Area Athletes Shine In District 2-3A Track Meet

Curdy’s Alain Jayme wins the 1600-meter run ahead of Dulce’s Anfernee Callado
Curdy’s Alain Jayme wins the 1600-meter run ahead of Dulce’s Anfernee Callado. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Area Athletes Shine In District 2-3A Track Meet

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The weather was freezing and the snow was falling April 28 in Santa Fe. Softball games, baseball games, track and field meets were canceled. The District 2-3A track and field meet was one of the few events that didn’t let the weather stop them. Teams from Santa Fe Prep School, McCurdy Charter School and Dulce High School competed at Santa Fe High School for district titles and to qualify for the Class A-3A state track and field meet Friday and Saturday (May 5-6) at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque.

Santa Fe Prep came out on top in both the girls and boys team standings. The deep and talented Griffins took first place with 194 points in the boys team standings with 194 points. McCurdy came in second with 105 points and Dulce was third with 96 points.

Santa Fe Preps Patrick Boyd wins the 100-meter dash with McCurdy’s Gabriel Huerta second, McCurdy’s Ernesto Martinez third and Dulce’s Sean Vicenti fourth. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The Griifins were led by Patrick Boyd, who won four individual events, taking first in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, as well as the high jump. He also ran the 400-meter leg of the 1600-meter medley relay, helping Prep to finish first in that event.

Prep dominated the jumping events, finishing first, second, third and fourth in the high jump. Prep took first, second and third in both the long jump and the triple jump. The Griffins also took first, second, third and fourth in the 3200-meter run.

McCurdy’s Gabriel Huerta edges past Santa Fe Prep’s Thomas Naylor to win the 400-meter relay for the Bobcats during a snow flurry. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

McCurdy dominated the relays. The Bobcats’ team of Marcos Gonzales, Ernesto Martinez, Jayson Bustos and Gabriel Huerta barely edged Prep at the finish line by .07 seconds in the 400-meter relay with a time of 46.10 seconds. The margin of victory in the 800-meter relay was a little more comfortable as Gonzales, Martinez, Bustos and Huerta finished about four seconds ahead of Prep with a time of one minute, 38.65 seconds. McCurdy has also qualified by time in the 800-meter relay.

In the meet’s final event, Gonzales, Josh Lujan, Bustos and Huerta finished first with a time of 3 minutes, 42.73 seconds in the 1600-meter relay.

McCurdy’s Andres Martinez won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Senior Andres Martinez won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles for McCurdy. Alain Jayme took first in the 1600-meter run.

Huerta and Ernesto Martinez took second and third in the 100-meter dash. Both had already qualified for state in that event. Martinez took second in the 200-meter dash to qualify for state as a district qualifier. Huerta had previously qualified in that event by time.

Nathaniel Garcia took second in the 300-meter hurdles to go to state as a district qualifier.

Dulce’s Tyrese Morgan took third in the 300-meter hurdles and first in the javelin. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

For Dulce, Tyrese Morgan won the javelin with a throw of 118 feet, 9 inches. Marvin Reval was first in the javelin with a heave of 33 feet, 4.5 inches. Reval also took first in the discus with a throw of 101 feet, 11 inches.

Anfernee Callado won the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 22.62 second, just .05 seconds ahead of McCurdy’s Bustos. Callado took second in the 1600-meter run. Dulce’s 1600-meter medley team of Simon Gomez, Sean Vicenti, Callado and Vinson Veneno is headed for state after finishing second.

Vicenti was second in the 400-meter run. He had previously qualified for state in the 100-meter dash

Veteran McCurdy Coach Cecil Brown had a big smile after the meet.

“I love these kids,” he said.

McCurdy Coach Cecil Brown talks to his 1600-meter relay team before their race. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Seniors Gonzales and Bustos are veterans of the state track and field for McCurdy. This will be their last state meet. This the first year since 2001 that McCurdy has been in Class 3A (formerly 2A) and it has proven successful.

“The competition is outstanding,” Gonzales said. “It’s been fun competing at this level. We gave it our all. The whole team came out to support and contribute.”

Bustos had worked hard despite the cold, running in three relays and the 800-meter run.

“It was really painful,” he said. “It’s sad, but it’s been a beautiful time. Just need to get through this week.”

Santa Fe Prep, the defending Class 3A state champions, ran away with thegirls team title for District 2-3A, scoring 219.5 points. Dulce scored 90 points to grab second place ahead of McCurdy, which scored 81.5 points.

Prep won all the running events except the 3200-meter run, won every relay and every jumping event.

McCurdy Coach Cecilia Brown will be taking 13 girls to state, the most for McCurdy in many years. Much of that is because all of McCurdy’s relay teams took second place behind Prep.

McCurdy’s 400-meter relay team of Jeneva Serrano, Serena Barela, Marissa Sandoval and Karla Santos, the 800-meter relay team of Alexis Ortiz, Barela, Sandoval and Deandra Ortiz and the 1600-meter relay team of Sandoval, Jayme Bustos, Angie Arroyo and Serrano all finished second by comfortable margins.

McCurdy’s Jayme Bustos held off Dulce’s  Tunte  Vigil to finish second in the 1600-meter medley. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The drama was in the 1600-meter medley relay. After Santos, Sandoval and Arroyo had carried the baton, Bustos ran the final 800-meter leg. Dulce’s Tunte Vigil was hot on her heels all the way around the track. In the final stretch, Bustos held off a challenge by Vigil to come in second and get her relay team to state.

McCurdy did well in the throwing events. Rianna Griego took first in the javelin and Katelyn Tafoya finished second. Azaira Arroyo won the shot put and Vianae Atlamiero was second. Angie Arroyo finished second in the triple jump.

In addition to the district qualifiers for McCurdy, Alyssa Edmunds has qualified for state by time in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Edmunds was resting a bruised shin at the district meet.

Dulce dominated the 3200-meter run, with Brittney Amarillo taking first, Kierianna Well second and Jariah Callado third. Well took first place in the discus.