Day 1 dazzling for girls track team
AURORA — If the Moffat County track and field coaching staff could bottle up the past week and preserve it for every year before state, they probably would.
Almost everything went right in preparation and performance at Day 1 of the state track meet.
One technique that girls coach Vicki Haddan thought worked well was her talk with the girls team Thursday night.
“I told them we were here to have fun but we were also here to run, jump and throw,” she said. “Sometimes kids don’t listen, but I really think those girls did.”
The Bulldog girls placed in the top nine Friday in every individual event in which they were entered. Going into the meet, only one Bulldog, senior Emily Sperl in the 3,200, was ranked in the top nine.
After Day 1, the Bulldog girls were in fourth place with 14 points.
Workman’s wise words
Freshman Markie Workman showed wisdom beyond her years, and it earned her a ribbon Friday.
After 13 jumpers cleared 5 feet in the high jump, several jumpers asked for the officials to skip 5’1″ and go right to 5’2″ but Workman wouldn’t have it.
“I hadn’t made 5’1″ yet this year so I wanted to jump it,” said Workman, who cleared five feet on her third attempt. “I knew if we passed, it could get worse.”
Because Workman spoke up, the height was kept at 5’1.” Several girls, including regional champion Steamboat Springs’ Kayla Kostur, passed at 5’1.
Workman then cleared 5’1″ on her second jump.
“I was happy because I reached my goal for the year,” she said. “I finally got up there.”
Kostur and two other girls who passed at 5’1″ didn’t clear 5’2,” which moved them below Workman in the standings.
“It was good that (Markie) spoke up,” coach Vicki Haddan said. “I don’t know that many girls would do that or know they could do that.
“I knew once she got past the five-foot mark she would probably place,” Haddan said. “This week was beneficial for her because she just had to focus on high jump and nothing else.”
Weber launches in shot
Senior Brittani Weber was thrown for a loop even before her event started Friday. Her shot put weighed in too light to use.
“It made weight all year and then it just didn’t today,” she said. “Nine of the shot puts didn’t, so they thought maybe the scales were off. But I borrowed one, and I’m not going to complain.”
She had no complaints because her borrowed shot put traveled farther than her regular one had all year by more than a foot. In Weber’s third throw, she launched it 36’71/4″, which was a personal best. Her previous best this year was 35’71/2″.
After the prelims, she was in fifth place.
“I felt relaxed out there,” she said. “Everything felt pretty good and (coach Lance) Scranton said I was the fastest he had ever seen me.”
“She was more aggressive,” Scranton said. “She was also ready to compete.”
In the finals, one thrower, who was seeded lower, passed Weber up and she was unable to find a groove to throw better than the prelims. She finished sixth overall, one place better than her showing last year.
“Last year I would have won it with a throw in the thirty-sixes,” she said. “It was more competitive this year and I’m happy with how I did.”
Looking back at her four years, the senior said she was proud to finish her career with a personal best and that she was even prouder to have done it in front of her parents.
Charchalis chases them
Freshman Angie Charchalis ran the race that distance coach Todd Trapp hoped she would in the 800. The leaders in the 800 went across the first lap in 63 seconds. Considering the fastest time coming in was a 2:16, a 63 was a little quick. Charchalis crossed the first lap in 68 seconds and in 12th place. She punished the girls who went out too fast the final 300, passing five of them to finish seventh.
“I thought, ‘gosh everyone is going to run 2:15,” after the first lap, she said. “Then everyone started dying.”
First–year jitters were a factor for Chrachalis before the race, but once the gun went off, she was racing like she had all year.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” she said. “I just went out and ran.”
Charchalis ran a personal best by three seconds. She came in ranked 13th in the race with a 2:24 and finished seventh with a 2:21.3.
Senior Angela Nelson finished 18th in the race.
Sperl heats up 3,200
Last week at the regional meet, senior Emily Sperl said she liked to run in the heat because she feels loose. She showed that again with a fifth-place finish in the 3,200.
Sperl and a pack of seven runners ran together for five laps. When runners started to drop from the pack, the Moffat County senior moved up into fourth place.
“It really didn’t hurt until the last lap,” she said.
On the last lap, Pine Creek’s Kellie Callahan passed Sperl on the final straightaway.
Despite being passed Sperl, who finished in 12:09.21, had nothing to be ashamed of.
“For her to run the same time today as she did at regionals means she had a better race,” Haddan said. “She ran a great race.”
It was Sperl’s first appearance at state in the 3,200. She was happy with her place.
Senior Amelia Parker finished the 3,200 in 11th place.
Sophomore Jake Miller was 16th in the boys 3,200.
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