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Moffat County track running strong in 2014

Nate Waggenspack

— With a successful 2013 season under its belt, the Moffat County track and field team plans to build on the momentum this year.

The Bulldogs sent athletes in several events to the 3A state tournament a year ago, and with most of them underclassmen, the team's depth looks like a strength in 2014. One of the Bulldogs' stars last year, state runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters Kayla Pinnt, has taken notice.

"We have a lot of good girls and boys on the team this year," Pinnt said. "We picked up a lot more freshmen that are great, too."

On the girls side especially, the outlook is good for Moffat County track. Along with Pinnt, the Bulldogs return every member from their state-finalist 4×100 and 4×400 relays, and three runners from the state 4×800 relay.

Sophomore Emily White also figures to give the team a boost in the shotput and discus, where she narrowly missed qualifying for state last season, and several freshmen have come in to push the team's already-deep sprint and middle-distance corps.

"We're like a family out here," Pinnt said about team practice. "We push each other because there are so many of us, but we just work hard and push each other."

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The boys track team doesn't return as many members but still figures to have some individuals competing with the best in the state. Kelly Campbell was a couple hundredths of a second away from qualifying for state in the 100 a year ago and likes what he has seen so far.

"We did lose a couple of those seniors (from the 4×100 relay), but most of our athletes are back," he said. "We've got a couple new ones here who are looking pretty tough. There are more future people on this team."

Campbell plans on getting to state in the 100 this season and hopes to be at the top of the podium when it's all said and done.

"Why not?" he said about winning it all. "It's going to take a lot of effort and commitment."

Matt Hamilton qualified in the triple jump early last season before injuries slowed him down. Along with Miguel Cruz, who was just outside the state field in high jump, the Bulldogs should have some talented scorers in the field events, as well.

The much-improved boys cross-country team has most of its runners out, hoping to contribute points to the team in the distance running events. All in all, Campbell said the team should be tough this season.

"I think we could be really good," he said. "If not, we'll be good the next season and the season after that, for sure."

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

Moffat County track schedule

March 22 at Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction

March 26 at Grand Junction Central

April 11 at Grand Junction Central

April 18 at Fruita Monument

April 25 Clint Wells Invitational at MCHS

May 2 and 3 at Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction

May 9 and 10 at WSL meet in Grand Junction

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