CHS teams qualify four events at Hobbs


HOBBS — Clovis High’s track teams qualified two events for state in both boys and girls competition in Tuesday’s Hobbs qualifier.

Both boys qualifiers came in winning efforts — the medley relay team of Tanner Williams, Phillip Williams, Jacob Jones and Matt Loewen, which ran 3:37.16, and freshman Manuel Robles in high jump at 6-2.

“We were trying to get Brian Mead (qualified) in the 110 (hurdles) and Damian Robinson in the 300s,” CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said. “Hopefully, they’ll get qualified Friday (at Carlsbad).”

The girls qualified their medley relay with Heather Malloy, Kim Perkins, Vanessa O’Neal and eighth-grader Caitlin Watters running 4:18.78.

Also, freshman Kaneisha Beachum finished third in a competitive discus event with a qualifying throw of 110-1, giving the Lady Wildcats four state qualifiers in that event. The already-qualified Kacee Escobar finished second at 110-1 1/2, 2 1/2 inches out of first.

“Beachum’s throw was a nice surprise,” CHS girls coach Darrel Ray said. “We’re knocking on the door in two or three other events. Maybe Friday or at the (District 4-5A) meet, we’ll get them qualified.”

He said junior Aimee Hilburn came up three inches short of qualifying in javelin, placing third at 107-9.

Other winning events for the boys included Phillip Williams in long jump (21-10), Matt Jennings in discus (132-3) and the 800 relay with Rashard Matthews, Robles, Tanner Fickling and Mead (1:33.0).

The girls also picked up wins from Kim Perkins in triple jump (34-0 3/4), Ebony Bunton in high jump (5-4) and long jump (16-3) and the 400 relay with Heather Malloy, Perkins, Vanessa O’Neal and eighth-grader Caitlin Waters (50.12).