Maddy Jourgensen, center, runs in last year’s state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, took fourth place in the 1,600-meter run at this year’s 4A state meet.

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Maddy Jourgensen, center, runs in last year’s state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, took fourth place in the 1,600-meter run at this year’s 4A state meet.

Bulldog runners finish in top 5 at state

Results

Moffat County High School varsity track and field individual results Saturday at the 4A state meet at Jeffco Stadium:

(Name — event — time — place)

• Alfredo Lebron — 1,600-meter run — 4:21.00 — 3

• Maddy Jourgensen — 1,600-meter run — 5:16.09 — 4

Maddy Jourgensen will leave the Moffat County High School track and field team the way she wanted.

After breaking the school’s 3,200-meter run record Friday, Jourgensen, a MCHS senior, followed up with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run Saturday at the 4A state meet in Lakewood.

“I was really happy with my finish,” Jourgensen said. “I went in ranked sixth, and I wanted a top five finish and I got it.”

Jourgensen’s time — 5 minutes, 16.09 seconds — was her fastest of the season by about 4 seconds.

Thompson Valley’s Karina Ernst won the race with a time of 5 minutes, 2.60 seconds.

“The girl ranked first ran faster the whole race than all of us,” Jourgensen said. “I wanted to hang with her and get my best time, and I did that for awhile. The competition was tough, but I was happy with the way I ran the race.”

In the 3,200-meter run, Jourgensen said runners have more time to think and strategize, while the 1,600-meter run is a lot faster.

Todd Trapp, the MCHS girls varsity track and field team head coach, said Jourgensen didn’t let the success of Friday slow her down Saturday.

“I think the work Maddy put in all season paid off this weekend,” he said. “She came back Saturday and had a great race and ran her best time of the season.”

Junior Alfredo Lebron also competed in the 1,600-meter run Saturday, taking third place with a time of 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

Like the 3,200-meter run the day before, Trapp said Lebron went out fast, something he was not used to.

“Alfredo ran with the top guy and after the first lap, they were at 61 seconds,” he said. “He went out very aggressive and wanted to finish high. He was not used to going out that fast and it caught up to him on the last lap.”

As a junior, Trapp said Lebron’s performance at the state meet was impressive.

“One of Alfredo’s goals coming into this season was to place high in the mile,” he said. “He took third as a junior, and that is quite a feat.”

In both the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600-meter run, Lebron was only beaten by senior opponents.

Next season, Trapp said Lebron would be the No. 1 returning runner in both races.

“Guys around the state will know Alfredo’s name and want to go out against him,” he said. “He will be in a good place going into next year, and he knows what he will have to do in the offseason to make it back to state.”

While Lebron has one more year to compete for MCHS, Jourgensen will move on to Augustana College in South Dakota to compete in cross-country and track.

Coming into the season, Jourgensen said she wanted a top five finish in both her races and to break the 3,200-meter record.

“I am really happy to be going out by placing in the top five in both of my events,” Jourgensen said. “It didn’t feel real at first, but it is starting to sink in. It is pretty crazy.”

Trapp said Jourgensen would go down as one of the top runners from MCHS.

“There is definitely a history of exceptional girl long distance runners at our school,” he said. “Maddy has definitely put her name in there with the others and will get her name on the record board.”

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