Muleshoe’s Withrow captures four medals

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer AUSTIN, Texas — Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow capped off her illustrious prep track career Friday with two gold medals and two silver medals at the Class 3A state track tournament at the University of Texas. Withrow won the high jump (5-foot-8) and 100-meter hurdles (14.75) and was second in […]

Cats set for state

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Clovis High School senior Danian Robinson, left, watches as freshman Deandre Hunter gets out of the blocks as the two work on their 300 meter hurdles Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Tanner Fickling says he’s sensed a change this week in the […]

Dead heat in girls 5A track meet

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Clovis High junior Kim Perkins, right, running a 200 meter in practice with teammate Vanessa O’Neal, will compete in the triple jump, 200 meters, 100 and 300 hurdles at the Class 5A state tournament Friday and Saturday. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When talking about Friday and Saturday’s Class 5A […]

Experience paying off for Ortiz

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Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz enters this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state track meet in Austin ranked near the top in his class in the 1,600 and 3,200. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Preparing for his third trip to the Texas state track meet, Bovina senior Edgar Ortiz has become […]

Williams, Wildcats waltz in 4-5A meet

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Apparently, the Clovis High boys track team left it all on the track. After rolling up 11 event wins and cruising to a margin of nearly 60 points over runnerup Carlsbad in the District 4-5A meet Friday and Saturday, the Wildcats were apparently too tired to celebrate. “The guys went to […]

Cats roll to team titles in Carlsbad

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — The Clovis boys and girls teams came up with convincing wins Friday at the Cavern City Classic. Clovis senior Phillip Williams picked up three wins as the Wildcats finished with 147 points. Carlsbad was second with 127. The Lady Wildcats won five of eight running events plus two relays while racking […]

Withrow, Ortiz advance to Texas state track meet

CNJ STAFF Seniors Jessica Withrow of Muleshoe and Edgar Ortiz of Bovina will represent the area in Texas high school state track competition, scheduled for May 12-14 at the University of Texas in Austin. Withrow won two events and placed second in two others in the Region I-3A meet over the weekend at Odessa, including […]

Muleshoe champ hopes for one last landing at state

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Muleshoe senior Jessica Withrow has a state championship and several runnerup finishes to her credit in the past two years. Lady Mules coach Benjie Jay hopes she can put herself in position for a big state finish at this weekend’s Region I-3A track competition at Odessa. Withrow leads a […]

Clovis sizing up possible state contenders

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Clovis High School senior Jacob Jones, left, and junior Tanner Fickling work on relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the weeks leading up to the state track meet, there’s a few chances for teams to size each other up. Friday night in Clovis is […]

CHS’ Perkins wins 300 hurdles at elite meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Kim Perkins led a solid Clovis effort by winning the 300-meter hurdles Monday at the Mary Sepulveda Invitational track meet at the University of New Mexico. Perkins won the race in a time of 47.1 seconds in a meet featuring the top eight performers in each event in the state. Senior […]

CHS track teams second in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Both the Clovis boys and girls track teams opened its season by finishing second to Alamogordo at the Carlsbad Invitational on Saturday. For the Wildcats, Damien Robinson won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Robinson’s time of 14.92 seconds in the 110M automatically qualifies him for the state meet at the […]

CHS’ Perkins gears for Junior Olympics nationals

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Kim Perkins works on her starts in the 400 hurdles this week as she practices for Junior Olympics national competition in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Kim Perkins didn’t know she’d be working so hard in track this summer. Perkins, who will be a junior this fall at Clovis High, finished […]

Ex-CHS star falls short in Olympic trials

CNJ STAFF SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Clovis High track star Ryan Tolbert-Jackson failed to qualify for the 400-meter hurdle finals Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Tolbert-Jackson, the 1997 NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles at Vanderbilt, finished sixth in her heat and 11th over among the 16 semifinalist with a […]

Lady Cats counting on relay wins

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(Counter clockwise) Clovis freshman Lorena Garza, sophomore Renata Porterfield, senior Vanessa Vaca, freshman Kacee Escobar, sophomore Aimee Hilburn and senior Tyisha Brown have all qualified for state this weekend. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner It’s bear-hunting time for the Clovis High Lady Wildcats. Specifically, “Lady Bears,” as in La Cueva. CHS girls track […]

Young Lady Cats step up

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Clovis High junior Cristin Vick cleared 9-6 on Friday to win the District 4-5A girls pole vault at Leon Williams Stadium. Photo by Rick White By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray knew if his team performed well, it would certainly have a chance for a District 4-5A track title. The Lady Wildcats got most of the […]

Fort Sumner sweeps 1A track titles

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Junior Tobea Patterson helped Fort Sumner’s girls finish third in the Class 1A state medley relay. Photo by Andrew Chavez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE — Consensus can be a hard thing to come by in a small town melting pot like Fort Sumner. Unless you’re talking about the town’s youth. Then everyone’s on the same […]

Depth carries La Cueva girls to win

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Clovis freshman Kela Williams was unable to score in a deep field in the 100-meter hurdles. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner No one individual dominated the girls division of Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, and that suited La Cueva coach Jim Ciccarello just fine. The Lady Bears spread the points […]

Withrow gets a jump on track

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Muleshoe High School junior Jessica Withrow, seen here hurdling over Lady Mules coach Benji Jay, finished second in the 300 meter hurdles at state in 2003. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White MULESHOE — Jessica Withrow decided to get a jump on the track season by giving up basketball. The move appears to be […]

Freak fall costly for Lady Cats

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darrel Ray didn’t hide his disappointment after the Lady Wildcats finished third at Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet. “We came up here with one goal and that was to win the state championship,” Ray said. “And when you don’t reach your goal, it’s disappointing.” Cibola took advantage […]

Clovis sweeps team titles

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High cruised to a sweep of team titles in the District 4-5A track meet Friday and Saturday at Wilson Stadium, and in the process qualified a few extra events for next week’s Class 5A state meet at Alamogordo. The CHS boys racked up 135 points to 92 for Carlsbad. New […]