It only took her two years, and now she's at the top.
Moffat County High School sophomore Erin Urbanoski jumped 17 feet, 7 3/4 inches Saturday at the 4A State Track and Field Championships, taking first place in the long jump and breaking her own school record.
Urbanoski said winning was her goal, but she wasn't sure what kind of competition she would be up against.
"It was fun, but it took awhile for it to actually set in," she said.
Urbanoski comes from a family of track stars and constantly gets support and tips from her sisters.
"She's got a lot of natural ability," her high school jump coach Ken Olinger said. "The biggest credit goes to her parents. They push her to do well in track. That's what it takes sometimes."
Urbanoski said both of her sisters were track athletes.
"They were giving me pointers and supporting me," she said.
Last year, Urbanoski finished first in regional competition, qualifying for state, but wasn't able to compete due to injury.
This year, she took third in the regional competition, something, her coach said, made her hungrier for the state title.
"Knowing what other people can do makes you really give your best," she said.
In the fifth grade, she started getting her feet in the sand, competing with a USA Track and Field team in Colorado Springs.
She moved on to compete with the Craig Middle School. Now, she's on top of the charts at MCHS. Next, maybe college.
"She's got a lot of room to grow, too," Olinger said.
Next year, she strives to jump 18 feet -- and defend her state title.
"My sister ran for CSU -- now it's my turn," she said. "That's the goal at least."
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