Escalante’s Aubrie Hinds takes the baton from teammate Victoria Valdez in the 800-meter relay. Escalante came in first. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Escalante Girls, Boys Take First At District 5-2A Meet
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
Escalante High School took first place in both the boys team standings and the girls team standings at the District 5-2A track and field meet May 1 at Penasco. The meet had been scheduled for April 28, but had been rescheduled due to inclement weather.
The first-place and second=place finishers at the district meet in individual events and relays qualify for the Class A-3A state track and field meet May 5-6 in Albuquerque.
In the boys team standings, the Lobos scored 120 points to finish ahead of Questa High School, which scored 107 points. Mesa Vista High School was third with 71 points. Mora High School scored 66 points and Penasco High School scored 20 points.
Escalante took first place in three individual events. A. J. Blea finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17 seconds. He took first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.12 seconds. In both races, teammate Andres Martinez finished second. Both qualified for state.
Escalante’s A. J. Blea won the 100-meter hurdles a9abovea0 and the 300-meter hurdles. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Santiago Gonzales was first in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 5.5 inches.
Escalante took first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 46.72 seconds. Anthony Paul Martinez, Devon Abeyta, Waylon Hinds and Blea carried the baton for the Lobos. The Lobos were second in the 800-meter relay with Questa taking first place.
Joseph Martinez qualified for state by finishing second in the high jump behind Mora’s Santiago Laumbach. Johnny Samora was second in the shot put behind Mora’s Domonic Pacheco. Max Salazar was second in the discus with Questa’s David (Bubba) Trujillo taking first. Martinez was second in the 100-meter dash.
Escalante’s Victoria Valdez takes the baton from teammate Natalia Baca in the 1600-meter relay. Escalante took first place. Photo by George Morse for teh Valley Daily Post
Despite finishing third in the team standings, the Mesa Vista Trojans took first place in six individual events and one relay.
Frankie Ortiz led the way for the Trojans, taking first place in four individual events. Ortiz won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.37 seconds. He won the 200-meter dash in 23.34 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 53.65 seconds. Ortiz also took first in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 4.75 inches.
Ortiz ran the opening leg of Mesa Vista’s 1600-meter relay team, helping teammates Anthony Vigil, Jesse Broyles and Danny Gollas take first place with a time of 3 minutes, 47.21 seconds.
Mesa Vista’s Frankie Ortiz won the 100-meter dash at the District 5-2A track and field meet Monday at Penasco. Escalante’s Anthony Paul Martinez (right of Ortiz) was second. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
“I’m glad I got my team to state,” Ortiz said. “It feels so amazing to be able to see my friends qualify.”
The victory in the 1600-meter relay was a surprise to Mesa Vista Coach Jennifer Espinoza.
“That’s the first 1600-meter relay we’ve run all year,” Coach Espinoza said.
Mora (left), Questa and Escalante (right) make an exchange in the 800-meter relay. Questa finished first, Escalante second and Mora third. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Brian Gollas won the 1600-meter run for the Trojans. Damian Trujillo won the 800-meter run. Vigil qualified for state by finishing second in the 3200-meter run.
Questa’s Trujillo helped the Wildcats take second place in the team standings by winning the discus and javelin events. He also took second in the long jump. Derek Vialpando won the 3200-meter run for Questa and added a second-place finish in the javelin.
T. J. Madrid was first in the pole vault event and took second place in the 200-meter dash for the Wildcats. Justin Madrid was second in the triple jump.
Questa won the 800-meter relay and the 1600-meter medley relay. The Wildcats were second in the 400-meter and 1600-meter relays.
Questa’s John Ortiz finished in first place in the 800-meter relay for the Wildcats with Escalante’s Waylon Hinds in second. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Pacheco’ winning heave in the shot put for Mora was 38 feet, 11 inches. Laumbach cleared 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump for the Rangers. Mora’s Dalton Breaux was second in the 1600-meter run and Eloy Roybal was second the 400-meter dash to qualify both for state. The Rangers took second place in the 1600-meter medley relay.
Penasco’s lone state qualifier was Tomas Gonzales, who finished second in the 800-meter run.
The Escalante Lady Lobos scored 135 points to take first place in thegirls team standings. Questa was second with 114 points. Penasco came in third with 79 points. Mesa Vista was fourth with 53 points and Mora fifth with 45 points.
The Lady Lobos won three relays to help put them in first. The 400-meter relay team of Tanisha Torres, Victoria Valdez, Aubrie Hinds and Hailey Whitaker took first place with a time of 54.18 seconds. The 800-meter relay team of Torres, Valdez, Hinds and Makeely Garcia was first in one minute, 57.02 seconds. Hinds, Torres, Natalia Baca and Valdez carried the baton in the 1600-meter relay, winning with a time of 4 minutes, 48.83 seconds.
Whitaker pulled off a double in the hurdles events, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.05 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.44 seconds. She also won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 2 inches and she took second in the 200-meter dash.
Hinds won the 400-meter dash with a time of one minute, 6.06 seconds and was second in the long jump. Tori Salazar was first in the shot put with a heave of 30 feet, 9 inches. Kayleigh Lindstrom took second place in the triple jump. Torres took second in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Lady Wildcats won the 1600-meter medley relay and finished second in the 400-meter and 800-meter relays. Questa’s Helena Padilla took first in her specialty, the triple jump, with a leap of 33 feet, .25 inches. Anna Marie Sanchez of the Lady Wildcats won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.14 seconds and was first in the javelin with a throw of 84 feet, 8 inches.
Larissa Passino took first for the Lady Wildcats in the discus with a throw of 84 feet, 10.5 inches. Sasha Martinez was second in the discus.
Raven Cisneros was second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Penasco was second in the 1600-meter relay. The Gonzales sisters, Charlyna and Carly, were strong in the distance events for the Lady Panthers. Charlyna won the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 41.90 seconds and was second in the 1600-meter run. Carly was second in the 3200-meter run and 800-meter run, while coming in third in the 1600-meter run.
Alex Sandoval took second in the javelin for the Lady Panthers.
Mesa Vista’s 1600-meter medley relay team of Consuelo Ortiz, Darien Halder, Aubrianna Martinez and Maryssa Martin finished second in the 1600-meter medley. The Lady Trojans’ 400-meter relay team of Ortiz, Martinez, Martin and Abrianna Griego had qualified for state in an earlier meet.
Griego qualified for state in three sprints, winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.56 seconds. Griego was second in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash. Halder won the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 6 inches.
Mora’s Natalia Marrufo won the 1600-meter run with a time of 6 minutes, 5.44 seconds. She won the 3200-meter run, but her time will not be entered because officials mistakenly stopped the race after seven laps instead of eight. Mora’s Marisol Pacheco took second place in the shot put. Chrissy Sandoval was second in the high jump.