MCHS senior takes first in 400-meter dash

Top individual results from the Moffat County High School varsity track and field team’s April 22 meet at Ralph Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction:

(Name — event — place — time/mark)

• Tyler Brost — 400-meter dash — 1 — 53.17

• Alfredo Lebron — 3,200-meter run — 1 — 9:35.48

• Maddy Jourgensen — 3,200-meter run — 1 — 11:45.79

• Chet Harvey — triple jump — 1 — 40’11.75”

• Chet Harvey — high jump — T3 — 5’8”

• Ryder Seeley — 110-meter hurdles — 3 — 16.52

• Eryn Leonard — 3,200-meter run — 3 — 12:41.13

• Garrett Spears — shot put — 3 — 45’0.75”

• Johnny Landa — 3,200-meter run — 4 — 10:25.40

• Moffat County — boys four-by-400-meter relay — 4 — 3:35.01

• Casey Martin — discus — 4 — 125’11.00”

• Lauren Roberts — high jump — T4 — 4’8”

• Lauren Roberts — triple jump — 4 — 33’1.50”

• Erik Silva-Tarango — 400-meter run — 5 — 54.67

• Miguel Molina — 800-meter run — 5 — 2:05.39

• Dale Nakai — 3,200-meter run — 5 — 10:38.13

— The boys team took fifth and the girls team took seventh out of eight teams.

Tyler Brost ran from his starting position and around the first curve of the track April 22 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Brost, a Moffat County High School senior, said he pushed himself about 85 to 90 percent for the first 200 meters.

But, in the final half of the 400-meter dash, Brost gave it his all and left everyone behind him en route to his first-place finish in any event this season.

“I was really excited,” he said. “I started a little slow, but I picked it up toward the end and finished strong. It was the first time I took first in an event this year and it felt good.”

This is Brost’s first year competing on the MCHS varsity track and field team.

The senior transferred to MCHS last year from Chaparral High School in Parker. Due to Colorado High School Activities Association guidelines, he was ineligible to compete on the varsity squad and had to run in junior varsity meets.

Brost’s coach, David Pressgrove, said running on the JV team hurt Brost’s focus.

“It was a hard season for Tyler last year,” Pressgrove said. “Because he couldn’t compete on varsity, I think he wasn’t motivated. This year, for the most part, he is motivated and has been the leader of the mid-distance group by leading by example.”

While the 400-meter dash is considered middle distance, it is almost a full-out sprint around the entire track, Brost said.

He has been running the 400-meter dash for six years and said experience helps him pace himself right.

“For people who don’t know how to run it, it can be one of the toughest events,” he said. “I think I know how to run it pretty well, and now it is pretty easy and fun.”

Pressgrove said Brost’s experience makes him one of the best 400-meter dash runners in the Western Slope League.

“Tyler has a pretty good idea of how to pace himself while a lot of runners in high school don’t,” he said. “He is definitely learning and is persistent and he ran a good, smart race on Friday.”

Brost and Pressgrove both said as the season winds down, they want his time to get even lower.

“We hope to get him running in the low 50s, about 51 seconds,” Pressgrove said. “He is starting to peak and we want him to get up there with the best runners in the state.”

“My goal is to place in state,” Brost said.

Brost received help from fellow senior Chet Harvey and junior Alfredo Lebron in leading the boys team to a fifth-place finish out of eight teams.

Harvey took first in the triple jump and tied for third in the high jump, while Lebron won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 35.48 seconds.

Senior Maddy Jourgensen led the way for the girls team, which took seventh-place overall.

Jourgensen, who has already committed to run cross-country and track at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 45.79 seconds.

This was Jourgensen’s first time running the 3,200-meter run this year because she missed two meets earlier in the season.

“Missing meets made a difference because the meets help you improve,” she said. “It is definitely my best event because I am a distance runner.”

Jourgensen said she hit the time she was aiming for, but by the end of the season, she wants to own the school record.

Christina Moyer ran 11 minutes, 20.56 seconds in 1997 and still holds the MCHS record.

“Last year, my best time was 11 minutes, 21 seconds, which is only one second off the record,” Jourgensen said. “My goal is to go faster than that and the longer interval runs in practice will help me get there.”

Sophomore Eryn Leonard came in two spots behind Jourgensen in the 3,200-meter run and senior Lauren Roberts took fourth in triple jump and tied for fourth in the high jump to help earn points for the girls team.

Both the boys and girls teams will compete in the Clint Wells Invitational on Friday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

In the only home meet of the season, Pressgrove said the athletes will have a rare opportunity.

“For some kids, this is the only meet they get to perform in front of their friends and family,” he said. “I don’t think the athletes who just turn left on the track will have an advantage, but the jumpers and throwers are used to their rings and pits, so that will help them.”

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