EVHS, Pojoaque & McCurdy Shine at Los Alamos Invitational

Espanola’s Antoin Curtis won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 3 inches at the Los Alamos Invitational March 24 in Los Alamos
Espanola’s Antoin Curtis won the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 3 inches at the Los Alamos Invitational March 24 in Los Alamos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

EVHS, Pojoaque & McCurdy Shine at Los Alamos Invitational

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Although there was snow on the ground in the morning, the skies cleared and by 3 p.m. it was not a bad day for a track and field meet March 24 at Los Alamos High School. The host Hilltoppers took first place in both the boys and girls team totals with 167.83 and 184 points, respectively. Espanola Valley High School, Pojoaque Valley High School and McCurdy Charter School had state-qualifying performances and first-place finishers in several events to make for a productive meet for their athletes.

Senior Antoin Curtis led the way for the Sundevils, winning both the triple jump and the long jump events with state-qualifying performances. Curtis, on a mission to win the triple jump after finishing second in that event last season in the Class 5A state track and field meet, put some pressure on himself after scratching on his second and third attempts and a subpar performance of just 39 feet on his first attempt. Down to his fourth and final attempt, Curtis soared 43 feet, 3 inches to overtake Los Alamos’ Ben Schauer and win the event.

Curtis and Schauer battled it out in the long jump, as well. Curtis managed to edge Schauer by barely two inches and turned in a state-qualifying performance with a leap of 21 feet, I inch to just exceed the state-qualifying standard of 21 feet. Curtis hopes to break the state record in the triple jump.

‘I know it can happen,” Curtis said. “My family and friends believe in me. I totally believe.”

Curtis scored a total of 14 points for the Sundevils. Espanola also picked up points in other events. Nicholas Martinez took second in the shot put. Ryan Trujillo took third place in the 400-meter run. Daylon Garcia tied for third place in the 800-meter run and added a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run. Marcos Gallegos took third in the 110-meter hurdles, while Jon Garcia tied for third in the high jump. Jaime Membreno took fifth in the 200-meter dash. Elias Arellano came in fifth in the long jump and Guilmer Germino was fifth in the triple jump.

The Sundevils finished fourth in the 800-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay. Espanola was fifth in the 400-meter relay.

Espanola finished fourth in the team standings with a respectable 53 points.

The Lady Sundevils scored two points courtesy of junior Faith Trujillo, who finished fifth in the 400-meter dash.

POJOAQUE VALLEY
State-qualifying performances by Pojoaque Valley’s 400-meter and 800-meter girls relay teams highlighted the Elkettes performance at the Los Alamos Invitational. Pojoaque’s 400-meter relay team of Star Torres, Arleth Beltran, Mariah Naranjo and Aubrey Aldaz finished third with a state-qualifying time 53.16 seconds. The 800-meter relay team of Torres, Taylor Roybal, Naranjo and Aldaz also finished third, qualifying for state with a time of one minute, 52.17 seconds.


Pojoaque’s Taylor Roybal handed off to teammate Mariah Naranjo in the 800-meter relay. The Elkettes finished third with a state-qualifying time of one minute, 52.17 seconds. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

In addition, the Elkettes took second in the 1600-meter relay and third in the 1600-meter medley relay. In both, the Elkettes are within two seconds of having a state-qualifying time. Pojoaque picked up 26 points of its 30 total team points in the relay events.

Consuelo Quintana picked up Pojoaque’s other four points with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run.

The Elkettes placed third in the girls team standings.


Pojoaque’s Michael Ciddio hands off to teammate Derrick Knight in the 1600-meter medley relay at the Los Alamos Invitational. The Elks finished third. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The Pojoaque Valley boys team finished a strong third with 59 points among the eight teams competing at the Los Alamos Invitational. The Elks, like the Elkettes, had a strong showing in the relay events.

Pojoaque finished second in the 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay. The 400-meter  team of Daniel Rael, Isaiah Duran, Ricky Sandoval and Michael Ciddio was less than a second from beating the state-qualifying standard of 45.40 seconds. The Elks took third place in the 1600-meter medley relay. Pojoaque scored a total of 30 points in the relay events.

Pojoaque picked up points in the throwing events and had two athletes place in two events. Terrel Calabaza took third place in the shot put and sixth in the javelin. Henry Roybal took third in the javelin and fourth in the discus. Jonathan Chavez placed second in the discus.

Jon Hall took fourth place in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Avery Torres was sixth in the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs. Jesiah Martinez took fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles and Isaiah Duran was sixth in the 400-meter run.

MCCURDY CHARTER SCHOOL
Despite being the smallest school competing at the Los Alamos Invitational, McCurdy Charter School picked up a couple of first place finishes. One by the boys and one by the girls.

Andres Martinez took first place in the 110-meter hurdles event. He also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles. McCurdy also picked up points from Jayson Bustos, who came in fifth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 200-meter dash. Bustos also took fifth place in the high jump. Nathaniel Garcia was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.

The McCurdy boys track team shares athletes with the baseball team, which was playing at a tournament in Pecos, so they did not have enough athletes to compete in the relay events. McCurdy scored 19 points and finished seventh out of eight teams.

Katelynn Tafoya took first place for the Lady Bobcats with a throw of 99 feet, 9 inches in the javelin. Jayme Bustos finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump. Azaira Arroyo took fifth place in the shot put.

McCurdy placed fourth in the 1600-meter relay and 1600-meter medley relay. The Lady Bobcats were fifth in the 400-meter and 800-meter relays. McCurdy scored 23 points and finished in a tie for fifth with Capital High School.

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