Getting a running start

Track and field kicks off postseason at regional competition in Grand Junction

The Moffat County High School track and field team finally got a good week of weather as they prepared for the 4A Western Slope regional competition.

The two-day event takes place today and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

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The top three individual and relay team finishers automatically qualify for the 4A state championships in Denver May 18 and 19.

"This is the time for good results," said Todd Trapp, MCHS girls track and field coach.

"All of the girls are ready to go. We've worked hard but have begun to taper."

Sophomores Erin Urban-oski, Alicia Nelson, Kylie Bauman and Myiah Bengston look to carry their success into the postseason.

Bengston currently is seeded in the top three in the league for both shot put and discus.

Urbanoski, Nelson and Bauman make up three-fourths of the 800-meter sprint medley relay squad.

In the long jump, Urbanoski is fresh off a school record distance of 17 feet, 5 inches. Trapp said the teen is hoping to exceed 18 feet before the season is done.

"Our ultimate goal is to qualify as many people as possible for state," Trapp said.

Gary Tague, 2006 Colorado High School Activities As-sociation boys coach of the year, already was in Grand Junction to prepare for the meet, and was unavailable for comment.

The boys team is led by upperclassmen.

Runners Jeremy Bird (relays and sprints), Sam Weeldreyer (relays), Andrew Drake (spr-ints) and Cory Pike (shot put and discus) all are healthy heading into the regional competition.

Junior Josh Classen, a member of multiple relay teams, has caught Trapp's attention for his improvement since last year.

"He was a relatively un-known at the beginning of the year," Trapp said. "He spent a lot of time last winter training for cross country, and I think that work has really paid off for us.

"He has come a long way from where he was at the beginning of the season."

Pike and junior J.T. Haddan have been consistent team leaders in the shot put and discus all season.

"Those two have really been throwing well and we look for big things from them," Trapp said.

Running and field events begin at 9 a.m. today, and are scheduled to conclude with team awards at 4:25 p.m. Saturday.

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

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