Craig Sports Briefs for May 6, 2015: Special Olympics events take place this weekend |

Craig Sports Briefs for May 6, 2015: Special Olympics events take place this weekend

The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games return to Craig this weekend with track and field, aquatics and weightlifting for children and adults with disabilities.

Athletes and their families are invited to an introductory barbecue at 6 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, with a dance to follow.

On Saturday, athletes will have a free breakfast at McDonald’s, starting at 7 a.m. The community is welcome to watch the opening ceremonies at about 9 a.m. at the Moffat County High School track, with the torch run festivities beginning at the parking lot of the former Safeway building.

Community members are also welcome to watch and cheer as athletes compete or to volunteer to assist with the day’s proceedings.

For more information, call local organizer Dan Severson at 970-629-1509.

Moffat County swimmers prep for league championships

The Moffat County High School boys swim team took third in its final regular season meet Saturday, the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.

Going against the host school as well as the District 51 group — Palisade, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Central High Schools — Moffat County’s Jesse Kurz placed second in the 100-yard freestyle at a time of 56.75 seconds and third in the 50 free, clocking in at 24.22.

In the 100, Jacob Briggs was fourth (1:04.40) and Daniel Rockwell sixth (1:19.76). Briggs was also eighth (27.00) in the 50, following Steamboat Springs’ Brenden Carta (25.28) seventh-place finish, while Wes Atkin was 13th at 31.81.

Carta also placed fifth in the 100 fly at 1:06.74.

Steamboat’s Sean Portman was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.39), with Atkin sixth (1:29.22). Portman also had a 2:44.72 for fourth place in the 200 individual medley.

Elsewhere, Chris Kling took third in the 200 free, with a 2:16.37, and sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:07.98).

In relays, Moffat County took second in the 200 medley (1:58.75) and third in the 200 free (1:43.35).

The team will attend the league championships Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, looking to achieve qualifying times for the 4A state meet next week. In April, the 200 free relay group of Kurz, Briggs, Kling and Carta secured their place at state with a time of 1:42.47.

Dude Dent awards night scheduled for May

Moffat County High School will host its annual Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

The event honors the top male and female athletes senior athletes for their prowess in both sports and academics. The Dude Dent is named in honor of Dent, who was a scholar athlete in Moffat County in the 1930s before being killed in action during World War II.

The evening is $15 per plate. Tickets can be purchased through MCHS athletes or at the school.

For more information, call 970-824-7036.

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