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Moffat County girls fly to four state track championships

Kayla Pinnt breaks own records, repeats as 100, 200 victor; girls place 4th, boys 31st

Moffat County High School's Kayla Pinnt nears the finish line during the 100-meter dash Saturday at the 3A State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood. Pinnt won the 100 and 200 for the second year in a row, setting new school records in each, as part of four state titles MCHS girls received. Pinnt and Lauren and Emma Samuelson also were part of both the 4x100 and 4x200 relay groups that won at state, the former quartet with Selena Hernandez and the latter with Ary Shaffer.

— The Moffat County High School girls track team had a field day during the final stretch of the 3A State Championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

Moffat County track and field results from 3A State Championships

Athlete(s) — Time/Distance, Place

Girls

100-meter dash

Kayla Pinnt — 12.01, 1

100-meter hurdles

Selena Hernandez — 17.11, 10

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200-meter dash

Kayla Pinnt — 24.52, 1

300-meter hurdles

Selena Hernandez — 49.32, 14

800-meter run

Mattie Jo Duzik — 2:22.53, 8

1,600-meter run

Mattie Jo Duzik — 5:29.51, 6

Allie Dilldine — 5:51.32, 18

3,200-meter run

Emily Womble — 12:12.23, 6

Allie Dilldine — 12:34.43, 13

4×100-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Selena Hernandez/Lauren Samuelson/Kayla Pinnt — 50.06, 1

4×200-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Ary Shaffer/Lauren Samuelson/Kayla Pinnt — 1:45.03, 1

4×400-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Ary Shaffer/Jazzmine Piatt/Lauren Samuelson — 4.12.46, 7

4×800-meter relay

Ary Shaffer/Allie Dilldine/Lauren Samuelson/Mattie Jo Duzik — 10:01.78, 6

Long jump

Ary Shaffer — 15' 11.25", 9

Discus

Morgan Lawton — 92' 8", 17

— The team placed fourth overall.

Boys

200-meter dash

Shandon Hadley — 23.32, 2

4×200-meter relay

Matt Hamilton/Shandon Hadley/Eddie Smercina/Kaden Hafey — 1:34.95, 17

4×400-meter relay

Shandon Hadley/Eddie Smercina/Connor Scranton/Kaden Hafey — 3:34.97, 16

4×800-meter relay

Garrett Ferguson/Diego Quezada/Riley Allen/Connor Scranton — 8:36.28, 14

Long jump

Eddie Smercina — Did not place

Triple jump

Matt Hamilton — 43' 5", 3

— The team tied for 31st overall.

In a day that concluded with a fourth place team finish, Saturday saw MCHS capture three state titles in addition to the 4×200-meter relay victory Friday. Two of these medals were a repeat for their recipient, as junior Kayla Pinnt sped to back-to-back championships honors in both the 100 and 200 dash.

As the holder of the school records in both events, Pinnt's outdoing of her personal bests with times of 12.01 and 24.52 seconds means she'll be further immortalized in MCHS athletics.

At least until the next time she exceeds herself.

The two races were nerve-wracking, the young runner said, partly due to the pressure to defend her pair of titles but also the wait to get in motion after preliminary rounds where she had to hold back her best effort to conserve energy.

Even after the 200, she had one thing on her mind.

"I want to keep running," she said, mentioning plans to find events in the summer, possibly out of state.

The Bulldog sprinter was also part of the 4×100 relay, which earned the final title of the weekend for the Bulldogs, as Emma Samuelson, Lauren Samuelson and Selena Hernandez ran the first three-quarters remaining in the middle of the pack before handing it off to a primed Pinnt to finish at 50.06, rocketing past the competition, quickly met by her ecstatic teammates.

"It's so much better when you have someone to celebrate with," Pinnt said.

The components of the 4×100 were similar to the lineup in the 4×200 the day before, in which Pinnt and the Samuelsons were grouped with Ary Shaffer to win it at 1:45.03.

Hernandez ran her segment with an ankle heavily taped, which had been bothering her during the hurdle races Thursday and Friday, barely missing qualifying in the 100, placing 10th.

"I powered through it," she said. "This was the best way to finish was with the relay."

The last girls relay was the 4×400, comprised of Shaffer, the Samuelsons and Jazzmine Piatt, running into trouble in the last leg when Lauren Samuelson collided with a Manitou Springs runner, costing her some precious seconds as the group placed seventh.

