Craig It took a couple of seconds, but after some thought, Moffat County High School senior Alicia Nelson figured out an answer.
"I don't think I've ever placed that low at a track meet," she said. "In cross country yes, but I'm pretty sure never in track."
Nelson finished sixth in the 1,600 meter race at the Runners Roost Invite at Mullen High School in Denver on Saturday. But the worst finish she's had in a meet that wasn't called "state" wasn't all bad.
"We went out really fast the first lap, and it made it tough for me to stick up front," she said. "But having the competition was awesome, and I wish we'd do this more often."
Even finishing sixth, Nelson broke the school record with a time of 5 mintues, 8.3 seconds.
"We're definitely ahead of where we were last year," girls head coach Todd Trapp said. "There were a couple of 4A girls ahead of Alicia, but she raced tough and it gives her something to look forward to for state."
And that is exactly what she's doing.
"I'm just getting into my training at this point," Nelson said. "I think it will catch up when state time comes."
Nelson and teammates Erin Urbanoski, Maddy Jourgensen, Brian Ivy and Mikey Peters made the trip over the mountains to compete at one of the most competitive meets in Colorado. To be able to compete, athletes had to make pre-set standards and there were more than 90 teams represented.
"We wanted to give the kids who were in the hunt for a state qualifying bid a chance to check out the competition," Trapp said. "It was good for them to see where they are at."
Nelson, Urbanoski and Ivy are all in the top three of Class 4A in the 1,600, long jump and triple jump, respectively.
Nelson's second race of the meet was the 800, and she finished fourth with a season's best 2:19.70.
Urbanoski missed winning the long jump by an inch, with a jump of 17 feet, 11 inches. She also finished third in a windy 100 with a time of 13.14 seconds.
Ivy jumped 42 feet, 11 inches in the triple jump for third place and 20 feet, 2.25 inches in the long jump for fifth place overall.
Peters placed seventh in his heat in the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches) and seventh overall in the triple jump (41 feet, 6 inches).
Jourgensen continued to improve in her sophomore season. She ran 5:23.06, just three seconds off her best time last year and good for 12th place. She finished fifth in her heat in the 800 with a 2:31.08.
Other track teams compete Friday
The rest of the Bulldog track teams competed in the Wertman Invitational hosted by Fruita-Monument in Grand Junction or at the Coal Ridge Invitational Meet in Silt on Friday.
Boys head coach Lance Scranton said highlights from the Fruita meet included a first-place finish and personal best in the 3,200 for Katy Nottingham. Senior Myiah Bengston was third in the shot put and was second in the discus with throws of 31 feet, 2.25 inches and 93 feet, 10 inches, respectively. Lindsey Yoast and Jessica Asselin also placed in the throws for the Bulldogs with Yoast finishing fourth in the discus and Asselin sixth in the shot.
"There were a lot of PRs for both of our teams," Scranton said.
Another busload of athletes competed against varsity teams in Silt at the Coal Ridge Invitational. Lyle Schaffner finished third in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 8 inches for the lone top-three finish at the meet.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Hayden Invitational in Craig on Thursday or the Rifle Invitational on Saturday.