Catch up with Pojoaque's Amanda Babicke (if you can) at the Taos meet this weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
It's yet another busy weekend of track and field action across the state of New Mexico. And, for the 1A and 2A teams in the state, this is the final weekend of invitational action before district meets. So, it's not the last chance to make your statements, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.
Closer to the center of the state, Taos and Hope Christian (Mark Shumate) figure to divide up the 3A-and-under school crowd from the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. Of the two meets, Taos figures to be somewhat the larger. Hope Christian's meet travels a short distance across town to be hosted at the Menaul track.
Bloomfield takes center stage in the northwestern corner of the state. Most of San Juan County, and probably a little beyond, figures to be at Bobcat Stadium. There should be plenty of interesting results coming out of this one with the schools in this region looking particularly solid this spring.
Between Tucumcari and Melrose (EPAC) the schools of eastern New Mexico figure to come under one of two umbrellas. And, of course, there might be a school or two doubling up on these umbrellas since the EPAC falls on Thursday and the Tucumcari Rattler Relays on Saturday. Fort Sumner has been a bit quieter this year than in recent years, but it's about the time of year that the Fort Sumner machine starts to rev up. The EPAC meet should be a good showcase for what they have this spring.
Up north, the schools that don't head to Bloomfield or Taos figure to end up at the NRG meet at Mesa Vista, or a few may sneak across the border to run in Alamosa, Colorado, at the High Altitude Challenge.
As best as I can figure it, that pretty well covers the state--with the exception, of course, of the Richard Harper Invitational at Albuquerque Academy. But, we've already talked about that one.
As always, the invitation goes out to send results this direction. For those using Hy-Tek to manage their meets, the directions for sending results that can be easily posted to these pages are included below: