MCHS track athletes compete at invitational in Grand Junction |

MCHS track athletes compete at invitational in Grand Junction

Joshua Gordon

Ryder Seely, a Moffat County High School sophomore, runs the hurdles Saturday at the Warrior Wild West Invitational in Grand Junction. Seeley took third place in the 110-meter hurdles and helped lead the MCHS boys varsity track and field team to a third-place finish.

Lauren Roberts arrived Saturday at the Warrior Wild West Invitational in Grand Junction fresh off a two-week break from competition.

The Moffat County High School senior competed in four events in the inaugural meet — the 200-meter dash, and the triple, high and long jumps.

Todd Trapp, the MCHS girls varsity track and field coach, said Roberts started her events at the beginning of the day and was moving between all four until the end of the meet.

The hard work paid off as Roberts placed in the top five in all four events.

She finished second in the high jump, third in the triple jump and long jump, and fifth in the 200-meter dash.

"(Roberts) is really a jump specialist and competes very well in the jumping events, but also places in the sprints," Trapp said. "I think she could place in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash in almost every meet."

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Lance Scranton, the MCHS boys varsity track and field coach, said Roberts is always a consistent performer and has the mental toughness to compete in multiple events.

"I think her performance Saturday shows how hard Lauren works," he said. "It is a testament to her competitive attitude."

Trapp said Roberts' athletic ability helps.

"It is tough to go between four events that go on all day," he said. "Lauren is a tough, talented athlete who puts in the work needed to succeed."

The girls team finished in eighth place out of nine teams at the invitational, while the boys team finished third.

Sophomore Eryn Leonard took third in the 1,600-meter run and fellow sophomore Kim Schaffner finished fifth in discus.

The boys team earned points in every aspect of the meet — distance, sprints, throwing, jumping and hurdles.

Junior Alfredo Lebron took first place in the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run and was part of the second place 4-by-400-meter relay.

Lebron's times in 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run — 1 minute, 58.6 seconds and 4 minutes, 26.13 seconds, respectively — rank him second in the 4A class.

Lebron is also ranked fourth in the state in the 3,200-meter run.

Trapp said Lebron had a fantastic day in Grand Junction, and is on pace to break a few school records.

"Alfredo always comes to work hard and is confident in what he is doing," he said. "If he keeps working hard and setting (personal records) every week, he can challenge and break some school records."

Trapp said Monday he didn't know the exact time of the records in the 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run or the 3,200-meter run, but said Lebron is closest to the 800-meter record, only about a second off.

Lebron wasn't the only contributor to the team's high finish.

Junior Miguel Molina took third in the 800-meter run, sophomore Ryder Seely took third in the 110-meter high hurdles and senior Tyler Brost finished fifth in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

In the field events, senior Chet Harvey took second and fifth in the triple jump and high jump, respectively. Junior Garrett Spears took third place in the shot put while his older brother, senior Gage Spears, finished fifth. Gage also took fourth in discus.

Scranton said Garrett has changed his form this year, something Gage did last year.

"The throwers did a great job adjusting at the meet," he said. "It is always good for the throwers to face competition that can throw farther than them because it helps them to improve."

The Bulldogs will compete next April 14 at the Tiger Invite at Lakewood High School.

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Top Moffat County High School varsity track and field team’s individual results from the Warrior Wild West Invitational on Saturday in Grand Junction:

(Name — event — place — time/mark)

• Alfredo Lebron — 800-meter run — 1 — 1:58.60

• Alfredo Lebron — 1,600-meter run — 1 — 4:26.13

• Chet Harvey — triple jump — 2 — 39’ 9.5”

• Chet Harvey — high jump — T5 — 5’ 8”

• Moffat County — 4-by-400-meter relay — 2 — 3:32.58

• Lauren Roberts — high jump — T2 — 5’

• Lauren Roberts — triple jump — 3 — 31’ 9.5”

• Lauren Roberts — long jump — 3 — 15’ 10”

• Lauren Roberts — 200-meter dash — 5 — 28.41

• Miguel Molina — 800-meter run — 3 — 2:04.35

• Ryder Seely — 110-meter high hurdles — 3 — 16.78

• Garrett Spears — shot put — 3 — 41’ 1.25”

• Eryn Leonard — 1,600-meter run — 3 — 5:47.09

• Gage Spears — discus — 4 — 39’ 6.25”

• Gage Spears — shot put — 5 — 123’

• Tyler Brost — 100-meter dash — 5 — 11.88

• Tyler Brost — 200-meter dash — 5 — 24.06

• Kim Schaffner — discus — 5 — 85’10”

—The MCHS boys team finished third and the girls team eighth out of nine teams at the meet.

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