, and Burns is doing what we expected him to do his senior year,” Coach Gary Tague said. “We need to continue building on the progress we’ve already made, and we’ll get some events qualified.”

The team traveled to Rawlins, Wyo., Tuesday and will head to Rifle Saturday the team’s next two chances for both track teams to qualify for state.

The Rawlins tournament is mainly attended by smaller schools from around Wyoming and Colorado. The Rifle meet, on the other hand, will be large, and Class 5A schools may compete.

After this week, the teams will have only one chance left to qualify before Regionals, which is the May 5 Moffat County High School Invitational. It will be the second home meet of the year and the final meet of the regular season.

“We’re still trying to answer questions on who will run what in individualevents and relays,” Gleason said. “There are still quite a few changes that may be made before regionals, but that’s why there’s regular season it’s a time to answer questions.”

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