Moffat County track leads Western Slope League in multiple events after Phil Wertman Invite |

Moffat County track leads Western Slope League in multiple events after Phil Wertman Invite

Moffat County High School's Wilson Eike, left, accepts a relay baton from AJ Barber during the 2018 Clint Wells Invitational. MCHS track took multiple season-best results during the Phil Wertman Invite.

Moffat County High School track and field results from Phil Wertman Twilight Invitational


Athlete(s) — Time/Distance, Place

100-meter dash

Victor Silva — 11.67, 6

Kevin Hernandez — 12.03, 17

110-meter hurdles

Jared Atkin — 15.55, 2

200-meter dash

Victor Silva — 24.33, 4

Kevin Hernandez — 25.31, 13

300-meter hurdles

Jared Atkin — 41.63, 1

400-meter dash

AJ Barber — 53.41, 2*

800-meter run

Wilson Eike — 2:10.51, 8*

Coltyn Terry — 2:23.23, 22

1,600-meter run

Carter Severson — 5:14.33, 18

Carter Behrman — 5:25.29, 23

3,200-meter run

Coltyn Terry — 11:03.95, 15*

4×100-meter relay

Jared Atkin/Kevin Hernandez/Cale Scranton/Victor Silva — 45.32, 3*

4×200-meter relay

AJ Barber/Jared Atkin/Logan Hafey/Victor Silva — 1:34.21, 2*

4×400-meter relay

AJ Barber/Wilson Eike/Carter Severson/Logan Hafey — 3:45.27, 4


Jesse Earle — 127' 3", 3

Corey Scranton — 108' 11″, 16

Shot Put

Jesse Earle — 37' 9″, 9

Angel Rodriguez — 33′ 4″, 18

Long Jump

Kevin Hernandez — 19′ 4.75″, 4

Connor Etzler — 17′ 0.25”, 14

Triple Jump

Cale Scranton — 33′ 3.75”, 19

— The team placed fifth overall. * indicates team season best. 


100-meter dash

Stephenie Swindler — 13.43, 6

100-meter hurdles

Alayna Behrman — 18.17, 7*

Rylie Felten — 20.67, 20

200-meter dash

Halle Hamilton — 27.16, 2

Emaleigh Papierski — 27.32, 3

Stephenie Swindler — 27.41, 7

300-meter hurdles

Rylie Felten — 57.78, 14

400-meter dash

Halle Hamilton — 1:00.55, 2*

Emaleigh Papierski — 1:00.69, 3

Hannah Vasquez — 1:10.93, 18

800-meter run

Sara Beason — 2:50.70, 14

1,600-meter run

Kelsey McDiffett — 5:42.94, 3*

3,200-meter run

Liberty Hippely — 12:40, 5*

Lydia Berkoff — 13:10.31, 8

Tate Severson — 15:31.76, 15

4×100-meter relay

Alayna Behrman/Hannah Vasquez/Eliana Mack/Rylie Felten — 56.75, 7

4×200-meter relay

Stephenie Swindler/Halle Hamilton/Emma Jones/Emaleigh Papierski — 1:49.82, 2*

4×400-meter relay

Halle Hamilton/Alayna Behrman/Kelsey McDiffett/Emma Jones — 4:23.25, 3


Caylah Million — 105' 5", 4*

Tiffany Hildebrandt — 100′ 3″, 5

Shot Put

Caylah Million — 30′ 4″, 6*

Tiffany Hildebrandt — 27′ 1″, 13

High Jump

Abbe Adams — 4′ 10″, 2

Emma Jones — 4′ 8″, 5

Hannah Vasquez — 4′ 4″, 14

Long Jump

Stephenie Swindler — 14′ 10.5, 4

Emaleigh Papierski — 14′ 10.2.5″, 5

Triple Jump

Alayna Behrman — 32′ 5.25″, 5

Eliana Mack — 28′ 6.5″, 9

— The team placed third overall.

As they keep building in each discipline, the athletes of Moffat County High School track and field are already hitting their stride with some of the lowest times and greatest distances in the 3A Western Slope League.

MCHS girls took third and boys fifth during Friday’s Phil Wertman Twilight Invitational hosted by Fruita Monument at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. And, though the late afternoon meet went well into the evening, things were bright for Bulldogs.

A win came for Jared Atkin in the 300-meter hurdles at his best time of the season at 41.63 seconds. And, though he earned runner-up to his rival, Grand Junction’s Colin Morrison in the 110 race, his 15.55 was not only his best finish this year, but his best ever.

Both times put Atkin at the top of the 3A WSL rankings in the hurdles.

As part of a dozen season-best times Friday, the 4×200 relay team of AJ Barber, Atkin, Logan Hafey and Victor Silva also gained the silver at the meet with a 1:34.21, yet the time puts them as the fastest in the conference.

Barber also set the team’s best for this year in the 400 dash (53.41), less than one second behind league leader Braydon O’Neill of Gunnison, who won the day with Barber hot on his heels.

Silva gained fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 dash events, while Bulldog boys relays went third in the 4×100 (Atkin, Kevin Hernandez, Cale Scranton, Silva) and fourth in the 4×400 (Barber, Eike, Carter Severson, Hafey).

Eike also set a season best in the 800 run (2:10.51) to place eighth, while Coltyn Terry set the season mark for the 3,200 at 11:03.95.

In the field Friday, Hernandez was fourth (19′ 4.75″) in the long jump, while discus thrower Jesse Earle took bronze at 127′ 3″.

Earle has been the top competitor in the league for the past month, still getting back to the 134 feet, 5 inches he hit in Rifle.

Also currently topping the conference is Sean Byers in the high jump at 5′ 10″, though he didn’t compete at Phil Wertman.

On the girls side, Halle Hamilton placed second in the 400 to set a new season best for the team and represent MoCo in the league rankings, timed at 1:00.55 in the quarter-mile dash.

Though individual events for 3A WSL girls schools include Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Basalt, Lady Bulldogs dominate the relay rankings, more so after Friday.

Stephenie Swindler, Hamilton, Emma Jones and Emaleigh Papierski clocked in at 1:49.82 in the 4×2 to rank second for the day Friday but first among the conference. MCHS girls also are the ones to beat in the 4×4 and 4×8 after their showings at the Mickey Dunn Invite and Frank Woodburn Invite, respectively.

Though Bulldogs didn’t field any two-mile relays, Hamilton, Alayna Behrman, Kelsey McDiffett and Jones hit 4:23.25 for third Friday, with Behrman and McDiffett each gaining the team’s best times for the year in the 100 hurdles and 1,600 run, Behrman placing seventh and McDiffett in third.

Liberty Hippely also gained a season best in the 3,200, placing fifth.

Though not hitting her best yet, Hamilton was runner-up in the 200 dash, as was Abbe Adams in the high jump, with her 4′ 10″ Friday only a couple inches off from the five-foot mark she set earlier in the month, putting her at the best vaulter in the league.

Swindler led the day in the 100 and long jump — sixth and fourth — while Behrman was fifth in the triple jump.

However, the best results for Moffat girls in the field came for Caylah Million, who set new season bests in both the discus and shot put at fourth and sixth.

Million now leads the 3A Western Slope in the discus at 105′ 5″ as she keeps building to the 109′ 8″ that got her to state last season.

MCHS track and field head to the Coal Ridge Invite this weekend, the program’s final road event before the home meet, the Clint Wells Invite April 26.