Cats’ Robles finishes second in high jump, long jump

CNJ staff

AMARILLO — Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles finished second in both high jump and long jump and the Clovis track team qualified for the finals of six events Friday in the Amarillo Relays.

Robles was already state-qualified in both long jump and triple jump, but he needed to clear 6-2 in the high jump to qualify in that event. He jumped 6-6 in the finals.

“It’s fun to watch him,” Clovis boys coach Darren Kelley said.

The Wildcats will compete in four boys’ and two girls’ finals today.

“We’re pretty happy with that,” Kelley said. “It’s hard to make it to the finals here because you have to be in the top six because there are only six lanes.”

Junior Brian Mead will run in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles. Mead, Steven Mills, Robles, and Tanner Fickling will compete in the 800 relay finals, and Fickling will run in the finals of the 200 and 400 meters.

“We competed well,” Kelley said. “We’re not overly fast, but we competed well.”

The Lady Wildcats qualified for the finals of the 400 relay, and senior Kimberly Perkins will run in the finals of the 300 hurdles.