Track and field finishes in top 10 at Palisade

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Led by a state-qualifying performance, the Moffat County High School girls track and field team finished seventh out of 28 teams Saturday at the Palisade Invitational.

The boys team came in fourth overall and first among Western Slope teams.

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Girls coach Todd Trapp said sophomore Erin Urbanoski pre-qualified for state, meaning she does not have to qualify again at regionals.

Urbanoski topped all long jumpers with a leap of 16 feet, 10.25, and was third in the 100 with a time of 13.21.

Boys coach Gary Tague said some of the kids were a little disappointed with their results.

"I tell the kids be happy, but never satisfied," Tague said.

The 3,200-meter boys relay team of Mike McNicol, Jake Miller, Paul Nelson and Jeremy Bird placed first in 8 minutes, 14.35 seconds.

Jake Miller ran a 10:11.56 in the 3,200 for second place.

McNicol placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:03.44.

Bird came in fourth in the 1,600 in 3:35.1.

The 400-relay team of Brian Ivy, Colton Conrad, Drew Turner and Andrew Drake placed sixth in 46.23.

"We beat all the 4A teams, and I am pretty happy about that," Tague said. "One of the best surprises was Paul Nelson's improvement in the 3,200 relay. He probably took four or five seconds off. I was really tickled."

In the 800 relay, Josh Classen, Conrad, Tucker Bilodeau and Drake came in seventh in a time of 1:35.16.

The 1,600-relay team of McNicol, Classen, Bilodeau and Bird came in fifth in 3:36.1.

In field events, Ivy placed sixth in the triple jump with 39 feet, 10.75 inches.

Cory Pike (fifth place, 44 feet, 11.5 inches) edged out teammate J.T. Haddan by half an inch. Haddan finished sixth.

In girls action, Trapp said the squad has some kids who are beginning to get healthy.

"We're doing alright," Trapp said. "You can be happy with a seventh-place finish, but not satisfied."

Alicia Nelson came in second in the 1,600 in 5:26.63.

"She is about one month ahead of where she was last year," Trapp said of Nelson.

The 400-relay team of Kylie Bauman, Tara Montoya, Melissa Blackstun and Urbanoski came in fourth in 52.50.

In the 3,200 relay, Nelson, Katy Nottingham, Katie Knez and Jeacey Robinson teamed up to place fourth in 10:28.31

Amber Suits came in sixth in the 3,200 in 12:57.93.

MCHS heads to Fruita Monument to compete at 3 p.m. Friday.

Drew Turner can be contacted at 824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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