Craig Sports Briefs for March 23, 2015: Moffat County runners hitting stride |

Craig Sports Briefs for March 23, 2015: Moffat County runners hitting stride

The members of the Craig Youth Hockey Association Squirts team unfurl their runner-up banner following a 5-4 loss to Team Select in the championship game of the State Recreation Tournament March 8 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Squirts were 1-1-1 during the three-day event. The Craig Bantam team also played at state, tying for third, with a 1-2 weekend in Gunnison.
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The Moffat County High School girls and boys varsity track teams placed seventh and 12, respectively, Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction, with the Bulldogs among the top finishers in many events.

In her first meet of the season, Kayla Pinnt won the 100-meter dash at a time of 12.27 seconds. She also joined Emma Samuelson, Lauren Samuelson and Ary Shaffer to take the win in the 4×200 relay at one minute, 47.49 seconds.

The same crew also took a narrow runner-up status in the 4×400, their 4:13.22 a fraction of a second behind the winning foursome from Battle Mountain.

In the 4×800 relay, Lauren Samuelson, Allie Dilldine, Mattie Jo Duzik and Emily Womble were third at 11:01.40. Duzik also placed fourth (2:32.49) in the 800 run, while Dilldine and Womble took fifth and seventh in the 3,200 (13:09.36, 13:30.80).

In the 4×100 relay, Selena Hernandez, Karmen Christopher, Maddy Olinger and Shaffer were sixth (53.62).

Hernandez also got seventh in both the 100 hurdles (17.57) and 300 hurdles (50.58), while Josie Timmer received eighth in the 400 dash (1:05.48).

In field events, Shaffer led the girls with ninth place in the long jump at 14 feet 5.25 inches, while Matt Hamilton grabbed the silver in the boys triple jump at 41’ 1”.

Shandon Hadley was the boys’ top individual harrier, fifth in the 200 dash (23.86) and sixth in the 100 dash (11.67), also part of the ninth place 4×100 team of Kaden Hafey, Nate Gaitlyn and Eddie Smercina (47.48).

MCHS also ranked sixth in both the 4×400 — Smercina, Hafey, Diego Quezada and Connor Scranton (3:45.89) — and 4×800 — Scranton, Quezada, Steven Walls and Riley Allen (9:28.31).

Moffat County track and field will next be at the Broomfield Shootout Friday afternoon.

Youth hockey teams compete at state level

The Craig Youth Hockey Association Squirts and Bantam teams recently played in the Recreational State Tournament March 6 through 8 for the 10U and 14U age divisions, respectively.

The Squirt Cougars took second place, starting with a sizable 7-2 win against Woodland Park at Denver’s Big Bear North. The Cougars next tied Team Select, 2-2, at Littleton’s Edge-West to qualify for the finals, meeting the same squad again the following day at the Pepsi Center, this time downed, 5-4.

The Bantam team traveled to Gunnison for its event, falling in the first round, 4-1, to Green Mountain Falls. The next day, the Cougars defeated eventual tourney winner Telluride, 4-2, only to later lose to Summit, 5-1, tying for third in the process.

Craig Daily Press offers March Madness contest

If you’ve got a head for college basketball as it heads into the biggest tournament of the year, catch the fever online with the Craig Daily Press Battle of the Brackets.

Visit to sign up for the free event, which is part of the national UPICKEM program, offering prizes at the local and national levels, a $1 million prize at stake for those who correctly predict the winner of every game of the NCAA Men’s Division I event.

Participants can pick before each game instead of setting their entire bracket from the start. VIP pickers include Shane Camilletti of Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, Ryan Duran of Eastside Liquor, Steve Maneotis of Victory Motors, Brett Etzler of Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta and Andy Bockelman, Daily Press sports reporter.

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