Moffat County runners, throwers, jumpers headed for state track, field championships
With 18 qualifying entries across 16 events and 16 total athletes, Moffat County High School track and field will send a swarm of their top competitors to the 3A CHSAA State Championships.
Colorado High School Activities Association released the heat sheets Monday for the spring season’s biggest gathering, coming up Thursday through Saturday at Lakewood’s Jefferson County Stadium.
Bulldogs will represent MCHS across the gamut of track and field events alike, some just making the cut in their respective contests, while others are in the upper echelon of the rankings ready to medal.
Senior Jared Atkin holds the top rankings among his teammates, seeded third in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300, having won Western Slope League gold in each earlier this month.
Girls relays are among some of the highest ranked, as well — fourth in the 4×400, fifth in 4×200 and seventh in 4×800.
Running the 4×2 and 4×4 will be Emaleigh Papierski, Halle Hamilton, Stephenie Swindler and Emma Jones, while the 4×8 team will be Hamilton, Swindler, Kelsey McDiffett and Lydia Berkoff.
In solo sprints, Papierski and Hamilton are seventh and eighth in the 400 dash, while Swindler in ninth in the 100.
MoCo boys also have three relay teams headed to state, 12th in the 4×2 and 4×4 and 18th in the 4×100. Victor Silva will be on all three — as well as tied for the 18th seed in the 100 dash — as will AJ Barber. Atkin will run both the 4×2 and 4×4.
Kevin Hernandez and Cale Scranton will join Silva and Barber in the 4×1, with Logan Hafey rounding out the 4×2 and Wilson Eike in the 4×4.
In the field events, Caylah Million holds the highest slot at sixth in the girls discus, with Tiffany Hildebrandt at 15th in the same.
Fellow thrower Jesse Earle will be in both the disc — 10th — and shot put — 18th.
For jumpers, Papierski ranks 12th in the long jump, while Abbe Adams is tied among nine in the high jump to reach the five-foot minimum to reach state.
The state event is a return for many, with Atkin, Silva, Swindler and Papierski seeking to medal again in relays after last season, as well as Earle and Million, each of whom made it to the podium in 2018.
Athlete(s) — Qualifying mark, state seed
Victor Silva — 11.49, 18 (tie)
Jared Atkin — 15.19, 3
Jared Atkin — 40.59, 4
Kevin Hernandez/Cale Scranton/AJ Barber/Victor Silva — 45.32, 18
Logan Hafey/Jared Atkin/Cale Scranton/AJ Barber/Victor Silva — 1:33.66, 12
Wilson Eike/Jared Atkin/AJ Barber/Victor Silva — 3:34.13, 18
Jesse Earle — 143′ 5″, 10
Jesse Earle — 44′ 7″, 18
Stephenie Swindler — 12.84, 9
Emaleigh Papierski — 59.32, 7
Halle Hamilton — 59.45, 8
Emaleigh Papierski/Halle Hamilton/Stephenie Swindler/Emma Jones — 1:47.58, 5
Emaleigh Papierski/Halle Hamilton/Stephenie Swindler/Emma Jones
— 4:05.89, 4
Halle Hamilton/Stephenie Swindler/Kelsey McDiffett/Lydia Berkoff — 10:04.57, 7
Abbe Adams — 5′, 14 (tie)
Emaleigh Papierski — 16′ 8.5″, 12
Caylah Million — 116′ 9″, 6
Tiffany Hildebrandt — 110′, 15