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Piedra Vista girls dominate at home meet

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com
Farmington's Ashlynn Smith waits for the baton during the 4x200 relay on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium.

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista girls track team is on a tear this season.

After crushing the competition at last week’s Early Bird Invite, hosted by Farmington, the Lady Panthers dominated again on Saturday, scoring more than double the points of second-place Aztec to win the Piedra Vista Invitational at Hutchison Stadium.

“Our girls are really solid. It’s early in the year, but we’re really excited about what we have coming up for the rest of the season,” PV head coach Mark Turner said. “We have a whole bunch of girls out from soccer and volleyball who we did not expect, and they’re real athletes. I’m excited about what’s going on.”

PV scored 129.5 points, followed by Aztec’s 60.5. Durango, Colo., finished third with 49 points.

The Lady Panthers had finishers in the top-five in 15 of the 18 events.

“We have somebody in almost every single event," Turner said. "We got some points out of the field events that we didn’t really expect.”

Farmington finished fourth, scoring 32 points to edge Bloomfield’s fifth-place finish with 29 points.

Kirtland Central placed seventh, followed by Navajo Prep in eighth, and Shiprock finished 10th.

Farmington’s boys took home the title, scoring 85 points. PV placed second with 76.5 points, followed by Aztec in third with 71 points.

“Everyone is still kicking the rust off and the big teams like us and PV are going to win the meets because we have the numbers out right now,” Farmington head coach Jeff Dalton said. “Everyone is just kind of seeing how things are going to shape up and what we need to do to make a run at district.”

Piedra Vista's Michael Gonzales competes in the 4x200 relay on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium.

Turner said he expects FHS, PV and Aztec to battle each other all season.

KC finished fifth with 49 points. Bloomfield placed ninth, followed by Navajo Prep and Gallup tied for 10th. Shiprock tied Thoreau for 13th, and Shiprock Northwest tied Rehoboth Christian for 15th.

Turner said the standout of the meet was KC freshman Kashon Harrison.

Kirtland Central's Kashon Harrison, left, and Mancos, Colo.'s, Ro Paschal run for the finish of the 1600-meter race on Saturday at Hutchison Stadium.

Harrison recorded qualifying times for the state meet in the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter races. He was second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:40.99, 0.42 seconds of off first place, and dominated the 3,200 with a time of 9:57.87, more than 3.5 seconds faster than Durango’s Benjamin Lachelt in second.

“He can flat run,” Turner said of Harrison.

During the meet, the teams had to deal with cold weather and high winds. Dalton said the weather played a factor in the times and results for the events, but said it was good for the kids to deal with the challenge as they’ll likely see bad conditions again this season.

“It was good because the last few years have been pretty cruddy weather at the state track meet, so it’s good to get the kids running a full meet in bad weather," Dalton said. "It’s just part of the sport and something you’re going to have to deal with at one of the pivotal track meets down the road."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.