Track and Field Heating Up

by Staff Reporter / Apr 10, 2018 / 0 comments
Mesa Vista’s Frankie Ortiz, shown here winning the 400-meter dash at the 2017 Class a-3A state track and field meet, has qualified for state in the long jump and 400-meter dash in 2018. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Track and Field Heating Up

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

With the Class A-3A state track and field meet less than a month away (May 5-6), small school athletes are pushing to peak at the right time while trying to turn in state-qualifying ties and distances in their respective events. Several have already qualified for state. Larger schools will have a week longer before they head to state and so far just one local athlete has qualified for the Class 4A-6A state track and field meet. Local schools participated in track and field meets throughout Northern New Mexico last week.

SHIPROCK INVITATIONAL

The Class 2A  Escalante High School boys and girls track and field teams competed at the Shiprock Invitational April 6 and both had strong performances competing against bigger schools. The boys team took second place in the team standings with 73 points. Zuni High School took first with 84.7 points and Kirtland Central High School was third with 70 points.

The Lobos had a particularly strong showing in the relay races. The team of Anthony Paul Martinez, Esteban Archuleta , Dante Salazar and Andres (AJ) Blea brought the baton home in first place with a time of 48.35 seconds in the 400-meter relay.

The Lobos added another first-place ribbon in the 800-meter relay. The team of Martinez, Archuleta, Antonio Baca and Blea finished with a time of one minute, 40.61 seconds (1:40.61) to bring home the gold.

Blea added first-place finishes in both hurdles races. He took first place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.22 seconds. In the 300-meter hurdles, his time of 42.65 seconds was good enough for first place. Blea has run state-qualifying times in both events this season.

The Lady Lobos were also strong in the relay events, taking second place in three-of-four relay races. The team of Tanisha Torrez, Sarah Hurd, Aubrie Hinds and Hailey Whittaker took second place in the 400-meter relay. Whittaker, Kyla Redwine, Hinds and Makeely Garcia took second place in the 800-meter relay. Hinds, Reina Terrazas, Natalia Baca and Torrez took second in the 1600-meter relay.

Whittaker took first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.74 seconds. She was second in the long jump. Whittaker is the defending state champion in the 300-meter hurdles. She has state-qualifying times in both hurdles events and a state-qualifying distance in the long jump so far this season.

Terrazas took first place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:10.38.

CARL GAMMAGE INVITATIONAL

McCurdy Charter School’s boys and girls track and field teams both finished in fourth place at the Carl Gammage Invitational April 7 at Cimarron. The boys scored 59 points and the girls 58.66 points.

Cimarron High School took first in the boys team standings with 104.5 points. Questa High School took first place in the girls team standings with 92.83 points.

Jacob Martinez took first place in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, .25 inches. He added a first-place finish in the triple jump, clearing 36 feet, 8 inches. Jacob Martinez has a state-qualifying distance of 20 feet, 3.25 inches in the long jump this season.

Ernesto Martinez took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.47 seconds. He also took second in the 100-meter dash. He has a state-qualifying time of 11.34 seconds in the 100-meter dash so far this season.

Alain Jayme took first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.74. He added a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run.

 

Nathaniel Garcia took first place in the javelin with a throw of 124 feet, 11 inches. He added a second place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

McCurdy’s best finish in the relay events was fifth place in the 1600-medley relay by the team of Joby Atencio, Andres Davis-Martinez, Isaiah Abeyta and Kodi Rodriguez.

Eighth-grader Gilbert Valdez of Penasco High School took first place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:08.44. He also took first place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:26.78

For the Lady Bobcats, the 1600-meter relay team of Angie Arroyo, Jeneva Serrano, Jayme Bustos and Marissa Sandoval took second place. The 1600-meter medley relay team of Isabella Espinoza, Serena Barela, Arroyo and Beatrix Salazar also took second place.

Sandoval and Bustos, along with Mosquero High School’s Haley King finished in a three-way tie for first place in the high jump. They all cleared a height of 4 feet, 6 inches. Bustos added a second-place finish in the 3200-meter run. Serrano was second in the 800-meter run.

Penasco High School’s Carly Gonzales swept all three distance races, winning the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs.

HARRY J. HAYES INVITATIONAL

Dulce High School and Coronado High School competed at the Harry J. Hayes Invitational April 7 at Bloomfield. The Dulce boys finished fourth with 26 points, while Coronado scored just one point.

Dulce’s Marvin Reval took first place in the discus with a heave of 110 feet, 10 inches. The Hawks got a workman-like effort from Vinson Veneno. Veneno took third in the 1600-meter run. He was also a member of the 400-meter relay team that took 6th place, the 800-meter relay team that took fourth place and the 1600-medley relay team that also took fourth place.

Alfonso Lovato scored Coronado’s lone point, finishing 6th in the 110-meter hurdles.

Coronado’s Alia Vigil won the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.63. She added a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Sol Vigil took third place in the 800-meter run and sixth place in the 1600-meter run. Molly McClellan was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the long jump. Together, they scored all of the Lady Leopards 18.5 points.

Dulce’s Julisa Christie finished fifth in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She also took fifth place in the javelin and ran on the 400-meter relay team that took fourth place. Tunte Vigil was third in the 400-meter run and sixth in the high jump. She also ran for the Lady Hawks on the 1600-meter relay and the 1600-meter medley relay, which finished fourth and second, respectively. Alancia Herrera ran on Dulce’s 400-meter and 1600-medley relay teams, as well as the 800-meter relay team that took third place. Estella Gomez also ran on three relays for the Lady Hawks, as did Tayshaun Largo. Dulce scored 37 points for fourth place in the team standings.

Escalante’s Hailey Whittaker, shown here winning the 300-meter hurdles at the 2017 Class A-3A state track and field meet, has qualified for state in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and long jump in 2018. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

JAGUAR INVITATIONAL

Espanola Valley High School and Mesa Vista High School competed at the Jaguar Invitational at Capital High School April 7 in Santa Fe.

Mesa Vista’s Frankie Ortiz won the long jump with a state-qualifying leap of 19 feet, 9.25 inches. He has a state-qualifying time in the 400-meter dash this season. He is the defending state champion in the Class 2A 400-meter dash.

The Trojans finished sixth in the 400-meter relay. Mesa Vista scored eight points.

Espanola Valley’s Nick Martinez won the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, 3 inches. He added a third-place finish in the discus.

Daylon Garcia took fifth in the 400-meter run for the Sundevils. Espanola finished fourth in the 800-meter relay and fourth in the 1600-medley relay. Espanola scored 26 points.

Mesa Vista’s Abrianna Griego turned in a state-qualifying time of 1:02.72 in the 400-meter run. She added another state-qualifying time of 2:35.22 in the 800-meter run. She finished second in both races. She was fifth in the 200-meter dash. She scored all of the Lady Trojans’ 12 points.

Espanola Valley’s Mia Jacquez took second in the discus. The Lady Sundevils finished sixth in the 400-meter and 1600-medley relays. They were fifth in the 800-meter relay. Espanola scored nine points.

GEORGE/LOVE INVITATIONAL

Pojoaque Valley High School competed at the George/Love Invitational April 6 at Portales.

The highlight for the Elks was John Hall finishing fourth with a state-qualifying time of 10:22.15 in the 3200-meter run.

Pojoaque’s Consuelo Quintana took sixth place in the girls 3200-meter run.