If Monday was the last time Aaron Nielsen would compete at home, the MCHS senior said it was a good way to end his high school career.
Running and jumping Monday during the 2010 Clint Wells Invitational track and field meet at MCHS, Nielsen was able to snag ninth-place finishes in the long and high jumps, and a 10th-place finish in the 100-meter dash as both boys and girls teams were able to capture first-place finishes.
But, the lone home track and field meet of the season was bittersweet for Nielsen, he said.
“It’s kind of sad,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to play any sports after I graduate, so this was probably the last time I will ever compete at home.”
For junior Maddy Jourgen-
sen, the Clint Wells Invitational
was a perfect chance for her to tune up two weeks before the May 14 regional meet in Grand Junction.
The long-distance runner captured first place in the 800-meter run.
In the mile, Jourgensen finished first followed closely by freshman Sassy Murray and Eryn Leonard, who finished second and third, respectively.
“The long distance teams did really well,” she said. “We swept in the mile, and we were really close (to sweeping) in the 800.”
After months of traveling to Grand Junction to compete, being at home was a nice change, Jourgensen said.
“It’s nice because after the race is over, you just drive home,” she said. “You don’t have a two-hour bus ride ahead of you.”
Jourgensen’s time of 5:29.10 was just off her season best of 5:20, but her 800-meter run time of 2:24.90 was almost a full second better than her personal best.
With the end of the season looming, Jourgensen said she is eyeing the finish.
“I’m a little nervous because the Tiger (Invitational) is this weekend (in Grand Junction),” she said. “After that, the season goes by really fast.”
Lauren Roberts had a field day at home, so to speak.
The junior set a personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 32’7.5” and claimed first in the long- and high-jumps.
“I placed well in all of my events,” she said. “It’s always good to place first at home.”