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MCHS track and field readies for state

Ben Bulkeley

Johnny Landa, left, prepares to pass two Battle Mountain High School runners during the May 14 Western Slope League championships in Grand Junction. Landa, a sophomore, will be one of seven individual MCHS qualifiers competing at the state meet Thursday through Saturday in Lakewood.

As one of 13 state-bound track and field athletes, Moffat County High School senior Brian Ivy has a simple goal for himself, and his team.

"We want to tear it up," he said. "Run fast, jump high."

The state track meet will start at 9:40 a.m. Thursday for MCHS, when the boys 4-by-200-meter relay team of Ivy, Pablo Salcido, Jasen Kettle and Braeden Sullivan hits the track at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Overall, MCHS will bring seven individual competitors, plus two relay teams to Lakewood for the state meet.

The seven individuals and two relay teams will compete in 11 events from Thursday to Saturday.

Being at state is not new to Ivy — he has gone all four years — but this year, the senior won't just be jumping.

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"I've never gone for running before," he said. "The handoffs make me a little nervous."

When it comes to the triple jump, in which he has logged a class 4A-best 45 feet, 10 inches, Ivy said he would stick to what has worked this season.

"Whatever happens, happens," he said. "I'm just going to try my hardest."

The boys team, which split league championship honors with Glenwood Springs on May 14 in Grand Junction, will be well represented with two relay teams and four individual competitors.

Alfredo Lebron qualified for the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

The sophomore is ranked 14th in class 4A for the 1600-meters and eighth in the 3,200-meters.

Kettle, running track for the first season, qualified in the 200-meter dash with a 15th-place ranking.

Sophomore Johnny Landa qualified for state in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:10.83, which was good for 17th.

Ivy has MCHS' only No. 1 ranking, which is in the triple jump.

Ivy also has the No. 14 ranking in the long jump.

The boys 4-by-200-meter relay team is ranked 15th, while the boys 4-by-800-meter relay team, which consists of Rene and Miguel Molina, Alex McCoy and Corey Wojtkiewicz, is in the third spot.

Like Ivy, junior Lauren Roberts has been to state every year she has been in high school.

Like Ivy, she will find herself out of her state comfort zone.

Her first two years saw Roberts in track events, while this year, she will try to place in the long jump.

"I won't know how I feel until I get there," she said. "I'm a little anxious. I'm at the spot where I could make it to the finals, and anything could happen."

Roberts is ranked ninth in the long jump, with a distance of 16 feet and nine inches.

Senior Lindsey Yoast will throw the discus, as she finished in 11th-place with a distance of 110 feet and nine inches.

Maddy Jourgensen qualified for three events.

The junior is ranked 11th in the 800-meter run, fourth in the 1,600-meters and fifth in the 3,200-meters.

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or

MCHS track and field individual and relay team qualifiers for the state meet in Lakewood

(Name, Event, Time/distance, Ranking)

Alfredo Lebron, 1,600-meter run, 4:31.44, 14

3,200-meter run, 9:52.04, 8

Jasen Kettle, 200-meter dash, 22.74 , 15

4-by-200-meter relay, 1:31.49, 15

Johnny Landa, 3,200-meter run, 10:10.83, 17

Brian Ivy, Long jump, 21’3.25”, 14

Triple jump, 45’10”, 1

4-by-200-meter relay, 1:31.49, 15

Pablo Salcido, 4-by-200-meter relay, 1:31.49, 15

Braeden Sullivan, 4-by-200-meter relay, 1:31.49, 15

Lauren Roberts, Long jump, 16’9”, 9

Lindsey Yoast, Discus, 110’9”, 11

Maddy Jourgensen, 800-meter run, 2:21.58, 11

1,600-meter run, 5:12.30, 4

3,200-meter run, 11:34.95, 5

Alex McCoy, 4-by-800-meter relay, 8:11.41, 3

Rene Molina, 4-by-800-meter relay, 8:11.41, 3

Miguel Molina, 4-by-800-meter relay, 8:11.41, 3

Corey Wojtkiewicz, 4-by-800-meter relay, 8:11.41, 3

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