Hounds win regional meet, qualify for NCAA Division II nationals

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team is headed for the NCAA Division II nationals for the first time. The Greyhounds punched their ticket to the Nov. 19 event in Spokane, Wash., edging out East Central 53-59 for team honors in Saturday’s South Central Region meet, hosted […]

Hounds need top two finish to advance to nationals

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has climbed one mountain. Today, they go for an even bigger one. The Greyhounds, who ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year run as Lone Star Conference champions two weeks ago, will try to earn one of two NCAA Division II national berths from the […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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File photo The third annual Wiener Nationals are set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park. Admission to the races is free with donations given to the High Plains Humane Society. Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for […]

ENMU’s Draper 13th at nationals

CNJ staff TURLOCK, Calif. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Daniel Draper finished 13th in men’s javelin on Saturday in the NCAA Division II national track and field competition. Draper, who was 11th at the national meet last year, threw an even 190 feet. He threw 210 or better three times this season, including a […]

ENMU’s Draper has high hopes for nationals

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Daniel Draper reached NCAA Division II national track and field competition last spring in javelin, and finished 11th with a throw of exactly 187 feet. It was the school’s best place ever at the D-II national meet, although he fell five places short of scoring. This year, […]

ENMU’s Squire earns trip to nationals

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Bill Squire qualified for the NCAA Division II track championship in the hammer throw in Thursday’s Last Chance Twilight track meet hosted by Abilene Christian, winning the event with a toss of 187 feet 8 3/4 inches. The throw surpasses the provisional qualifying mark […]

Dachshunds hustle at Wiener Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Martinez’s dachshund, Doc, was motivated down the dog track by his pet rock and took second place Saturday in wiener dog races at Hillcrest Park. Liliana Castillo Dachshunds running can be a funny thing to watch. That’s what Joe Gutierrez of Clovis guessed could explain why Hillcrest Park was […]

Local girls advances to Hoop Shoot nationals

CNJ staff PLANO, Texas — Niki Cordova of Yucca Middle School

Hounds set for Division II track nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle ENMU senior Zach Gerleve has been close to qualifying for NCAA Division II national track and field meet in each of his first three years, but finally made it this season. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Zach Gerleve has always been close to earning a berth in […]

ENMU qualifies pair of athletes for nationals

CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior Zach Gerleve and junior Kyle Harris will become Eastern New Mexico University’s first representatives in NCAA Division II national track competition. The meet is May 24-26 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Gerleve, from Truth or Consequences, was the No. 17 qualifier out of 18 in javelin competition. […]

Local teams fare well in AAU state meet

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Several area teams qualified for national AAU girls basketball competition of the weekend in state tournaments played in Clovis, although not all of them will be able to go. In the 10-and-under division, the Clovis Wildcats have opted instead for the Basketball Congress International tournament July 7-11 in Dallas, […]

Local 11-12 squad qualifies for AAU nationals

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Clovis 14s eye nationals

By Dave Wagner Most of the players on Regina Downing’s Clovis Lady Wildcats 14-and-under basketball team are fresh off a two-day camp in Las Cruces held last week. They’re busy getting ready for an even longer trip — national AAU competition at Clarksville, Tenn. The 11-member squad, many of whom are playing in AAU nationals […]