New Mexico closes out March

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Friends don't let friends mess with Foley, Pulliam, and Mercer in a 3x1600. Photo by Blake Wood.

I wanted to hold off this article until I was pretty sure I'd received all the results from the final weekend in March that I was going to receive. That's probably the case now, so it's time to start writing about what we learned this last weekend. 

 

Cleveland Storm Relays

There are a lot of meets in New Mexico that have retained the "Relays" nomenclature, but this meet actually made the attempt to run as a more or less full-fledged relays meet. If you dig through the results, some of those relays are clearly not labeled properly, but that undoubtedly has more to do with the limitations of the scoring software used than confusion on the part of the meet management about what events they were running. 

A relays meet, of course, also has a tendency to cloak some of the bigger individual performances, but we were able to extract a few, as shown below. Assuming FAT timing, we'll take special note of the 100s posted by Nia Powdrell and Dante Hernandez. We'll take special note of Rio Rancho's blazing 4x200, and we'll take note of the javelin toss by Kian Homme that had exceptional hang time.

Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights

Eastlake Invitational

Finding no place suitably close in New Mexico that was hosting a large-school meet, Alamogordo made a run for the border and competed in Texas this weekend. They know the route pretty well by now. But, honestly, this was kind of a thinned out Tiger team that made the trip. The most noteworthy performances I could find in the results were a 1:48 4x200 for the girls, a 50.13 400 for Mark Haywood, a 138-3 discus toss for Riley Finnegan, and a 13-0 pole vault for Archie Hatol. Alexandria Adams qualified for, but skipped both hurdles finals. 

Meet Results

Boys Highlights

Gene Wells Relays

The big meet in southeastern New Mexico this past weekend was in Hobbs, which probably was part of what made the trip to El Paso attractive for Alamogordo.

Celebrating their home meet, the Hobbs boys took the first four places in the 3200, going Oregon, Porras, Madrid, and Sepulveda. The intramural contest boasted times ranging from 10:07 to 10:27. Kolin Zembas dominated the 110s, as is becoming his custom in races in these parts. The high jump saw a winner out of Ruidoso, with Travis Moshier jumping 6-2. Matthew Carr tripled Ruidoso's fun with wins in the shot put and discus. In news that's not really news, Lovington's Colton Rice and Tanner Gandy went 1-2 in the pole vault. Word about Steven Duran coming down out of Albuquerque got around and evidently fired up Samuel Carrasco. The two raced to what may have been the best 800 yet in New Mexico this season, with Duran running 1:56 and change for the win over Carrasco's 1:57 and change. The 22.58 200 posted by Travis Kessler out of Carlsbad was also impressive.

For the girls, top marks included 16-0 long jumps for Andi Harrelson and Tiffany Cano, a 130-11 javelin for Alexis Aguirre, an 11:20 3200 for Kelli Reagan that lapped almost the entire field, a pair of sub-60 400s for Cano and Shalom Keller, a 26.91 200 for Patience Kennedy-, and a 5:23 mile for Kelli Reagan. I'm guessing that Reagan got the best sleep on the St. Pius bus ride back home.

Without a doubt, this ranks among the best meets in New Mexico this season.

Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights

Golden Spike Classic

This was a weekday affair, mostly for the Santa Fe area folks. The Capital (boys) and Santa Fe (girls) posted nice 4x100s. Samantha Woodman won the 100 with a nice mark, but right behind her was a speedy teammate we've not yet noted this year--Shantal Roybal. Add another to the stable of speed Demons. The boys 100 times were also kind of exceptional, but I'm going to wait until these guys show up in a FAT meet before getting too excited about the possibilities. It is worth noting, however, that Alexis Romo had a very big meet of it--dominating the 100, 200, and long jump. That could be interpreted at a shot over the bow of the Good Ship 2A.

Distance times were kind of pedestrian at this meet. That isn't to say they could have walked those times, only that they were more of the ordinary variety considering some of the competitors involved. The St. Michael's Hochanadels put on their usual throwing clinic.

Meet Results

Boys Highlights

Valencia Invitational

I'll go on record as remarking that this meet drew a lot better than I expected it to being up against the Cleveland Storm Relays. Not only did it draw well, it turned up some very nice performances for all of those draws as well. 

Capital's Hunter Ferguson had a nice day with a 1-2 in the 100-200, but it was Joshua Burbank who was untouchable in the 200. East Mountain's Alex Heffelfinger laid down the law in the 800, sending another 2A warning shot over the bow in the process. The Belen duo of Garcia and Valenzuela traded wins in the 1600 and 3200. I'm not sure if there's some give-and-take there or if that's just the way it's working out this season. Los Lunas junior Daniel Hammon enjoyed a double win in the hurdle events. And, Valencia's 4x100 time was simply blazing at 43.33. I'm guessing you'll get to see them at state.

Among the girls, Cera Chavez and Alexis Lafave were back to doing what they do best, winning sprint titles. We saw Molly Klein at a shorter-than-usual distance and, frankly, her 400 looks pretty good. So does her 800, for that matter. Aubri Wrye gave a clinic on small-school distance. And Jazmine Chosa beat out Amaris Blount in a rarely seen battle of shot put Titans from very different classifications. 

Meet Results

Girls Highlights

Valencia JV Invitational

Among those making their bids for varsity slots next week were Jacob Lash of Belen, Ricky Cisneros of Moriarty, Madison Casillas of Los Lunas, Olivia Moore of Los Lunas, and Angelica Montoya of Robertson. Considering that a few of those names belong to 8th graders, New Mexico track and field has a lot to look forward to the next four years. 

Zuni Delakwayi Invitational

Out in the far western reaches of the state, Zuni hosted their annual affair. 

Cassius Corley was way out in front of everyone in the 100 and the jumps, as was Alexander Taylor in the 800 and 1600. But, pay attention to the name of Jethro Masangya of Zuni in the 2A shot put. 

Grants outshines Zuni for both team titles.

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