Relay team shatters record


Stephanie Hurd, a junior, didn't mind admitting she and her teammates on the girls varsity 4x800-meter relay team were scared.

But after Friday, Hurd is hoping the fear has shifted to their opponents.

The foursome of Hurd, Emily Mortensen, a junior, Charlotte Steele, a sophomore, and Laurel Mortensen, a freshman, shattered the Class 4A state meet record on their way to a state title at the state track and field championships held at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

The relay time of 9:26:01 topped the meet mark of 9:43.053 set by Mullen in 1997.

"Before the race, we knew that we had a good chance to place in the top three," said Hurd. "We were just scared of the other teams in the competition."

To win, the team had to beat Dakota Ridge, which finished in second place with a time of 9:28.33, and Mullen, which finished third with a time of 9:45.81.

"I had a personal record and so did Laurel Mortensen and Emily Mortensen," said Hurd. "Charlotte also ran a good race."

"I knew they could do it," said girls coach Mike Gleason. "It was just a matter of putting everything together at the right time."

What makes the win more special, in Hurd's eye, is that all four girls will be back next year.

"It is exciting to know that all four of us will be back next year," she said.

Taking second place for the team was the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Hurd, Emily Mortensen, Laurel Mortensen and Steele, who finished with a time of 3:59.00. Mullen came in first with a time of 4:05.00

"Mullen was a tough team," said Hurd, who also finished eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.39. "We ran a good race we just couldn't get up with them."

As a team, Moffat County finished fourth with 46 points. Mullen finished first with 99.5 points; Sierra was second with 62 points; and Harrison was third with 61 points.

"The girls ran faster times this year than last year," said Gleason, who's team finished in fifth place a year ago.

"The competition was tougher this year than last. We wanted to beat Palisade and we did.

Mullen should be a Class 5A school and Sierra has a lot of girls that are sprinters."

Other team members, who placed were:

Heather Urbanoski, a junior, finished in third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12:35 and sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.43

Jill Adamek, a junior, finished in eighth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12:64 and ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27:03

Laurel Mortensen finished in sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 60:65

Emily Mortensen finished in fourth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.65.

"We are excited about next year," said Gleason. "We get to have everybody back that went to the state meet.

Hopefully, next year, we will get some eighth-graders that can step in right away and help us out."

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