Lady Cats win first meet of season

CNJ staff

PLAINVIEW, Texas — On a cold, windy, “miserable” day, the Clovis girls won the Plainview Invitational on Friday and the boys took fourth.

In her first meet of the season, sophomore Ebony Bunton took first and qualified for state in high jump by going 5-foot-4. Also, Bunton and senior Vanessa O’Neal put up state-qualifying marks in the long jump while placing third and fourth, respectively.

Clovis coach Darrel Ray said Bunton’s high jump was something special.

“I checked the NMAA website,” Ray said. “And unless someone did it this weekend, (Bunton’s jump) was the best in Class 5A this year. And that was into the wind, mind you. I was really impressed.”

Clovis senior Kim Perkins was also key to the Lady Cats’ win, finishing first in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, and setting a new school record while taking first in the triple jump with a mark of 36 1/2 feet.

Sophomore Lauren McDaniel also got first place points for the Lady Cats, winning the 200-meters.

Ray said he was not desperate for his team to win the meet. He just wanted everyone to survive the cold weather without injury.

“It was a good mid-season meet,” Ray said. “We had good work, maybe not good times, but good work.”

The boys got first-place finishes by Manuel Robles in triple jump, Diondre Hunter in the 300-meter hurdles, and Brian Mead, Stefan Mills, Robles and Tanner Fickling in the 800-meter relay.

“The kids did a great job, even though it was miserable out there,” Clovis coach Darren Kelley said. “We were just saying, ‘Let’s just get done, not get anyone hurt, and get out of here.’”