Northern Schools Bring Back Medals

by Editor / May 20, 2018 / 0 comments
McCurdy's Ernesto Martinez (#3) barely missed finishing first in the Class 3A boys 100-meter dash. Dexter's Gustavo Macias took forst by .03 seconds. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Northern Athletes Bring Back Medals

McCurdy Charter School junior Ernesto Martinez had a roller coaster ride at the Class A-3A state track and field meet May 5 at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque. Entering the finals of the Class 3A boys 100-meter dash, he had the third fastest time.

In the finals, Martinez and Dexter High School’s Gustavo Macias were neck and neck at the finish line with Academy for Technology and the Classics’ Ahbedoh Whiteeagle breathing down their necks.  By just .03 seconds, Macias took first place with a time of 11.34 seconds. Martinez grabbed second place with a time of 11.37 seconds. To determine whether Whiteeeagle or Martinez had been second or third, it came down to event smaller fractions of a second. Martinez took second with a time of 11.362 seconds to Whiteeagles’s 11.370 seconds.

“I wish the race had been a little bit longer,” Martinez said. “I think I would have had him.”

Martinez would get a chance to see how he’d do in a longer race. He was going to run in the finals of the Class 3A 200-meter dash later that day.

Martinez had the third-fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash, just .07 seconds slower than Macias. Martinez will never know how he would have done since just after the start, he collapsed on the track grabbing his left thigh. He had pulled his hamstring muscle. McCurdy Coaches Cecil Brown and Cecilia Brown raced to him.

“I could feel it pop,” Martinez said.

Maybe next year, Martinez will find that extra few fractions of a second and the hamstring will be stronger.

                                                                                More, Questa take medals in relays

Mora High School scored 16 points, with 14 of those points coming from strong showings in the 1600-meter medley relay and the 1600-meter relay.

In the 1600-medley, the team of Aniceto Chavez, Carlos Muller, Jerome Pacheco and Carlos Arellano took second place with a time of three minutes, 56.77 seconds, just four seconds behind Fort Sumner High School.

Hot on Mora’s heels was District -2A rival Questa High School. The team of Isaac Martinez, Gabriel Hernandez, Miguel Romero and Derek Vialpando was less than a second behind Mora. That earned the Wildcats six of their total of 10 team points earned at the meet.

The Mora Rangers also scored six points in the 1600-meter relay. The team of Chavez, Danny Martinez, Arellano and Pacheco finished third behind Mountainair High School and Fort Sumner. They were five seconds behind Fort Sumner and just .08 seconds behind Mountainair.

Mora’s Dalton Breault scored two points for Mora with a fifth-place finish in the high jump.

Questa picked up four points when their 800-meter relay team of Isaac Martinez, Hernandez, Jonathan Rivera and Romero took fourth place.

                                                                                                Pecos earns 20 points in one event

Pecos High School scored 38 points and finished fifth in the Class 3A team standings. A dominating performance in the Class 3A boys 3200-meter run boosted the Panthers score.

Isaiah Armijo took first place with a time of 10 minutes, 11.19 seconds and teammate Angel Varela was nine seconds behind in second place. Josh DeHerrera came in third and Michael Montano finished fourth. When Devin Gonzales grabbed sixth place, Pecos had scored a total of 20 points in that event.

Pecos also picked up 12 points in the 1600-meter run. Armijo took second place ,DeHerrera third and Varela fourth.

                                                                                                Penasco scores five points

Penasco High School scored five points at the Class A-3A state track and field meet. Matthew Lopez uncorked a throw of 142 feet, 8 inches in the Class 2A  javelin to finish third. Eighth-grader Gilbert Valdez took sixth place in the Class 2A boys 3200-meter run.