Class 1A-2A state track capsules

Floyd eighth-grader Jesus Davalos, left, Fort Sumner senior Jeremy Gauna, middle, and Melrose senior Cedar Rush battle during the District 4-1A track meet last weekend at Fort Sumner. (De Baca County News: Scot Stinnett)

CNJ staff

A look at this weekend’s Class 1A-2A state track at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.


Class 1A


Boys

Favorites – Hagerman, Fort Sumner

Fort Sumner

Outlook – Only Hagerman stands in the way of the Foxes’ bid for a fourth-straight title. The Bobcats are loaded in the relays and field events. Fort Sumner counters with a strong group of hurdlers and several solid relay teams.

Searching for gold
— Senior Jeremy Gauna is defending champion in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
— Senior Derek Dimitroff won state javelin title as a sophomore and finished seconds last year.
— Senior Ryan Fikany is the defending state champion in the pole vault but has been injured.
— 400 and 800 relays both qualified close second to Hagerman

Medal hunt
Richard Canales, sr., 800, long jump; Brenton Williamson, sr., 110 hurdles; Gauna, high jump; Dimitroff, shot; Cass Dimitroff, so., high jump, 1,600 relay.

Coach’s comment: “It means a lot to our seniors. They have never lost a state track meet.” — Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel.

Melrose

Outlook — Losing senior standout Carlos Ruiz for disciplinary reasons will likely cost Melrose a top-three finish. Top five is not out of question.

Searching for gold
— Senior Cedar Rush is the only runner in Class 1A or 2A to break the 23-second mark in the 200 and is the defending champion in the 400.

Medal hunt
Adam Hairgrove, so., triple jump; Jose Arenivar, jr., shot; medley relay.

Coach’s comment: “I think there’s some places we can pick up some points, but there’s such a big difference between first and second and the rest of the field.” — Melrose coach Dickie Roybal

Clovis Christian

Outlook — Clovis Christian won the district track title, but the second-year program is still a few years away from state contention. All five seniors on the team qualified for state.

Searching for gold
— Sophomore Keeson Bell is ranked third in the high jump.

Medal hunt
Dustin Handley, sr.., 800; 1,600 relay (Handley, Matt Young, Bell, Daniello Knierim)

Coach’s comment: “Our goal is to get on the podium in the relays.” — Clovis Christian coach Jason Swann

Others to watch: Brian Norris, so., 400, relays; Stephen Jocham, Gallup Catholic, 800, 1600; Joey Snider, sr., Reserve, javelin, discus

Girls

Favorites — Cimarron, Floyd, Animas, Fort Sumner

Fort Sumner

Outlook — The Vixens won state two years ago and placed second last year, but injuries will keep Fort Sumner from competing with defending champion Cimarron.

Searching for gold
— Junior Laurel Herrera is one of the state’s best in the javelin and discus.
— Freshman Justine McMath has the state’s best time in the 800.

Medal hunt
Julie Wood, sr., shot put; DeLane Luce, jr., shot put, javelin, discus; Carrie Cortese, jr., high jump; Katelyn Schade, fr., 100, 400; Herrera, discus

Coach’s comment: “We’ve got a real good chance to come home with a trophy if everyone competes.” — Fort Sumner coach Brian Fortner

Clovis Christian

Outlook — The Lady Eagles are still in building mode.

Medal hunt
Cristen Wofford, So, 400.

Grady

Medal hunt
Heather Blackburn, Sr., javelin

Melrose

Medal hunt
Zanessa Dodd, Jr., pole vault, 100 hurdles; Laura Graham, so., javelin

Others to watch: Kelli Johnson, sr., Floyd, 1600, 3200; Stacy McCoy, sr., Mountainair, 200, 300 hurdles; Laura Pharies, so., Roy, 100, 200, 400, long jump


Class 2A

Boys

Favorites — Tucumcari, Hatch Valley, Lordsburg

Texico

Outlook — After finishing third last year, Texico is hoping for Top 10 finish.

Medal hunt
Justin Garrison, sr., long jump; Mario Posada, sr., triple jump; medley relay

Coach’s comment: “We’re hoping to get a few kids to the finals and the podium.” – Texico coach Randy Zarate

Others to watch: Colton Cobb, jr., Estancia, 200, 400, triple jump; Daniel Gooris, Rehoboth, pole vault; Michael Otero, sr. Estancia, discus

Girls

Favorite — Santa Fe Prep

Texico

Outlook — Lacking depth to compete for a state title, fifth or sixth would be a good showing for the Lady Wolverines.

Searching for gold
— Senior Sklyer Cockerham is tied for the second-best mark in the pole vault at 8-6. The best mark is 9-0.

Medal hunt
Lori Richardson, sr, javelin; Brooke Bailey, so., shot; Zandi Queener, jr., discus; 1600 relay (Bryn Mayfield, Lisa Vidal, Victoria Richards, Zandi Queener)

Coach’s comment: “We don’t have a lot of individual depth but we’re pretty strong in the field events.” — Texico coach Mike Littlejohn.

Others to watch — Lily Miller, 8th grade, Santa Fe Prep, 100, 200, long jump; Traci Lopez, Santa Fe Prep, 400, 800, high jump