Track and field prepares for 4A state championships

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If this weekend's weather forecast for Denver is accurate, the Moffat County High School track and field team will enjoy temperatures in the mid-70s.

After scorching sunrays contributed to less than ideal results at the 4A Region 1 finals in Grand Junction last week, the Bulldogs might appreciate the dip in the mercury.

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MCHS will be represented by a total of 10 individuals and three relay squads.

Erin Urbanoski (100-meter dash and long jump), Alicia Nelson (1,600-meter run), Amber Suits (3,200) and Myiah Bengston (shot put) join the 800-sprint medley squad of Melissa Blackstun, Kylie Bauman, Urbanoski and Nelson to represent the MCHS girls.

"We've had a pretty relaxed week of practice," said Todd Trapp, MCHS coach. "There are so many less kids than during the regular season, and the intensity level has been a little higher since regionals."

Nelson edged a 10-year school record in the 1,600 last weekends in a time of 5 minutes, 43.32. Christina Moyer set the previous record of 5:43.43.

Urbanoski broke a long-standing school record in the long jump with a leap of 17-5 1/4 at the May 4 and 5 Tiger Invitational. Diana Carter set the previous mark of 17-4 in 1991.

The boys will be represented by six individuals and two relays -- Andrew Drake (200-meter dash), Jeremy Bird and Mike McNicol (800), Jake Miller (3,200), Brian Ivy (triple jump) and J.T. Haddan in the discus.

Ivy, a freshman, qualified with a third-place jump of 40-6, 2 feet farther than his first of the season.

"My goal at state is just not to be last," Ivy said. "I want to get 43 feet."

The 800-meter relay squad of Josh Classen, Colton Conrad, Sam Weeldreyer and Drake placed third at regionals, and the 3,200-meter squad of Tucker Bilodeau, Bird, McNicol and Miller came in second in Grand Junction.

Gary Tague, MCHS boys coach, said the kids have been relaxed and squirrelly in preparation for state.

"It's good to see them with so much energy," Tague said. "You know they will be relaxed and hopefully ready to go."

The team has spent this week of practice fine tuning its relay handoffs and mentally preparing for the last meet of the year.

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

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