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Moffat County’s Ary Shaffer to run for Oregon college

Recent graduate will compete in track at George Fox University

After four years of running for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School, Ary Shaffer is ready for a new challenge and a new location., Ary Shaffer is ready for a new challenge and a new location.

Moffat County High School, Ary Shaffer is ready for a new challenge and a new location.

The newly graduated MCHS student will be starting off her college career on the right foot, competing in track and field for George Fox University, of Newberg, Oregon.

George Fox is an NCAA Division III school with a Christian emphasis and one that she said fits her like a comfy pair of running shoes.

“I think I’m ready for a different climate, rain instead of snow,” she laughed.

Ary ran both track and cross country for Moffat County but will be scaling back from the long-distance events as a member of the Bruins.

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"They'll be using me more for speed stuff, under 800 (meters), that's for sure," she said. "They say if you do cross country, you get a little slower and can't build your speed back up, which is noticeable."

In addition to taking the Four-Year Scholar Award earlier this year, the high-achieving harrier placed fourth in the 3A Region 1 race for cross country — adding to a fourth consecutive team victory — and served as one-quarter of two state champion relay teams in the past two seasons, most recently winning the 4×100-meter relay with Emma Samuelson and sisters Quinn and Kayla Pinnt.

In addition to doing the long jump, she was also part of the second-place 4×800 group, along with her half-sister, Madysen Cramer, and Allie Dilldine and Mattie Jo Duzik.

Ary plans to pursue a career in athletic training.

"A lot of the athletes there are already in athletic training, and they get some credits for that," she said. "It's really awesome that'll all go together."

She added that she wants to thank all the coaches and teachers who helped her along the way, particularly Todd Trapp, who guided her as the head of both the track and cross country programs at MCHS.

"He's been there for both sports, and I'm going to miss that coaching," she said. "I'll have to remember not to text him before all my races."

Though George Fox is about a 17-hour drive, the young athlete isn't too worried about being homesick. The parents of her stepmother, Amy, a 2000 summer Olympics rower, live in Oregon, making visits from her parents and younger sisters easier.

Ary's dad, Daniel, is looking forward to the summer ahead but not so much the moment they part ways.

"It's going to be hard to let her go," he said.

Moffat County Athletic Director Mike Mitchell echoed the sentiment, adding that big things are in store for the former Bulldog.

"She will light the world on fire, she's got everything going for her and definitely has a bright future," Mitchell said.

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