Moffat county high school junior Erin Urbanoski, right, races to the finish line in the girls 100-meter dash last month in the Clint Wells Invitational. Urbanoski qualified for the state championships in the 100 and is the defending girls 4A champion in long jump.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat county high school junior Erin Urbanoski, right, races to the finish line in the girls 100-meter dash last month in the Clint Wells Invitational. Urbanoski qualified for the state championships in the 100 and is the defending girls 4A champion in long jump.

'Now's the time to turn it on'

MCHS track team heads to state championships

MCHS track and field state representatives

Girls 100-meter dash

Erin Urbanoski

Girls 400-meter dash

Angie Charchalis

Girls 800-meter run

Alicia Nelson

Girls 1600-meter run

Alicia Nelson

Maddy Jourgensen

Girls 1,600-meter relay

Maddy Jourgensen, Kylie Bauman, Angie Charchalis and Alicia Nelson

Girls 3,200-meter relay

Maddy Jourgensen, Katy Nottingham, Alicia Nelson and Nike Cleverly

Girls 800-sprint medley relay

Millie Blackstun, Kylie Bauman, Erin Urbanoski and Angie Charchalis

Girls long jump

Erin Urbanoski

Girls shot put

Myiah Bengston

Girls discus

Myiah Bengston

Boys triple jump

Brian Ivy

Boys shot put

JT Haddan

Boys discus

JT Haddan

Past Event

MCHS track in Denver - state championships

  • Friday, May 16, 2008, 9 a.m.
  • (One-off place), Chicago, IL
  • Not available

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— Sideline coaching for the Moffat County High School track team is over.

So are the state qualifying times, the lack of nerves and the goal of winning its home meet.

The MCHS track team starts fresh Friday, when the 4A track and field state championships begin in Denver.

Girls coach Todd Trapp said this year's team is focused and ready to go.

"Our goal is to, obviously, win as many events as we can," he said. "After that, it's all about looking for personal records.

"Don't get me wrong, though, some of the team is trying to go for some individual goals."

Among those looking for an individual goal is senior Angie Charchalis.

Charchalis missed last year's track season but has returned to qualify for state in three events.

Charchalis is part of the 1,600-meter relay, the 800-sprint medley relay and the 400-meter dash. "I'm excited," Charchalis said. "I'm excited that I made it this far, considering I've never made it this far."

Charchalis said the relay team races are the most important to her.

"It means a lot being a senior," Charchalis said. "I know the team wants to do well, and I know we have a good chance" at winning state.

Junior Kylie Bauman is making her second trip to the state meet, and she said her goals are simple.

Bauman competes in the 1,600 relay and the 800-sprint medley relay.

"I want to at least place in my events," Bauman said. "We've worked hard to get where we are going, and I don't want to dissapoint. Myself or anybody."

The MCHS girls team is represented in 10 events. The boys team will compete in three.

"It's the normal amount of girls going" to state, Trapp said. "We have more events than usual, but the same number of girls. They worked really hard this year, and they really deserve the opportunity."

Junior Erin Urbanoski has an opportunity like no other on the MCHS track team.

Urbanoski is the defending girls long jump champion and also has qualified in the 100.

"The long jump I'm sure of," Urbanoski said. "It's the 100 that I'm nervous about. Once I run that first race, I'm sure all the nerves will go away. If I can win the long jump again and place in the 100, I'll be really happy."

Junior Alicia Nelson qualified in the 800 and the 1,600.

"I know Alicia is trying to win," Trap said. "She's right up there with the top girls in the state. If she runs her race, she has a good chance to bring home a state title."

Senior JT Haddan recorded the longest throws of the season in shot put, making him the favorite in the event. Haddan placed third last year.

"If JT keeps doing what JT does, then he shouldn't have a problem," boys coach Gary Tague said. "It's all up to him now to turn it on.

"The whole team, now's the time to turn it on."

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