MCHS track team hopes to run away with state
Women's team rankings at regional meet in Grand Junction
Glenwood Springs High School, 173
Eagle Valley High School, 119
Moffat County High School, 114
Palisade High School, 85
Delta High School, 83
Steamboat Springs High School, 56
Rifle High School, 52.5
Battle Mountain High School, 46.5
Men's team rankings at regional meet in Grand Junction
Glenwood Springs High School, 150
Eagle Valley High School, 129
Delta High School, 116
Palisade High School, 104
Rifle High School, 78
Battle Mountain High School, 53
Moffat County High School, 49
Steamboat Springs High School, 20
In track, timing is everything.
Luckily for Moffat County High School, the time is just right to be heading to the state meet.
Coming off several strong performances during last week’s regional meet to qualify for state, the Bulldogs seem to be hitting their stride at precisely the right moment.
With Erin Urbanoski, Alicia Nelson, Maddy Jourgensen, Adrie Camp, Lauren Roberts and Brian Ivy, the MCHS track team knows it has a chance to compete.
And this weekend, they will compete against the best.
The state meet will begin Thursday, and the six athletes will travel to Lakewood in hopes of maintaining the momentum built up from last week’s meet in Grand Junction.
Overall, the team took six of the 37 events in Grand Junction, and coach Todd Trapp said the athletes are peaking at the right time.
“They’re running well at the end of year, which was one of the main goals coming in to the season,” Trapp said. “Their confidence is high, and they’re ready to do well.
“The kids going to state ran the best they have so far this season.”
MCHS track will face off against more than 40 4A schools Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Ivy, who will be the only boys track team member going to state, will compete in the triple jump and long jump. Last year, he placed seventh in the triple jump in state.
Last week, he had his best triple jump of the season at 44 feet, 8 inches – good for first place.
Nelson will compete in the 800- and 1600-meter run one week after she beat her own personal best times and received a pair of first-place finishes for her efforts.
Nelson also took home first place in the 3200-meter run.
Urbanoski will look to extend her streak to three years as state champion in the long jump. Last week, she set a new personal best when she long-jumped 19 feet, 3 inches.
Urbanoski also will hope to build off her first-place finish in the 100-meter dash during last week’s meet.
Jourgensen, ranked 6th in the state, will compete in the 1600- and 3200-meter run. Last week, she improved her time in both events.
The girls sprint medley team of Camp, Roberts, Urbanoski and Nelson will compete in the 800-meter relay.
“Last week, they improved their time by a second and a half,” Trapp said. “And they believe they can run faster yet, after improving on their handoffs and running against the top competitors.”
For the rest of the week, the sprint medley team will continue to work on their handoffs, Trapp said.
“They didn’t have the handoffs dialed in, and that’s something we need to work on to perform at a high level,” he said.
The team also will continue to get mentally prepared for state.
“We want them to be as focused as possible,” Trapp said. “I know they’re excited and ready to go out and compete against the top athletes in the state.”
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