'They really reached their potential'

Moffat County High School's Erin Urbanoski takes state title in long jump event

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Coming together and reaching their potential.

That's how Moffat County High School boys track and field coach Gary Tague summed up the Bulldogs' Saturday performance at the 4A state championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

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"I've scored a lot more points at state meets, but this year they really reached their potential," Tague said.

Sophomore Erin Urbanoski earned the state title in the long jump, and continued her record-setting ways, resetting the school record she already owned in the long jump.

Urbanoski's winning leap measured 17-7 3-4.

"I feel pretty good heading into the finals," Urbanoski said.

Urbanoski's state title helped pace the girls team to a 13th-place finish in 4A field, which had more than 40 teams. The Bulldogs scored 22 points.

Classmate Alicia Nelson improved her own school record in the 1,600-meter run en route to a third-place finish, completing the four laps in time of 5 minutes, 9.41 seconds.

"A pain is what that was," Nelson said afterward, sporting a large smile.

In addition to establishing a new school record, the teen climbed nine places from her 12th-place freshman performance.

Nelson also placed fifth in the 800 on Friday, running a 2:18.9.

"We thought she could run with those girls -- she just had to be aggressive, and that's what she was today," said Todd Trapp, MCHS girls track and field coach.

Bulldog boys

The Moffat County High School boys team placed 16th in the 4A division, scoring 20 points.

Junior J.T. Haddan, with a throw of 49-3, and senior Cory Pike, 47-2, earned third and ninth place, respectively, in the shot put.

Although state nerves may have contributed to Pike's PR of 47-10 1/2, it didn't dampen his mood.

"In practice you can relax a lot more, but this is a good way to finish my career," Pike said. "I could've done better, but overall I'm pretty happy with a top-10 finish."

The performances of Haddan and Pike earned the respect of coach Tague.

"I am just tickled pink that both of those guys did so great."

The 3,200 relay team of Tucker Bilodeau, Jeremy Bird, Mike McNicol and Jake Miller ran an 8:04.43, the fourth-fastest 4A time in the state.

The foursome entered the race with a seeded time of 8:10.86.

"Yeah, they definitely pushed us," Bilodeau said of the competition.

"I don't think one team here ran their seed time -- everyone went fast."

At the track

Girls:

Moffat County girls track team placed 13th, scoring 22 points

Erin Urbanoski earns state championship in the long jump

Alicia Nelson placed third in the 1,600-meter run

Urbanoski and Nelson reset their own school records in respective events

Boys:

Moffat County boys track team placed 16th, scoring 20 points

J.T. Haddan and Cory Pike (47-2) placed third and ninth, respectively, in the shot put

3,200 relay team places fourth

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