The great eight

Girls track team qualifies for eight state events with eight girls

All Erin Urbanoski needed was one jump.

The Moffat County freshman jumped a personal best 17 feet, 1 inch on her second jump in the Class 4A Regional Track Meet on Saturday. In her other five jumps, she didn't travel farther than 16 feet. The one big jump was 13 inches farther than anybody else in the field.

"I didn't feel that great today," she said. "I knew I could go that far because I had jumped 17 but scratched before."

Urbanoski's win in the long jump came at a time when the Bulldog girls were still in the hunt for the team title. The team was 8.5 points behind first-place Eagle Valley.

But that was the closest they would get as Eagle Valley and Montezuma Cortez pulled away toward the end of the day in the team race.

"I don't know if we would have had a chance even if we had scored higher in some areas," coach Todd Trapp said. "Overall, though, I really thought our girls did a great job of performing when they needed to do that."

The morning started out better than Trapp imagined.

The 800-meter sprint medley team of senior Maggie Blackstun, sophomore Millie Blackstun, senior Anna Herring and sophomore Angie Charchalis won the first event of the morning. Herring has now gone to state all four years on a relay team, but this was the first time she was on a regional champion.

Then junior Kiera Moore ran a personal best in the 110 hurdles to finish fifth, and Urbanoski finished second in the 100.

Another big surge in points came for the Bulldogs when Urbanoski won the long jump and sophomore Markie Workman finished eighth in the event. At about the same time, Charchalis and freshman Alicia Nelson finished second and third in the 800. Both runners turned in personal bests in the event.

Eagle Valley's performance in the discus ended Moffat's momentum in the team race. The Devils had three girls place in the top eight to earn 18 team points in the event. Senior April Sanchez finished seventh in the event with a throw of 97 feet, 4 inches.

In all, the girls team qualified for eight state events and will be taking eight girls to Denver on the weekend.

Other top-eight finishes for the Bulldogs on Saturday were Herring, sixth in the 200; Urbanoski, seventh in 200; Moore, eighth in 300 hurdles; 400 relay team (Millie Blackstun, Maggie Blackstun, Urbanoski, Moore) fifth; 800 relay team (Millie Blackstun, Maggie Blackstun, Herring, Moore) sixth; 1,600 relay (Herring, Charchalis, Nelson and Jorgiea Raftopoulos) third; junior Amber Suits, fifth in 3,200; and senior Alyssa Macomber, seventh in 3,200.

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