SUMMER TRACK: CHS grad Perkins qualifies for national meet

CNJ staff

EL PASO — Recent Clovis High graduate Kim Perkins qualified for national competition in two events over the weekend by placing in the Region X USA track and field youth championships at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Perkins placed second in the 17-18 girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:05.07, and was third in the 200 in 25.83 seconds. It is the third year in a row she has qualified for summer national competition in the 400 hurdles.

The top three finishers in each event qualify for nationals, scheduled for July 25-30 at Baltimore.

CHS assistant track coach Derico Cooper took seven other athletes to the regional meet, with four of them reaching the finals.

Lauren McDaniel, who will be a junior in the fall, placed sixth in the 15-16 division girls 200 (26.68 and eighth in the 100 (13.13). Another junior, Bianca Hampton, was nipped for third place in the 17-18 girls 100 hurdles, finishing fourth in 16.67, and placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:14.0).

“Bianca was the most improved of all my athletes this summer,” Cooper said. “She just barely missed going (in the 100 hurdles).”

Tara Dewitt, who will be a freshman at Yucca Junior High, came in seventh in the 15-16 girls 200 in 26.75 while senior-to-be Charles Moon placed seventh in the 17-18 boys 400 with a time of 52.66.

A 17-18 boys 400 relay team consisting of Moon and Belen runners Marcus Jones, Kenyatta Carter and Brett Garner finished fifth in Sunday’s finals in 43.55.

Other athletes who competed in the two-day event but didn’t reach the finals were Stefan Mills in the 15-16 boys 200 and 400, Alexa Hampton in the 13-14 girls 200 and 400 and Jaylen Harris in the 9-10 girls 100.

Dewitt also competed on Saturday in the 15-16 girls 100.