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Track and Field has big day in Grand Junction

Ben Bulkeley

Before Alfredo Lebron ran the mile Saturday in Grand Junction, he didn't feel like he was about to set a personal best.

In fact, the MCHS sophomore didn't feel well at all.

"Before the race I had an upset stomach," he said. "But once I stepped to the line, it went away. The adrenaline must have started."

Any queasiness the varsity track team member felt soon vanished, and so did Lebron, as he ran the mile in 4 minutes, 36 seconds — more than 15 seconds better than his previous best, and the fifth-fastest mile in school history — to win the event.

"I thought it would be 4:45," he said. "Right before I crossed the finish line, I glanced over, but I didn't think it was right."

Lebron wasn't the only MCHS athlete to record a personal best Saturday.

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Lauren Roberts long jumped 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches which put her in the top-10 in Class 4A.

Roberts' jump was also in the top-five for best in school history, and is currently the sixth-longest in Class 4A this season.

Brian Ivy triple jumped 44-11, which was not only his best jump of the year, but the top mark in 4A.

Ivy's jump put him in the top four for MCHS all-time.

Coach Todd Trapp said a number of different factors led to a strong MCHS showing Saturday.

"There was good weather and good competition," he said. "That's what we were expecting to happen.

"It was a great meet from the beginning through the end. The kids really stepped it up."

The boys and girls 4-x-100 meter relay teams lowered their times, and Maddy Jourgensen continued to run well, Trapp said.

"Maddy had a great time in the mile," he said. "She finished in 5:25, which is sixth in the state.

"She finished the 800 (meter run) in 2:26, which is 10th."

The team is scheduled to run Friday in Grand Junction during Fruita-Monument's home meet.

The junior varsity team will compete Friday in Grand Valley.

With warm weather helping during practices, Trapp said the team should continue improving.

"We expect the kids' performances to keep improving," he said. "They are starting to do really well."

With the season at the halfway point, Trapp said the team will keep striving to be better.

"They can't be satisfied," he said. "I know they will build on this, and continue to drop their times and improve their distances."

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