Girls team wins track meet

Two Bulldogs girls track team runners and a relay team qualified for the state track meet with their top-10 finishes Saturday at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

Freshman Sheila McNicol ran to a fifth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (12:26) and sophomore Beth White placed seventh in the 3,200-meter run (12:27).

The 800-meter medley relay team of sophomore April Tague, freshman Laurel Mortensen, freshman Kate Schafer and sophomore Charlotte Steele finished in third place with a time of 2:00.47.

The varsity runners' state-qualifying times helped the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity girls track team win the meet over 28 other teams. The state meet is slated for May 19-20 in Denver.

"I was pretty lucky qualifying for state," said McNicol. "I was pretty scared because in the seventh lap I was behind time and then I made it up in the eighth lap. I dropped 20 seconds from last Saturday and so it was a pretty big step for me."

In the team standings, the Bulldogs finished ahead of the pack with 64 points. Hotchkiss was second with 59.5 points and Fruita Monument third with 56.5 points. Alamosa came in fourth place with 43.5 points and Palisade with fifth with 32 points.

"We really ran well in the meet," said girls coach Mike Gleason. "They really ran some great times. This meet really showed that we have a strong team."

Junior sprinter Heather Urbanoski finished in first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.11 and was on the 4x200-meter relay team that finished in first place with a time of 1:51.02. Other members of the relay team were Schafer, Mortensen and junior Jill Adamek.

The 4x800-meter relay team of junior Stephanie Hurd, Steele, Laurel Mortensen and Emily Mortensen captured the top spot with a time of 9:53.90 to round out the top finishers for the girls team.

The boys team finished in fifth place with a team score of 35 points.

Fruita Monument came in first place with 80 points. Alamosa was second with 55 points.

Hotchkiss was third at 52 points and Brighton came in fourth place with 50 points.

"I was pleased with the way we did on Saturday," said boys coach Gary Tague. "It was great competition and it was just a good day."

Senior Kelly Christensen finished in second place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:32.15 to lead the way and senior Ben Kramer was third in the triple jump with a leap of 40-feet, 1-inch. The 4x200-meter relay team of junior Nathan Browning, senior Tim Kramer, Ben Kramer and junior Chad Hettinger finished in second place with a time of 1:35.51.

"I think that everybody had a really good meet," said Ben Kramer. "All of our relay teams did really good and it was a good job overall by the whole team."

The Bulldogs track teams will next be in action at the North Park Invitational at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the high school track.

"We will use are younger kids and maybe some inexperienced older kids," said Tague. "Everything is finals and there are about eight teams that will show up."

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