Grady senior Jarrod Lindsey competes in the finals of the Class 1A track and field championships Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. Staff photo: John Eisel
ALBUQUERQUE — All Fort Sumner need to do to win its third straight Class 1A state track title was finish no worse than sixth in the 1,600-meter relay.
So much for settling.
The Foxes breezed to an easy win the relay and finished 10 points ahead of runnerup Jal. The schools came into the final event that ended the two-day meet at the University of New Mexico tied with 57 points.
Fort Sumner used 1-2 finishes by Jeremy Gauna and Tim Segura in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles to build an early lead, then held off Jal.
“I’m sure it was a close meet throughout,” said Segura, a senior. “Whoever fights the most, whoever wants it the most, gets it.”
It’s the 15th track title for the Fort Sumner boys team.
Melrose finished third with 51 points behind a stellar performance by junior Carlos Ruiz, who won five gold medals.
Ruiz took the 100 and 200 meters, long jump, triple jump, and ran the anchor leg on the Buffalo’s 400 relay.
“Our kids did awesome,” Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said. “We came up and performed the best we could.”
Cedar Rush added a win for the Buffs in the 400.
Other top performances turned in by area athletes included:
* Jarrod Lindsey, Grady, first in the javelin;
* Derek Dimitroff, Fort Sumner, second in the javelin;
* Ryan Fikany, Fort Sumner, third in the pole vault;
* Cass Dimitroff, Fort Sumner, third in the high jump.