The McCurdy Charter School girls 1600-meter medley team earned a medal at the 2019 Class 2A state track and field meet May 11 at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque. The Bobcats finished sixth with a time of 4 minutes, 44.23 seconds. Team members are (left to right) Jayme Bustos, Angie Arroyo, Jeneva Serrano, Emma Lovato.
By George Morse
McCurdy Brings Back Medals
McCurdy Charter School senior Angie Arroyo began her career with the Lady Bobcats as a precocious eighth-grader running the 800-meter anchor leg of the 1600-meter medley relay at the 2015 District 2-5A track and field meet at Questa High School. Arroyo managed to bring the baton home for the Bobcats and qualify the relay for the Class A-3A state track and field meet. It was her first trip to the state track and field meet. The Bobcats competed at state that year, but did not qualify for the finals.
Fast forward to 2019 and Arroyo was once again running in the 1600-meter medley relay at state. A fixture on McCurdy’s track and field teams for five years, now she was running the 400-meter leg of the relay. The Bobcats managed to qualify for the finals for the first time in a long time and had a shot at earning the first state medal for a girls relay team since Coach Cecilia Brown took over the program. It was also the last chance for Arroyo to earn an elusive medal at state. Brown has been Arroyo’s coach since the eighth grade.
Emma Lovato and Jeneva Serrano ran the first two 200-meter legs for McCurdy before Serrano handed the baton to Arroyo. After completing her 400-leg, Arroyo handed off to Jayme Bustos, who would run the 800-meter anchor leg. The Bobcats couldn’t keep up with the leaders, but Bustos persevered and brought the baton home in sixth place. That earned McCurdy a medal.
It enabled Coach Brown to keep her promise to Arroyo.
“I promised I’d get her a medal,” Coach Brown said.
Arroyo finished her career on the awards podium receiving her first medal.
“It’s the best feeling ever, no matter what place it is,” Arroyo said. “It just feels awesome.”
The McCurdy boys team took home two medals this year, both in jumping events. Senior Jacob Martinez finished his career with McCurdy taking second place in the boys Class 2A long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 1-inch. He was five inches short of the first-place finisher Stephen Sanchez of Santa Rosa High School.
Sophomore Andres Martinez finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 5 inches to earn his medal.