Texico senior Logan Brown launches a shot in the shot put Saturday at the Class 2A state track and field meet at the University of New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: John Eisel
By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent
ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not often that three freshmen can bring a high school senior to tears.
But Texico’s Amber Parmer certainly shed a few after her younger teammates revealed their major motivation in winning the 1,600-meter relay.
“We ran this race for Amber,” said frosh Barbara Vidal, who ran the Wolverines’ anchor leg.
Vidal, as well as cousins Bryn Mayfield and Micah Mayfield, combined with Parmer for one of Texico’s gold medals Saturday at the Class 2A state meet.
Parmer, bothered by a knee injury, overcame that problem by taking the individual 400 meters in fairly dramatic fashion.
Nursing a lead of up to 5 yards, Parmer was caught in the final turn by Hope Christian’s Makenzi Williamson. But the Texico senior fought hard to stave off the challenge and finally pulled away in the last few meters for the victory.
“We were just neck-and-neck out there,” Parmer said. “When I passed her the last time, I had a feeling that somebody was then going to come up on the other side.”
Earlier, Parmer’s knee contributed to one result she considered disappointing — a fifth-place finish in the long jump. Later, Parmer would also finish third in the 200.
“It just started hurting when I was warming up for the long jump,” Parmer said.
Texico finish third in the meet with 39 points. Hope Christian took the 2A title with 76 points while Santa Fe Prep grabbed second after amassing 46 points.
“It was crazy. I was just zoning out everything out there the whole way,” said Vidal on the turn for home in the relay victory. “It was intense — I think it was that way for all of us.”
Texico’s best result in the boys competition came when Braden Vaughan dueled with Cloudcroft’s Logan Capps in the javelin. While Vaughan may have come out on top in the football season (Texico beat Cloudcroft in the state championship game), this battle of quarterbacks was won by Capps.
Vaughan, who also competed in the shot put (10th) and discus (8th), threw the javelin 168 feet, 5 inches but was eclipsed by Capps’ hurl of 175-7.
“He got me on the second-to-the-last throw,” said Vaughan, a senior plans to play at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Texas. “It’s pretty disappointing. I don’t like to lose very much.”