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MCHS junior excels at state track and field championships

John Vandelinder

— Somebody owes Erin Urbanoski a smoothie.

The Moffat County High School junior had some extra motivation provided by coach Todd Trapp when she competed in the girls preliminary 100-meter dash at Friday’s 4A state track and field championships in Lakewood.

Urbanoski placed 11th – missing today’s finals heat by two spots – but what won her the IOU from Trapp, was her time.

Urbanoski set a career-best mark in the event, clocking in at 12.61 seconds.

Trapp’s smoothie requirement was 12.75.

“All I know is that somebody owes me,” Urbanoski jokingly said.

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Friday was mostly a day that saw preliminary races setting up today’s finals, but there were a few events where a state title was at stake.

Junior Myiah Bengston led off the finals events for Moffat County in the girls shot put.

Bengston entered as the No. 12 seed, but her final toss of 33-10, placed her 14th in the state.

“The problem was that I threw it flat,” Bengston said. “I didn’t have enough arc on it. My goal was 36 (feet) and that didn’t happen.

“I have next year : and I plan on coming back.”

Moffat County field coach Lance Scranton was pleased with Bengston’s effort.

“I thought she threw well,” he said. “We wanted between 33 and 35 (feet) and that’s where we’re at. It’s nice for her to have another year.”

JT Haddan isn’t afforded that luxury.

The Bulldog senior competed in the discus state finals, entering as the No. 6 seed.

Before the event, Haddan had a goal firmly set in his mind.

“I want 160” feet, he said.

Haddan accomplished the feat, but at the wrong time.

“I threw two 160s,” he said. “But, one was (out of bounds) and the other was during warm-ups.”

He made it to the final round with a preliminary toss of 151-00, but none of his final round throws went farther as he finished sixth overall.

“I can’t be mad about that,” he said. “Last year, I came in eighth. Sixth is better than eighth, right?”

The girls 3,200-meter relay team had one race for a shot at the state title Friday, as well.

Having lost once this regular season – a second-place finish more than a month ago – the team entered ranked seventh in the state with a season-best time of 9:50.77.

The Bulldog foursome of Maddy Jourgensen, Nike Cleverly, Katy Nottingham and Alicia Nelson finished fourth, shattering the season-best time by more than 11 seconds.

“That’s the second-fastest time in school history,” Trapp said about the final time of 9:39.16. “We’ve seen these girls come out all year and compete, and they did just that today. How can you not be happy about that?”

Trapp was afforded another happy moment less than two hours later, as Jourgensen and Nelson competed in the girls 1,600.

Nelson was seeded fourth, Jourgensen ninth.

Nelson captured the bronze medal, completing the four laps required in 5:09.61.

“That’s the same as last year,” she said. “I knew I had a shot at winning, or at least getting a” personal record.

Jourgensen placed 10th, finishing in 5:22.66.

“You could tell Maddy was tired from the (3,200) relay,” Trapp said. “Those two girls gave it their all in that race and had to come back out less than two hours later and do it again. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

In preliminary round action, the Bulldogs were knocked out of state title contention in three events.

The 1,600 relay team of Jourgensen, Kylie Bauman, Angie Charchalis and Nelson, finished 11th in 4:08.66, missing today’s finals by less than two seconds.

Charchalis competed in the girls 400, placing 13th.

The senior finished four spots – .54 seconds – away from today’s final.

“I just didn’t want to get last in my heat,” she said laughing. “It felt good though. It’s tough out here. It’s always tougher at state.”

The girls 800 sprint medley relay team of Millie Blackstun, Kylie Bauman, Urbanoski and Charchalis came into the event as the 13th ranked team, and left the same way.

MCHS finished in 1:53.75, 1.08 seconds away from advancing.

Competition resumes at 9 a.m. today, where Urbanoski will look to defend her state crown in the girls long jump, Haddan looks to improve on last season’s third-place finish in the boys shot put, and Nelson will look for a state title in the 800.

Urbanoski and Nelson are No. 1 seeds while Haddan is seeded third.

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A track and field state championships

At Jeffco stadium, Lakewood

Girls 100-meter dash – prelims

11. Erin Urbanoski – 12.61

Girls 400-meter dash – prelims

13. Angie Charchalis -1:00.53

Girls 800-meter run – today

Alicia Nelson

Girls 1,600-meter run

3. Alicia Nelson – 5:09.61

10. Maddy Jourgensen – 5:22.66

Girls 1,600-meter relay – prelims

11. Maddy Jourgensen, Kylie Bauman, Angie Charchalis and Alicia Nelson – 4:08.66

Girls 3,200-meter relay – finals

4. Maddy Jourgensen, Katy Nottingham, Alicia Nelson and Nike Cleverly – 9:39.16

Girls 800 sprint medley relay – prelims

13. Millie Blackstun, Kylie Bauman, Erin Urbanoski and Angie Charchalis – 1:53.75

Girls long jump – today

Erin Urbanoski

Girls shot put – finals

14. Myiah Bengston – 33-10

Girls discus – today

Myiah Bengston

Boys triple jump – today

Brian Ivy

Boys shot put – today

JT Haddan

Boys discus – finals

6. JT Haddan – 151-00

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