2021 4A State Track and Field Championships: Boys Recap

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We know we are back to state track and field action in 4A when we Have Los Alamos and ABQ Academy back at it competing for medals. In this 2021 edition, we see a rare sweep of distance events, season favorites shine and surprising new stars among the crowd. 

Rafael Sanchez takes 800m,1600m & 3200m in 4A

Rafael Sanchez was in the Zone 

Winning a single event among the 4A ranks is a challenging task in itself but for Rafael Sanchez to start his day with a 3200m victory and to then continue the trend is extraordinary. Sanchez would come back later in the 800m with a personal best at 2:01 and sitting at 4th on the heat sheet, he outleaned the #1 seed Joaquin Deprez as the pair both went 1:59 for a fantastic finish. For his final event of the day, he would find himself in a tactically slowed pace of the 1600m which would include a last-lap burst from ABQ Academy's Justin Hickey in an attempt to burn out Sanchez who just a so much left in the tank to give as he would yet again find himself crossing the finish line victorious in 4:42.

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Goddard Rockets go 1-2 in the 100m, Hope Christian's Jenkins sub 50 in the 400m to get Win

The start of the sprints included Goddard's Javyn Morales and Jayden Abernathy proving why they were seeded at two of the top three in the state as they sprinted away with a state title and runner-up performance in 11.23 and 11.31 with Cameron Crawford in 3rd and James Jenkins in 4th. The 200m would be Lovington's 4th seeded Adam Aguilera outlasting a challenge from Los Alamos Tyler Weiss takes the win in 22.40. James Jenkins would finally get his state title in the 400m which included a personal best of 49.94.

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Ennis nabs Long & Triple Jump titles, St.Pius' Godshall takes High Jump

Bernalillo's Nolan Ennis found a way to win both long and triple jump from some narrow margins with a leap of 22-00.75 and 43-09.75 just over Ethan Beevers and Tristan McNeal's runner-up marks. Joseph Godshall would find himself on top in the high jump over talented Traise Cain and James Jenkins. Godshall would win the day with a leap of 6-2. 

Traise Cain on Winning 110mh & Pole Vault, Juggling multiple events

Cain Finds the podium several times

Traise Cain entered this championship in at least three events and would come home with two state titles including the 110m hurdles and pole vault. After a 4th place finish in the high jump, Cain found success in the 110m hurdles and then once again taking the pole vault with a vault of 13-6 and another 4th place finish in the 300m hurdles. 

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Berndt proves why he was the #1 Seed, Tramell and Marquez win their specialty 

Los Alamos senior Max Berndt went into the state championships with a target on his back being the #1 seed and followed through as you could expect. Berndt launched three throws that could have won him shot put settled with a 49-04 to secure him a gold medal. In the discus, it was Lovington's Alex Tramell overcoming Berndt this time for his first title and Justin Hazel to sit in 3rd place. Del Norte's Adrian Marquez launch of 166-3 put him in first over Kirtland Central's Troy White-David to end the day.

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Plenty of teams exchanged being on top of the podium in the relays with Kirtland Central taking 4x100m, ABQ Academy in the 4x800m and 4x400m, and Goddard in the 4x200m but it would be Los Alamos consistency to remain among the top three of every relay along with taking the sprint medley that was most crucial in the final standings.

Boys Team Standings

1 Los Alamos High School LAHS 99
2 Abq Academy ACAD 80
3 Lovington High School LTON 38
4 Hope Christian High School HOPE 35
5 Goddard High School GODD 34
6 Bernalillo High School BERN 33
7 Kirtland Central High School KCHS 30
7 Portales High School PORT 30
9 Bloomfield High School BLOM 22
10 Moriarty High School MRTY 15
11 St. Pius X High School SPX 12
12 Del Norte High School DNHS 10
13 Santa Teresa High School STHS 9
13 Aztec High School AZTC 9
13 Artesia High School ARTS 9
16 Highland High School HLND 8
17 Taos High School TAOS 6
18 Miyamura High School MIYA 3
18 Belen High School BELN 3