Gallery: Day 1 for Moffat County track and field at state championships |

Gallery: Day 1 for Moffat County track and field at state championships

LAKEWOOD — Moffat County High School’s top-tier athletes of the track and field program went into the biggest competition of the season Thursday with the beginning of the 3A CHSAA State Championships.

Senior Jesse Earle began the afternoon placing 17th in the shot put, getting warmed up for his stronger discus event to come Friday morning, while sprinters Stephenie Swindler and Victor Silva took on the 100-meter dash, finishing 17th and 14th, respectively, in the preliminary round, each ready for bigger matters to come.

While Abbe Adams took on the high jump bar, the 4×200 relay teams had varied results. As girls — Swindler, Halle Hamilton, Emma Jones, Emaleigh Papierski — secured a spot in the finals with second place in their heat and third overall behind a determined Montezuma Cortez group that set a new 3A state meet record.

However, a handoff mishap for the boys — AJ Barber, Jared Atkin, Logan Hafey, Silva — knocked them out of contention.

Atkin bounced back in the 110 hurdles, easily qualifying for finals with second in the heat and fourth in the total pack.

While the opening day concluded with Papierski and Hamilton each getting past the prelims of the 400 dash — seventh and ninth — the Bulldogs took their first medals of the meet in the 4×800 as Hamilton led off the two-mile relay, joined by Kelsey McDiffett, Lydia Berkoff, and Swindler, ranking eighth with a season low time of 9:56.55.

State track continues at 8 a.m. Friday at Lakewood’s Jefferson County Stadium.