Individual, relay teams off to state

The Moffat County High School track and field team qualified individual and relay teams for state competition during the weekend's 4A Region 1 championships in Grand Junction.

As a team, the MCHS boys finished third out of 10 with 106 points, and the girls were fourth with 80 points.

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"We're going to take 12 guys to state (including alternates), and that's a lot more than normal," said Gary Tague, MCHS boys track and field coach.

The top three individual and relay teams advance to the 4A state championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Denver.

Senior Andrew Drake and freshman Brian Ivy qualified individually, and the 800-meter and 3,200-meter relays also advanced.

Drake clocked a time of 23.52 seconds for second place in the 200-meter dash, and Ivy went 40 1/2 feet in the triple jump.

"If I have the faster guys with me they tend to push me, and it helps," Drake said after the 200. He improved his preliminary time from 23.61 Friday afternoon.

The 800-meter relay squad of Josh Classen, Colton Conrad, Sam Weeldreyer and Drake came in third place in a time of 1 minute, 31.83 seconds to represent the Bulldogs at state.

The 3,200-meter team of Tucker Bilodeau, Jeremy Bird, Mike McNicol and Jake Miller also advanced to state with a second-place time of 8:10.86.

Tague was impressed with the performances of Drake, Conrad, Ivy and senior Trenton Duarte and said they "stepped up."

"I was tickled with the way that Trenton placed seventh in the triple jump," Tague said. "This is his first time out as a senior, and he picked up a couple of points for us. He jumped two feet farther than his previous best with his leap of 39-7."

Leading the girls effort was two-time state qualifier Erin Urbanoski, the 800 sprint medley team and Alicia Nelson; Nelson advanced in her second event in as many days.

Girls coach Todd Trapp said he wants to get as many people to state as possible to gain the valuable experience.

"That's one thing we talked about Friday night is how young of a team we have, and how strong we feel we can be next year," Trapp said.

Urbanoski used a second-place finish in the 200 (12.74 seconds) and a third-place long jump of 17-1 to reach the next level.

"Overall, I feel pretty good," Urbanoski said. "I think I have a good chance of placing in all three at state."

She will join teammates Melissa Blackstun, Kylie Bauman and Nelson at state in the 800-medley relay.

The foursome finished third in 1:53.

One day after winning the 800, Nelson also won the 1,600 in a time of 5:13.32 on Saturday.

The 4A state competition takes place at Jefferson County Stadium in Denver.

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