MCHS senior nearing pre-season goal |

MCHS senior nearing pre-season goal

Joshua Gordon

Monday saw Lauren Roberts take another step toward her season-long goal.

The Moffat County High School senior took first place in long jump at the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand High School in Kremmling as well as second in the high jump and triple jump.

Roberts said her goal before the season started was to qualify for the 4A state track and field meet in all three jumping events.

Her 15 feet, 10.5 inches in long jump was her longest jump of the season. While she isn't in the top 18 in the state yet, Roberts said, the distance wasn't as significant as what the mark means moving forward.

"I mapped out my starting marks last week because I have scratched and not put jumps on the board all season," she said. "Now that I have my right starting mark, I didn't scratch at all in Kremmling and I think I should probably get the mark I need to qualify for state."

The state meet is May 19 to 21 in Denver.

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Roberts is currently about 4 inches out of the top 18 who qualify for the state meet in long jump. However, she is ranked 12th in triple jump and tied for 11th in high jump.

Roberts said she isn't too concerned about missing out on qualifying for long jump.

"Earlier in the season, I scratched on a 17 feet, 2 inches mark by about a toe," she said. "Last year I jumped 16 feet, 19.5 inches, so as long as I can keep my marks right, I think I can get it."

Roberts' high finishes helped propel the MCHS girls varsity track and field team to a second place finish at Monday's meet. The boys team took first out of the 12 teams competing.

Junior Sierra Arellano took second place in the 100-meter dash (13.82) and the 200 (29.22), and senior Maddy Jourgensen won the 1,600.

Jourgensen's time of 5 minutes, 25.47 seconds was her personal best of the season and she is currently ranked seventh in the state.

Sophomore Sassy Murray finished second in the 800 (2:48.49), and senior Kelly Syvertson won the discus competition with a throw of 89 feet, 5 inches.

The boys team was led by all four relays.

The 4-by-100-meter relay, 4-by-400-meter relay and the 4-by-800-meter relay all took first while the 4-by-200-meter relay finished third.

A number of the boys took second place in their events, including Kelly Campbell in the 100 (12.08), Johnny Landa in the 200 (24.86), Alfredo Lebron in the 400 (53.80), Miguel Molina in the 800 (2:13.08), Ryder Seely in the 110 hurdles (16.83) and Landa in the 1,600 (5:01.92).

Senior Gage Spears won the discus event with a throw of 113 feet, 6 inches, and his brother, junior Garrett Spears, took second in the shot put (45'8").

Lance Scranton, the boys team head coach, said it was a "mixed bag" of results.

"No one really had their personal best, but we won overall, so it was a good meet," he said. "We had our home meet cancelled last week, so this was a last-second addition, and I think the athletes performed well."

Both the boys and girls teams will compete in the Tiger Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

Scranton said compared to the meet in Kremmling, the Tiger Invitational is huge.

"A lot of the teams we will see will be in the regional meet and we will see some teams travel from Denver," he said. "It is good competition to have as we head into our last big meets."

Roberts said she usually performs well when she competes in Grand Junction and hopes to get her final state-qualifying mark this weekend.

"I know the runways and the pits there really well," she said. "I have my steps down now and I am going to run as fast as I can so I can hit the marks I need."

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Top individual results from the Moffat County High School varsity track and field team’s meet Monday at West Grand High School in Kremmling:

(Name — event — place — time/mark)

• Lauren Roberts — long jump — 1 — 15’10.5”

• Lauren Roberts — triple jump — 2 — 33’6”

• Lauren Roberts — high jump — 2 — 4’11”

• Kelly Syvertson — discus — 1 — 89’5”

• Maddy Jourgensen — 1,600-meter run — 1 — 5:25.47

• Gage Spears — discus — 1 — 113’6”

• Moffat County — boys 4-by-100-meter relay — 1 — 46.16

• Moffat County — boys 4-by-400-meter relay — 1 — 3:39.90

• Moffat County — boys 4-by-800-meter relay — 1 — 8:27.12

• Moffat County — girls 4-by-400-meter relay — 2 — 4:27.52

• Moffat County — boys 4-by-200-meter relay — 3 — 1:38.91

• Sierra Arellano — 100-meter dash — 2 — 13.82

• Sierra Arellano — 200-meter dash — 2 — 29.22

• Sassy Murray — 800-meter run — 2 — 2:48.49

• Kelly Campbell — 100-meter dash — 2 — 12.08

• Johnny Landa — 200-meter dash — 2 — 24.86

• Johnny Landa — 1,600-meter run _ 2 — 5:01.92

• Alfredo Lebron — 400-meter dash — 2 — 53.80

• Miguel Molina — 800-meter run — 2 — 2:13.08

• Ryder Seely — 110-meter high hurdles — 2 — 16.83

• Ryder Seely — 300-meter high hurdles — 5 — 48.94

• Garrett Spears — shot put — 2 — 45’8.00”

• Kimberly Schaffner — shot put — 5 — 25’1.00”

— The boys team took first and the girls team took second out of 12 teams.