Usual suspects step up at Tiger Invitational

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It was only a matter time before Erin Urbanoski regained the top spot in Class 4A in the long jump.

At least that's what she thought.

"I had some close to 19 feet and most of my scratches were in the 18" foot range, the Moffat County High School senior said. "It felt good to get into the 18s with those other girls."

Urbanoski jumped a season's best 18'4" on her second jump at Saturday's Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

The jump came early in the morning when a strong headwind was blowing into her approach. The wind wasn't as bad as the rain that came during finals of the long jump, she said.

"After the rain came, it all went down hill," she said.

Urbanoski was the only Bulldog, boy or girl, to win an event at the competitive 20-team meet.

The jump allowed Urbanoski to return to the lead in the 4A girls long jump by one inch. Wheat Ridge's Annie Kunz, who had jumped 18'3", was at the meet, but didn't compete in the long jump.

If it wasn't for a stumble near the finish line, Urbanoski would have picked up two wins at the Tiger.

After blazing to a season-best 12.67 in the prelims of the 100-meter dash Friday night, she led after the first 80 meters in the finals. A misstep slowed her enough to allow Grand Junction's Breanna Jones to get to the tape first.

"I thought she had a better start in the finals race," head coach Todd Trapp said. "But her time in the prelims puts her in fourth in the state, and I think she's got more."

Like Urbanoski, junior Brian Ivy had his best jump of the day before the rains came Saturday. Ivy jumped 44 feet in the triple jump on his first jump, and although he didn't improve, he held on to second place at the meet. Ivy also finished seventh in the long jump.

Ivy hasn't been able to get back to his early-season lengths, but Trapp said he hopes fresh legs next week will allow for a return to new season bests.

"We will go pretty easy next week and do quicker stuff," he said. "We will try to get their legs fresh like at the beginning of the season."

Sophomore Maddy Jourgensen is starting to make a name as the next great Moffat County girls distance runner. Jourgensen ran three events for the weekend with the 3,200 on Friday and the 1,600 and 800 on Saturday and placed in the top six in each one.

The 3,200 had 27 runners, and Jourgensen stayed toward the front the entire race and finished fourth with a 20-second improvement in 11 minutes, 42.66 seconds. The time puts her at 10th in the state and solidifies a trip to state for the sophomore.

A slow early pace kept Jourgensen from an improvement in the 1,600, but she finished sixth and is currently 13th in the state in the event. She finished off the day with a gutsy, season best in the 800 with a 2:28.76 and third-place finish.

Senior Myiah Bengston threw a three-foot personal record in the discus (106'2"), finished seventh and put herself on the bubble to qualify for state. She currently sits 18th, the last qualifying spot. She also finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 32'11".

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