Erin Urbanoski wins 3rd state title in long jump
MCHS track top finishers
Name, Event, Place
Erin Urbanoski, long jump, 1st
Alicia Nelson, 800-meter run, 4th
Maddy Jourgensen, 3,200-meter run, 9th
Brian Ivy, triple jump, 3rd
Girls relay team, 800-meter sprint medley, 9th
Right before the last three jumps of her high school career, Erin Urbanoski did what she always does.
It didn’t matter that she was in Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, or that it would be the last time she jumped as a Moffat County High School Bulldog.
It was the same as always for her.
“Right before I went,” she said, “I kept praying that I would do my best.”
And her best was more than good enough. She won the state title for girls 4A long jump for the third straight year by jumping 18 feet 2 inches.
Although she is racing in the finals of the 100-meter dash today, she said it was a fitting end to a successful high school jumping career.
“I don’t know if I can think of a better way to end it,” she said.
For Urbanoski, it was the culmination of a hard year of work.
“I’ve been working really hard, and today it paid off,” she said.
While Urbanoski claimed the only title of the day, several other Bulldogs had strong performances, as well.
The girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Britteny Ivers, Adrie Camp, Lauren Roberts and Megan Knez finished ninth.
For Knez, who anchored the race, it was a special way to end her high school career.
“This was my first time at state,” she said. “To finish my last race here is pretty cool, but it’s sad at the same time.”
Knez, who missed some time during the season after undergoing knee surgery and participating in a physical education class trip, said that while the team didn’t finish first, it still was a good team effort.
“Everyone did awesome,” she said.
Roberts, 16, said she wished the team had placed higher, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort.
“It wasn’t our best time,” she said. “But, I think everyone ran as fast as they could.”
Roberts also ran in the medley at state last year.
“It’s different this year,” she said. “It’s a different team than last year, and we know it’s always going to be harder running here than anywhere else.”
While the medley team was hoping for better results, there were several individual performances that stood out.
On Thursday, junior Brian Ivy placed third in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 44 feet 9 inches.
“I’m just a junior,” he said. “I’m excited that I get to come back next year and try for it again.”
Coach Lance Scranton said the state meet could motivate some of the juniors and sophomores for next year.
“The young kids came out did everything they could,” Scranton said. “It’s something to build on for next year. And our outgoing kids really impressed today.”
Sophomore Maddy Jourgensen placed ninth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:50.66.
Senior Alicia Nelson had a record-breaking performance in the 800-meter run. Although she placed fourth in the event, she broke a school record with her time of 2:15.37.
The winner of the 800-meter run, Samantha Thompson of Sierra High School, broke a Colorado state record with her time of 2:10.12.
But, Nelson was fine with her time.
“It was faster than I had ever run before,” she said. “The girl who won broke a state record, so I’m happy with how I did.”
Nelson, who will run next year for Adams State College in Alamosa, will finish her high school career today in the mile.
“This is a last-chance deal,” she said. “I really want to break five minutes, and try to go out fast.”
Coach Ken Olinger said Moffat County did what it set out to do.
“It was a good day all around,” he said. “The kids put forth their best effort, and it paid off.”
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