LAKEWOOD -- The tradition continues.
Going into the 2006 Colorado State Track Meet, the Moffat County girls track team had a 3,200-meter relay team that placed in 14 of the 15 meets. The team of freshman Alicia Nelson and sophomores Jeacey Robinson, Angie Charchalis and Jorgiea Raftopoulos made it 15 of 16 years with a seventh-place finish on Friday.
"We've always been able to put together a strong team," coach Todd Trapp said. "With a freshman and three sophomores on this year's team, it's looking like we'll be able to continue that tradition."
There were three aspects of the Bulldogs' race that kept the team in the top nine: Nelson's lead-off leg put the team in fourth place; Robinson ran a four-second personal best; Charchalis ran down three competitors in the last lap.
The team ran a five-second seasonal best of 10 minutes, 3.21 seconds.
"Jeacey's workouts have shown that she can be an 800 runner," Trapp said. "She really competed today and kept us in it."
Robinson was happy that she could have her best race when it mattered.
"I really wanted to run well for my team at state," she said. "The race helps my confidence for next year because I now know I can do it."
Charchalis and Raftopoulos are two-time state placers in the event. Last year, they were a part of the third-place team.
"We weren't sure if we were good enough to place," Charchalis said. "We all picked it up to be able to do it."
Trapp was proud of how the relay team came out when they weren't sure what they could do.
"It was a great result for those girls, considering what they were thinking they could do," he said.
There was more good news on Friday for the Bulldog girls 3,200 tradition. The Class 4A state record, which belongs to the 2000 Moffat team, survived one more year by two seconds. The Bulldogs' time was 9:26.01, and Thompson Valley ran a 9:28.94 to win this year.
Glenwood Springs, the West--ern Slope regional champions finished fourth, in the event with a time of 9:47.09.
Nelson had a long day in her first state meet.
Affter leading off the 3,200 relay and finishing in third, she raced to a 12th-place finish in the 1,600. "She didn't really know what to expect (in the 1,600)," Trapp said. "She went out a little fast, but it was a good experience for her as a freshman."
She finished the day with a leg on the 1,600 relay team.
"Everything's so much faster at state," she said. "It was a long day, but I'm used to running in multiple events."
Relays finish Friday
The 800-sprint medley and the 1,600 relay teams finished their seasons in the preliminary rounds. The sprint medley team of senior Maggie Blackstun, sophomore Millie Blackstun, junior Kiera Moore and senior Anna Herring finished 17th with a time of 1:58.44.
The 1,600-relay team of Charchalis, Nelson, Herring and Raftopoulos finished 16th with a time of 4:18.95.
Today the Bulldogs will finish the season with Char--chalis and Nelson running in the open 800.