MCHS track team wins several events at 1st meet |

MCHS track team wins several events at 1st meet

Ben Bulkeley

— For senior Corey Wojt­kiewicz, the first track meet of the year showed the Moffat County High School senior a number of things.

First and foremost was that MCHS could be a force to be reckoned with this season, Wojtkiewicz said.

Running Friday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction during the Warrior Relay, the MCHS boys team was able to dominate in its first action of the season.

"I thought it went better than expected," Wojtkiewicz said. "It was definitely a good start."

In both the 4-by-1,600 and 4-by-100 meter relays, MCHS was able to win convincingly.

"In the 4-by-100, we were able to smoke everyone," Wojtkiewicz said. "It was pretty cool to watch."

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In the mile, MCHS outran its closest opponent by more than 200 meters.

And for Wojtkiewicz, the beginning of the year looks promising.

"I'm excited," he said. "I feel like we're ready."

The girls team took first place in the 1,600-meter medley, second in the 4-by-800-meter relay, and third in discus, high jump and long jump.

The girls also took fourth in the 800-meter medley and the triple jump, and fifth in the 4-by-400 meter, 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 meter relays.

Moffat County took first in the boys 4-by-1,600-meter relay, 4-by-100-meter relay, 1,600-meter medley and the triple jump.

The boys team also took third in the discus, the 4-by-200-meter relay, fourth in the 800-meter medley, and fifth in the 4-by-400-meter relay.

The boys shot put team missed taking the event by less than an inch.

Senior Jeremiah Gordon said that although the team may not have been able to come away with a victory, he claimed one for himself.

"I threw 41.1 (feet), which is a new personal best," he said. "My goal for this year is 47 feet, which would be good enough for state."

Part of Gordon's fast start was a change in throwing dynamics.

"Before, we had been gliding," he said. "This season, we are going to rotate. (Friday) was my first time ever spinning (before a throw), and it felt really good.

"I'm pretty excited for the rest of the year."

The first meet did induce early season jitters, however.

Sophomore Amie Chadwick said she had nerves before performing in the triple jump and four-by-200 relay.

"It wasn't my best meet," she said. "I was nervous, but that always happens before the first meet of the year."

But, shortly after her events had concluded, Chadwick was already thinking of how to improve in time for the March 12 Ralston Valley Relays.

"I just need to continue to work on my form for the triple jump," she said. "And just relax."

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