Moffat girls win Clint Wells title
The Moffat County girls track team’s depth in the 800 was never more evident than Saturday on its home track at the Clint Wells Invitational.
The 3,200-meter relay team of freshmen Angie Charchalis and Jeacey Robinson and seniors Angela Nelson and Emily Sperl practically walked away with a 30-second victory.
Later in the afternoon, the Bulldogs took spots one through four in the open 800 with Charchalis winning, Nelson in second, freshman Jorgiea Raftopoulos in third and junior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos in fourth.
Those performances helped the Bulldogs earn the meet title with 103 points. Steamboat was second with 81 and Rifle was third with 77.
“It’s amazing to watch our 800 girls,” coach Vicki Haddan said.
The Bulldogs had two other first-place finishes for the day. Senior Emily Sperl won the 1,600 and senior Brittani Weber stole the show in shot put.
Weber stayed in the 34-foot range this week and won by more than a foot.
“When I don’t have competition I tend to do just enough to win,” she said. “The wet weather also kept me from pushing too much, because I was afraid to hurt myself.”
It was Sperl’s first 1,600 in four meets. “I was looking forward to it, because I had been working hard in practice and I wanted to see how much I had improved,” she said. “I felt good, but I wanted to run a 5:35.” She won in 5:44.54.
Sperl finished seven seconds in front of teammate and second-place runner, senior Amelia Parker. Parker and senior junior Anna Herring added second place finishes in the 3,200 and 200 respectively.
“Anna tends to get stronger late in the season,” Haddan said. “It’s exciting to watch as she gets better.”
Herring also ran anchor for the third-place 800-sprint medley team including Jorgiea Raftopoulos, sophomore Kiera Moore and freshman Cassie Rogers.
Moore continues to improve in the 100 hurdles. She ran a personal best of 17.56 for a fifth-place finish in the finals.
Freshman Markie Workman carried the Bulldogs in the field with two top-eight finishes. She was sixth in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump.
Other placers for the ladies were: junior Alyssa Macomber sixth in the 3,200; Robinson seventh in the 1,600; junior April Sanchez eighth in the discus; freshman Kari Griffin eighth in the triple jump.
“I was proud of our team because everyone was competing despite the weather,” Haddan said. “We had several improvements and nothing dropped off significantly in the weather.”
The Bulldogs will finish out the regular season with the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.
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