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Moffat County track athletes have strong start to season

Nate Waggenspack

In their first chance to qualify for the state meet, Moffat County's track athletes produced impressive times and distances.

The Rifle Invitational on Friday was Moffat County's second meet of the season, but its first competition in Montrose was not a CHSAA-sanctioned varsity meet, so the marks hit by athletes there wouldn't count toward their state chances.

But in Rifle, the Bulldogs had a chance to stake an early claim to a top-18, state-qualifying spot in their events, and several did so.

Kayla Pinnt won the 100-meter dash in 12.63 seconds, faster than she ran in the same meet a year ago. In the very early portion of the season, her time is the fastest in 3A. In the relays, Moffat County took third in the 4×100 and first in the 4×200, the same spots they currently hold statewide in 3A.

In both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, the girls have the second-best times in the state so far, after running 4:26.77 and 10:43.44, respectively.

Emily White threw the disc 101 feet, 7.5 inches, cracking 100 feet early this season after flirting with that milestone all last season. After taking third at the meet, her throw is fifth best in the state. White also took fourth in the shot put

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in Rifle.

On the boys side, Shandon Hadley took second place in the 100, running 11.94. His time is third best in 3A so far. Kelly Campbell took third in the 200 in 23.71, one hundredth of a second behind runner up Cole Adams, and is second in the state so far behind Coal Ridge's Chris Contreras.

Miguel Cruz tied for third in the high jump in Rifle, clearing five feet, eight inches in his first competition of the season. That is tied for the second best jump in 3A so far with five other jumpers.

Freshman Eddie Smercina jumped 16 feet, 9.5 inches Friday in the long jump, putting him 11th so far in the state.

The boys relays also had success, taking third in the 4-by-100 and fifth in the 4×400, with Coal Ridge being the only 3A team to beat them in each event.

Some teams haven't attended meets yet this season, so many more athletes' times, jumps and throws will increase the competition for those state spots, but in its first chance to make a statement, Moffat County track looked strong.

The Bulldogs will try to better each of their performances when the team takes to the track at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction this weekend.

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