MCHS junior breaks school record in 800-meter run
April 20, 2011
Top individual results from the Moffat County High School varsity track and field team’s meet April 15 at Coal Ridge High School:
(Name — event — place — time/mark)
• Alfredo Lebron — 800-meter run — 1 — 1:57.78
• Eryn Leonard — 3,200-meter run — 1 — 12:52.26
• Moffat County — four-by-800-meter relay — 1 — 8:20.98
• Moffat County — four-by-400-meter relay — 3 — 3:34.31
• Moffat County — four-by-200-meter relay — 4 — 1:35.07
• Casey Martin — discus — 1 — 136’11.00”
• Casey Martin — shot put — 4 — 44’6.25”
• Lauren Roberts — high jump — T1 — 5’
• Lauren Roberts — triple jump — 3 — 34’0.25”
• Maddy Jourgensen — 800-meter run — 2 — 2:26.53
• Maddy Jourgensen — 1,600-meter run — 2 — 5:25.86
• Miguel Molina — 800-meter run — 4 — 2:08.05
• Ryder Seely — 110-meter hurdles — 4 — 16.99
• Nicole Sollenberger — discus — 4 — 89’3.00”
• Johnny Landa — 1,600-meter run — 5 — 4:56.51
• Kim Schaffner — discus — 5 — 88’10.00”
— The boys team took fourth place and the girls team third place out of 19 teams.
With the 1,600-meter run off his plate, Alfredo Lebron knew he had a chance to make Moffat County High School history April 15 at Coal Ridge High School.
Lebron, an MCHS junior, said he and his distance coach, Todd Trapp, decided he wouldn't run the 1,600-meter run and instead focus all his energy on the 800-meter run.
When the race was over, Lebron said he was exhausted and tired, but wanted to know his time.
"After my race, I slowly walked over to Trapp so I could see my time," he said. "When Trapp had my official time, he came running out to let me know how fast I actually ran."
Lebron's official time was 1 minute, 57.78 seconds, which meant his name would go on the MCHS boys track and field record board for the 800-meter run.
Kelly Christensen held the previous record at 1 minute, 57.93 seconds, which he ran in 2000.
"I knew I had a chance at the record because I had been close this season and I wasn't running the mile like I usually do in most meets," Lebron said. "Our first meet after spring break, I figured it would be difficult, but I was really happy when I found out I broke the record. It felt pretty good."
Lebron's previous personal best was 1 minute, 58 seconds.
Trapp said breaking a school record is a "great accomplishment."
"Any time there is a school record, it is there for a reason," Trapp said of the difficulty of breaking a record. "To break it, you have to have a great race and Alfredo was determined from the start to beat it."
The record-breaking performance by Lebron helped lead the MCHS boys varsity track and field team to a fourth-place finish while the girls team took third place out of the 19 team that competed.
Lebron was also part of the first place four-by-800-meter relay with fellow juniors Miguel Molina, Rene Molina and Johnny Landa.
The relay team posted their best time of the season, 8 minutes, 20.98 seconds, but Lebron said he thinks they can improve.
"I can run 2 minutes flat and I know the three other guys can run under 2 minutes, 5 seconds," he said. "We didn't do that in Coal Ridge, but if we do that, I think we will have one of the best teams in the state."
The boys team also received contributions from senior Casey Martin, who took first in discus and fourth in shot put, and sophomore Ryder Seely, who placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Lance Scranton, the boys team head coach and throwing coach, said Martin is having a great senior season.
"Casey is peaking at the right time of the year," he said. "He will get better as the season progresses."
For the girls team, distance and field events earned the team most of their points.
Sophomore Eryn Leonard won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 52.26 seconds. Senior Maddy Jourgensen took second in both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run.
Senior Lauren Roberts tied for first in the high jump and took third in the triple jump, while sophomores Nicole Sollenberger and Kim Schaffner took fourth and fifth place in discus, respectively.
"Eryn went out and won the race without any help, which is hard to do in the two mile," Trapp said. "Maddy has had some time off, but she has been training and even trained during spring break and she is headed in the right direction to qualify for state."
The boys and girls teams will compete Friday at Fruita Monument High School.
With the record now in hand, Lebron said he is confident he can get his time even lower.
Lebron is ranked third in state in the 800-meter run at the Class 4A level, with the number one ranked runner from Cheyenne Mountain posting a time of 1 minute, 53.66 seconds.
"The guy ahead of me at the state level is running around 1 minute, 54 seconds, so I think I can for sure get my time lower," he said. "If I compete with him, I think I can go with him. But, if not this season, I still have my senior year."
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