Lady Cats dominate in Carlsbad

CNJ staff

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats dominated the Cavern City Classic, scoring 61 more points than the other three teams combined.

The Lady Cats won 14 of the 19 events, including sweeping the first three places in the pole vault and javelin, and taking the top five places in the high jump on Friday at the Cavern City Classic.

In all, the Lady Cats scored 243 points. Hobbs finished second with 101.

Clovis first-place finishers included Brittany Blackmon in the high jump, Hali Weekly in the pole vault, Ebony Bunton in the long jump, Kacee Escobar in the shot, Aimee Hilburn in the javelin, Heather Malloy in the 100 meters, Tara Dewitt in the 200, Kourtnie Cole in the 400, and Kim Perkins in the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles.

The Lady Cats also took first in the 400, 800 and 1600 medley relays.

The Clovis boys placed second, scoring 145 points. Carlsbad won with 201 1/2.

“We did all right,” Clovis coach Darren Kelley said. “Carlsbad just outmanned us.”

Kelley said the biggest thing to come out of Friday’s meet was Brandon Baker qualifying for the state meet in the pole vault.

“This is the first time we’ve had a qualifier in the pole vault in five or six years,” Kelley said.

Friday was the last track meet for Clovis before next weekend’s District 4-5A meet at Hobbs.

“We’ll have a tough time beating Carlsbad,” Kelley said. “Our goal next week is to compete. We’re going to make them work for it.”

Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles took first in the long jump and triple jump. Michael Cohen and Taylor Muse finished 1-2 in the shot put, and Clovis also earned the top spot in the 1600 medley.