EVHS's Curtis Takes Third At State

by Staff Reporter / May 15, 2017 / comments
Espanola Valley’s Antoin Curtis took third place in the triple jump at the Class 5A state track and field meet May 13 in Albuquerque. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

EVHS's Curtis Takes Third At State

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Española Valley High School senior Antoin Curtis had dominated the 2017 track and field season in the triple jump event. Beginning with his first meet of the season March 11 at Bernalillo High School, where Curtis leapt 44 feet, 5 inches to qualify for the Class 5A state track and field meet, he had set the standard for that event. Curtis added the triple jump title at the prestigious Marilyn Sepulveda track and field meet April 17 in Albuquerque, where he leapt 44 feet, 9 inches. The Sepulveda meet features the best athletes from across the state competing in their respective events.

Heading into the Class 5A state track and field meet May 12-13 at the great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque, Curtis was still sitting on top of all the state qualifiers in the triple jump with the leap he’d had at Marilyn Sepulveda. He was the only athlete to represent Española Valley at state.

Curtis had been nursing an ankle injury all season long. He competed in the long jump on May 12, the opening day of the state track and field meet. It was not his best event and he was seeded eighth going into the event. That’s where he finished at state with a leap of 20 feet, 2.25 inches.

The triple jump was held the following day, May 13, at the state track and field meet. After fouling on his first two attempts, Curtis knew it was going to be a rough day.

“My ankle was just killing me,” Curtis said. “I honestly knew it was going to be a rough day.”

Fighting through the pain and the pressure of having to perform on his third and final jump in the preliminary round, Curtis was able to jump 41 feet, 2 inches that moved him into the finals of the triple jump. He got the eighth and last spot.

In the finals, Curtis had a leap of 40 feet, 2.25 inches on his first of three attempts. He fouled on his second attempt. Down to his final jump, Curtis uncorked his best effort of the day, a leap of 43 feet, 7.5 inches.

It was not enough. Alamogordo High School’s Chamar Norman had a leap of 43 feet, 8.25 inches. He took second place. Albuquerque Academy’s Lucas Jepsen took first place with an impressive leap of 46 feet, 2 inches. Curtis finished third.

“We were eighth coming into the finals and he got third,” Española Coach Julio Trujillo said. “He’s still a champ in my book.”

Curtis was subdued but gave credit to his competition.

“Good job to that dude from Albuquerque Academy (Jepsen),” Curtis said. “I’m highly disappointed. I wasn’t able to push through it. Ain’t nothing that could be done about it. I want to thank everyone who still had faith in me.”

Curtis plans on attending college and will try to continue his career at the next level.