Bulldogs girls place 3rd, boys 6th in track meet
Ice and snow haven't stopped members of the Moffat County High School track teams from establishing themselves as some of the state's best.
At Saturday's Panther Invitational in Rangely, Brian Ivy, Erin Urbanoski and Alicia Nelson improved on or came close to their state-qualifying performances of last year.
Ivy jumped two inches shorter than last year's best jump of 43 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump.
"I've felt pretty good this season in practice so far," he said. "I was a little surprised since we really haven't done much in practice but drills."
Urbanoski broke her own school record in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet.
No other long jumper leaped beyond 15 feet, 7 inches at the meet. Going into Saturday, the two-time defending long jump state champion was ranked third in Class 4A, but she returned to the top with the state's only 18 foot effort of the year.
Urbanoski also won the 100 and finished in the top six in the 200 in her day's work.
Nelson won both the mile and the 800 in times of 5 minutes, 14.06 seconds and 2:23.38, respectively. Her mile time is one of the best turned in across the state so far. Behind her was teammate Maddy Jourgenson, second in the mile (5:39.77) and third in the 800 (2:35.40).
Newcomer Mike Peters triple jumped 41'4.5" to finish second behind Ivy. He also long jumped into a top-six finish.
"It was a fun meet as a team," boys coach Lance Scranton said. "We are working hard to make the teams gel this year, and it was great to see them all watching the triple jump as a big group."
The girls finished third and the boys in sixth, of the 12 teams at the meet.
Other top finishers for the Bulldogs were: Myiah Bengston, second in the shot put (30'7.5") and a top-eight finish in the discus.
Shylar Hadley also placed in the shot put and the discus; the boys 3,200-meter relay team finished second, and the 400 relay was third. Pablo Salcido also had top-eight finishes in the 100 and 200 dashes.
"Our 400 relay team probably would have won with a good handoff," Scranton said.
Girls coach Todd Trapp was pleased with the performances despite poor weather leading into the meet.
"We haven't had much of a chance to work hard yet," he said. "But this is what happens every year here."
Trapp said the results were as expected from his veterans, but he also was looking forward to watching how several freshmen improve throughout the season.
"Adrie Camp and Sierra Arellano look like they could be strong contributors as freshmen," he said. "Hopefully, we can get some good weather to put in some good work with everybody soon."
Going into the week, the Bulldogs coaches planned on splitting up the teams to take some to Kremmling for a meet and the rest to Rangely. Weather kept the Bulldogs from Kremmling and a certified state-qualifying meet.
None of the results from Rangely count toward state qualifying because the meet didn't reach certain state standards.
Athletes have to post performances at state-sanctioned qualifying meets in order to qualify for state this year. All-in-all, it was a warm up for this weekend's meet in Grand Junction, which is state sanctioned.