Moffat County High School freshman Maddy Jourgensen overtakes the competition April 26 at Moffat County High School. Jourgensen placed third Friday in the 1,600-meters, qualifying for the state championships beginning May 16 in Denver.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat County High School freshman Maddy Jourgensen overtakes the competition April 26 at Moffat County High School. Jourgensen placed third Friday in the 1,600-meters, qualifying for the state championships beginning May 16 in Denver.

Keeping pace

MCHS track team has strong showing in regional preliminaries

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Track results

Preliminary round results from 4A regionals

At Stocker Stadium, Grand Junction

* qualified for regional finals (today)

# qualified for state finals

Team scores (after preliminary round)

Girls

1. MCHS 37

Boys

4. MCHS n/a

Individual scores (after preliminary round)

Girls 100-meter dash

3. Erin Urbanoski* 13.03

6. Millie Blackstun* 13.81

Girls 200-meter dash

4. Kylie Bauman* 27.94

Girls 400-meter run

3. Angie Charchalis* 1:00.76

Girls 800-meter run

Today

Girls 1600-meter run

1. Alicia Nelson# 5:12.00

3. Maddy Jourgensen# 5:20.00

Girls 4x100-meter relay

Today

Girls 4x400-meter relay

Today

Girls 4x800-meter relay

1. MCHS# 9:50.00

Girls 800 sprint medley relay

Today

Girls long jump

Today

Girls triple jump

Today

Girls high jump

8. Lauren Roberts* 4-06.00

Girls shot put

1. Myiah Bengston# 33-05.00

Girls discus

Today

Boys 800-meter run

Today

Boys 1,600-meter run

Today

Boys 4x200-meter relay

Today

Boys 4x400-meter relay

Today

Boys 4x800-meter relay

4. MCHS 8:21.00

Boys long jump

4. Brian Ivy 19-09.00

Boys triple jump

Today

Boys shot put

Today

Boys discus

1. JT Haddan# 146-60

Maddy Jourgensen was supposed to be nervous.

A day before Friday's 4A track and field regional meet in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School freshman runner speculated that when she toed to the starting line she'd "probably feel like passing out."

Come race time, she didn't.

Jourgensen fought off the competition in the girls 1,600-meter run, placing third in 5 minutes 20 seconds, good enough to qualify for the state championships, which begin next Friday in Denver.

"Maddy had a great race," MCHS girls coach Todd Trapp said. "With 100 to go, she gave it everything. She beat her personal record by 7 seconds. That's incredible."

Junior Alicia Nelson continued her dominance in the event, winning in a time of 5:12.00, securing two state spots for Moffat County in the 1,600.

The two top-3 finishes helped propel the MCHS girls team to a first-day lead with 37 points. Entering Saturday's finals, the Bulldogs lead Eagle Valley by a point.

"We are sitting good for tomorrow," Trapp said. "The girls came out strong and picked up a few wins. We were shooting for a second-place finish, and we are looking good right now. (Saturday) will be tough though."

Erin Urbanoski and Millie Blackstun finished third and sixth, respectively, in the girls 100, earning spots in today's regional final.

Kylie Bauman advanced to today's final in the 200, as did Angie Charchalis in the 400.

The girls 4x800-meter relay team of Charchalis, Nelson, Jourgensen and Nike Cleverly placed first in 9:50, solidifying its already state-qualifying time achieved earlier in the season.

Myiah Bengston recorded a throw of 33 feet 5 inches in the shot put, earning first at regionals and advancing to state.

Lauren Roberts qualified for today's final in the high jump, recording a height of 4-06, good for eighth in prelims.

The boys team didn't fare as well as the girls.

JT Haddan won the discus with a throw of 146-60, but the senior already has qualified for state in the event.

He was the lone boy Friday to earn a state-qualifying time or place.

The boys 4x800-meter relay team finished fourth in 8:21.00.

Brian Ivy's goal of advancing in his two events - long jump and triple jump - was put on hold until next year.

Ivy's distance of 19-09 in the long jump earned him a fourth-place finish. He has a shot in the triple jump today.

The top three finishers in each event earn a spot in today's finals.

"I think it's a little disappointing for the guys," boys coach Gary Tague said. "We barely got beat in the 4x800 and a couple - 3 inches - and Brian makes it in the long jump. We are going to have to come out and get after it tomorrow."

Field events, relay races and final heats in the short distance runs resume today.

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