McCurdy’s Adolpho Arroyo and Dulce’s Sean Vicenti chase Pecos’ Josh Lopez in the 200-meter dash. Arroyo was second and Vicenti fourth. Photo by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post
On the Track
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
Track and field athletes from small high schools in Classes A-3A will have one last chance to qualify for the Class A-3A state track and field meet at various district meets throughout the state. Those athletes who have not yet qualified by time or distance can qualify for state by finishing first or second in their respective events at their district meets.
The District 5-2A meet will be held Friday at Escalante High School. The Class A-3A state track and field meet will be held May 6-7 in Albuquerque.
Several athletes and relay teams took care of the business of qualifying at the Northern Rio Grande track and field meet April 23 at Escalante High School. They either improved the marks they had already set or turned in their first state-qualifying efforts, taking off the pressure they’d face at their district meets.
At the Northern Rio Grande, Pecos ended up first in the boys team standings with 142 points. Escalante was second with 73.5 points and McCurdy Charter School was third with 62 points.
Escalante picked up 10 points and turned in a state-qualifying time, winning the 40-meter relay. The team of Devon Abeyta, Andres Blea, Waylon Hinds and Anthony Paul Martinez turned in a time of 47.04 seconds.
Estevan Atencio won the shot put with a heave of 44 feet, 11 inches. He had previously qualified for state, but improved his state-qualifying distance by over two feet at the Northern Rio Grande.
Other Escalante athletes who have already qualified for state are: Lucas Cordova (110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles), Dominic Montano (100-meter dash), Andres Blea (high jump).
McCurdy had previously qualified their 400-meter relay team in an earlier meet at Escalante. They added two more relays to their state-qualifying resume at the Northern Rio Grande. The team of Marcos Gonzales, Gabriel Huerta, Adolfo Arroyo and Gerald Gurrola took first place in the 800-meter relay with a state-qualifying time of one minute, 38.54 seconds. Huerta, Josh Lujan, Andrew Saiz-Martinez and Jayson Bustos teamed up to win the 1600-meter relay with a state-qualifying time of three minutes, 44.64 seconds.
Arroyo won the 100-meter dash. He still owns the fastest state-qualifying time in that event in Class 2A. He turned in a time of 11.24 seconds April 2 at the Lobo Quad meet at Escalante. Teammate Huerta has also qualified for state in the 100-meter dash.
Bustos has qualified for state in the 800-meter run.
Mesa Vista High School scored 48 points to finish fourth in the team standings. Brian Gollas is the only athlete to qualify so far for the Trojans in the 3200-meter run. Mesa Vista will try to qualify more athletes at the District 5AA track and field meet Friday at Escalante.
Dulce High School scored 18.5 points and finished seventh.
The Escalante girls track and field team took first place in the team standings at the Northern Rio Grande, scoring 103 points. Freshman Hailey Whitaker (in photo to right) continued to shine. She won the 100-meter hurdles, improving her state-qualifying time to 17.54 seconds. She won the 300-meter hurdles, improving her time to 48.44 seconds. It’s the fastest state qualifying time in Class 2A.
Whitaker was also part of Escalante’s 400-meter relay team, which took first with a state-qualifying time of 53.94 seconds. Her teammates on that relay were Victoria Valdez, Tanisha Torres and Aubrie Hinds.
The Lady Lobos also won the 1600-meter relay. Valdez, who has cleared a state-qualifying height in the high jump, won that event at the Northern Rio Grande.
McCurdy Charter School finished fifth in the team standings with 5o points. Angie Arroyo won the 400-meter dash with a time of one minute, 7 seconds. Katelyn Tafoya won the javelin with a heave of 90 feet, 9 inches.
Teammate Rianna Griego is the only Lady Bobcat to qualify for state, tossing the javelin 100 feet, 10 inches at an earlier meet.
The Lady Bobcats will look to qualify more athletes and relay teams at the upcoming District 5AA meet.
Dulce High School scored 34 points to finish sixth. The Lady Hawks 1600-medley relay team of Amanda Cassador, Tunte Vigil, Aiyana Atencio and Vivian Amarillo took first place with a time of five minutes, 7 seconds.
Mesa Vista High School scored 27 points and finished seventh.
In Class A, the lone state-qualifier among local schools is Coronado High School’s Alia Vigil, who has the fastest state-qualifying time in the 400-meter dash of one minute, 4.06 seconds.
The Class 4A-6A state track and field meet will be held the week after (May 13-14) the Class A-3A state track and field meet. Pojoaque Valley High School will compete in Class 4A and Española Valley High School will compete in Class 5A.
The Pojoaque Elkettes have already qualified three relays for state. The team of Hailey Perez, Mariah Naranjo, Star Torres and Catherine Jiron were the latest to turn in a state-qualifying time, finishing second at the Taos Tiger Relays with a time of 1:51.81 April 23 at Taos. Pojoaque’s 1600-medley relay team of Naranjo, Torres, Espe Torres and Jenae Bobchak ran a state-qualifying time of 4:31.66 March 25 at Rio Rancho. Also at Rio Rancho, Pojoaque’s 1600-meter relay team of Star Torres, Naranjo, Bobchak and Jiron turned in a state-qualifying time of 4:18.92.
Jiron turned in her first state-qualifying efforts of the season in individual events at Taos. She finished second in the 100-meter dash with a state-qualifying time of 13.20 seconds. Jiron won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 5.5 inches. It was a personal record for her and the second-longest leap in the state in Class 4A this season.
Bobchak has already run a state-qualifying time of 2:25.87 in the 800-meter run. At Taos, she added a state-qualifying effort in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.70.
Espe Torres has qualified for state in the triple jump. Bianca Cole has cleared a state-qualifying height in the high jump.
The Pojoaque Elks have just one state-qualifier so far this season. Tevin Flowers cleared 6 feet in the high jump April 13 at Sandia Prep.
The Española Valley boys have two state qualifiers so far. Marcos Flores has a throw of 188 feet in the javelin, the second-farthest throw in the state in Class 5A. Gonzalo Almeida has a state-qualifying throw of 133 feet, 9 inches in the discus.
The Española Valley Lady Sundevils have not had a state qualifier yet. Nallely Hernandez is the favorite to win the 100-meter hurdles at the District 2-5A meet May 6 in Albuquerque. She should qualify for state there.
Española and Pojoaque will compete Friday at the Los Alamos Invitational track and field meet in Los Alamos.