The finish to her senior year wasn't how she would have preferred to end things, but the two relay championships were enough consolation, Lauren said.

"It's just kind of sad because these girls are like my sisters," she said, also motioning to her actual sibling, Emma.

Moffat County was well-represented in the lengthier events Friday and Saturday, Mattie Jo Duzik sixth and eighth in the 1,600 and 800 runs, respectively, after taking league championships in each earlier in the month, though she shaved off seconds in both.

In her second year at state, she said the process gets easier and easier.

"I feel a lot more confident, and I know what's expected," she said.

In the 1,600, Allie Dilldine struggled somewhat to break into the crowd, taking 18th. She noted her standing at 13 with a season best in the 3,200 was an indicator that her specialty is clearly as a long-distance harrier.

"You have more of a chance to fix your mistakes," she said of the two-mile jaunt. "I just want to get on the podium for an individual event."

Fellow cross country carry-over Emily Womble did even better in the 3,200, hitting a peak of 12:12.23 and sixth place.

In the two field events the girls were entered in, Shaffer was ninth in the long jump at 15 feet, 11.25, while Morgan Lawton took 17th in the discus, throwing 92' 8".

"I wish I'd done better, but for the amount of practice I've had, it's pretty good," Lawton said.

The Bulldogs boys had their greatest success in the triple jump, as Matt Hamilton landed third place in the triple jump at 43' 5", giving the group their only points of the weekend to end with a tie for No. 31.

A top personal time of 23.30 wasn't quite enough to put Shandon Hadley into the finals in the 200 dash, the runner also part of the 4×400's best effort to date, a 3:34.97 alongside teammates Eddie Smercina, Kaden Hafey and Connor Scranton that put them in 16th.

"It's been adrenaline-filled," Scranton said of the weekend as he cooled down from the exertion.

Scranton also joined Garrett Ferguson, Diego Quezada and Riley Allen in the 4×800, ranked 14, while the 4×200 team of Smercina, Hamilton, Hadley and Hafey were 17th.

Smercina was also a competitor in the long jump, though he had to take a scratch after three attempts.

"We made it to state, that's what matters," he said.

Head track coach Todd Trapp said he sees a great deal of potential among the boys, the majority of whom are underclassmen.

"They've seen what it's like here, so now they know what to expect and they'll be back next year," Trapp said.

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Moffat County track and field results from 3A State Championships

Athlete(s) — Time/Distance, Place

Girls

100-meter dash

Kayla Pinnt — 12.01, 1

100-meter hurdles

Selena Hernandez — 17.11, 10

200-meter dash

Kayla Pinnt — 24.52, 1

300-meter hurdles

Selena Hernandez — 49.32, 14

800-meter run

Mattie Jo Duzik — 2:22.53, 8

1,600-meter run

Mattie Jo Duzik — 5:29.51, 6

Allie Dilldine — 5:51.32, 18

3,200-meter run

Emily Womble — 12:12.23, 6

Allie Dilldine — 12:34.43, 13

4×100-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Selena Hernandez/Lauren Samuelson/Kayla Pinnt — 50.06, 1

4×200-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Ary Shaffer/Lauren Samuelson/Kayla Pinnt — 1:45.03, 1

4×400-meter relay

Emma Samuelson/Ary Shaffer/Jazzmine Piatt/Lauren Samuelson — 4.12.46, 7

4×800-meter relay

Ary Shaffer/Allie Dilldine/Lauren Samuelson/Mattie Jo Duzik — 10:01.78, 6

Long jump

Ary Shaffer — 15’ 11.25”, 9

Discus

Morgan Lawton — 92’ 8”, 17

— The team placed fourth overall.

Boys

200-meter dash

Shandon Hadley — 23.32, 2

4×200-meter relay

Matt Hamilton/Shandon Hadley/Eddie Smercina/Kaden Hafey — 1:34.95, 17

4×400-meter relay

Shandon Hadley/Eddie Smercina/Connor Scranton/Kaden Hafey — 3:34.97, 16

4×800-meter relay

Garrett Ferguson/Diego Quezada/Riley Allen/Connor Scranton — 8:36.28, 14

Long jump

Eddie Smercina — Did not place

Triple jump

Matt Hamilton — 43’ 5”, 3

— The team tied for 31st overall.

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