Sophomore Maddy Jourgensen, pictured above with a baton, receives a hug from teammate Alicia Nelson during the 2008 high school track and field state championships. Nelson finished second Saturday in the 800-meter run, helping the Bulldogs to a 10th place team finish in the Delta Invitational.

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Sophomore Maddy Jourgensen, pictured above with a baton, receives a hug from teammate Alicia Nelson during the 2008 high school track and field state championships. Nelson finished second Saturday in the 800-meter run, helping the Bulldogs to a 10th place team finish in the Delta Invitational.

MCHS track team finishes 10th in Delta

Urbanoski, Nelson lead Bulldogs

MCHS track, field

Results from Delta Invite:

March 14, Delta High School

Combined team scores (Top 10 teams):

1. Sierra 193.25

2. Glenwood Springs 187

3. Eagle Valley 132

4. Grand Junction 118.5

5. Rifle 93.75

6. Delta 93

7. Cedaredge 71

8. Hotchkiss 65

9. Montrose 61

10. Moffat County 58.5

MCHS individual results (top three):

Girls 100-meter dash

1. Erin Urbanoski 12.95

Girls 800-meter run

2. Alicia Nelson 2:20.76

Girls 800-meter sprint medley relay

2. MCHS (Urbanoski, Camp, Roberts, Nelson) 1:55.04

Girls long jump

1. Erin Urbanoski 16-10.75

Boys long jump

T3. Mike Peters 19-1

In the first competitive meet of the 2009 season, the Moffat County High School track and field team used performances by defending state champions Erin Urbanoski and Alicia Nelson to finish 10th out of 24 teams that earned points Saturday in Delta.

"Overall as coaches, we were pretty impressed with how well they competed and how well they placed," coach Jen Pressgrove said.

Urbanoski, a senior, led the Bulldog charge, winning both of her individual events, the 100-meter dash and long jump.

The senior's time of 12.95 seconds in the 100 was 0.05 seconds ahead of the pack, and her leap of 16-feet, 10.75 inches in the pits gave the two-time defending state champion her second consecutive meet win in the event.

"Her 100 was exciting to see," Pressgrove said. "Last year, she didn't run that fast until regionals. And in long jump, she was just being typical Erin."

Urbanoski won the long jump event by more than a foot and a half.

Senior Alicia Nelson - the defending 4A girls cross country champion - returned to the track for the first time this season, finishing fourth in the 800-meter run.

Nelson's time of 2:20.76 was more than four seconds off the winning pace, but it also was more than 10 seconds faster than the event's third-place finisher.

"She's only had four days of practice," Pressgrove said. "She ran really well."

Urbanoski and Nelson teamed up with sophomore Lauren Roberts and freshman Adrie Camp to finish second in the 800-meter sprint medley relay.

"Alicia broke 60 seconds in the leg (the 400), and I don't think she's ever done that," Pressgrove said. "She was always right at 60, but she hadn't broken it before. And Adrie, as a freshman, ran really well.

"That relay actually did pretty well for their first meet."

Pressgrove said the team could be stronger this year because of a new crop of old athletes.

"It's been nice this year to have a lot of upperclassmen that hadn't done track, or had taken a couple years off, that are athletes," she said. "It's nice to have them out there. It's like we have a whole new team."

Mike Peters is one of the athletes Pressgrove was talking about.

Peters hadn't competed in track since his freshman year, but the senior is making an impact nevertheless.

Peters finished tied for third in boys long jump, recording a distance of 19 feet, 1 inch.

"That was his first ever time in long jump : and he did awesome," Pressgrove said.

The team has nearly two weeks off until it's next meet March 28 in Kremmling.

Notes: Sophomore Lauren Roberts competed in one event (the 800-meter sprint medley relay) because of a lingering quadriceps injury. : The boys 4x100 relay team of Peters, Pablo Salcido, Braeden Sullivan and Ian Forgay led their respective race until a botched hand-off sent Forgay falling to the track. : Despite the time off for spring break, Pressgrove said each athlete has been given a workout schedule by his or her respective coach to keep up with conditioning.

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