Lady Panthers, FHS boys keep rolling
Bloomfield girls, Kirtland Central boys have good showings at Bobcat Quad
FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista track and field coach Mark Turner asked his female runners, "What do you got?" prior to the Farmington Invitational on Saturday, and they responded in dominant fashion, just as they have all season.
The PV girls took first at the invite held at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington with 111 points. Los Lunas was second, and the FHS girls took third with 45.50 points. Aztec landed in sixth with 35 points and Navajo Prep took 12th with nine points.
The Lady Panthers continue to dominate after winning last week's Piedra Vista Invitational by scoring nearly double the points of second-place Aztec.
After a couple of weeks of getting his girls' feet wet, Turner said the third week of the regular season was all about seeing how they would fare in individual competitions.
"I called (Saturday) the 'What do you got?' meet, where I put a bunch of kids in a bunch of individual meets to see where they really are this season." he said. "The first two meets are just kind of about hanging in there."
Lady Panther sophomores Cydnie Stock and Haley Duran qualified for state in the 300 hurdles on Saturday, while Alexandria Johnson and Hannah Sayyeau took first and second in the girls javelin throw.
Turner said it was good to see a lot of the top teams in class 5A all at once, so early in the season.
"You got us, Farmington, Los Lunas and St. Pius (X) all competing out there," Turner said. "That's the top four girls teams (in 5A) right there."
PV's girls are off to a torrid start, as are the Farmington boys. After taking home the title in last week's PV Invitational, Jeff Dalton's Scorpions finished in first again with 120 points, which was 24 ahead of second-place PV's 96 points and 60 ahead of third-place Aztec's 60 points.
Axel Fowler led the way for FHS by winning the 100 and 200 meter dash events. Tanner Waite and Branson Carter earned first and second, respectively, in the 110 meter hurdles.
The throwers and jumpers from PV helped earn the Panthers plenty of points, as Ryan Montoya took first in the javelin throw and Erick Estrada finished on top in the long jump event.
Aztec's Lindsey Larabee won the boys triple jump as well as the boys pole vault.
Bloomfield and Kirtland were neck and neck with one another at Friday's Bobcat Quad in Bloomfield.
The Bobcats edged KC for first in the women's team rankings by 34 points. The men's final score wasn't as close, as the Broncos took first with 191 points — 89 more than the Lady Bobcats.
Shiprock took third in both the women's and men's rankings.
Bobcats coach Robert Griego said he was impressed by Krystal's Hosteen's efforts on Friday.
"Krystal qualified in the 100 hurdles. To qualify this early is really good on her part," Griego said. "She missed qualifying last week by six-hundredth's of a second."
Sharon Jackson, Patricia Notgrass, Clarissa Prado and Chelsie Hobbs helped Bloomfield take first by winning the 4x100 meter relay race.
Shiprock's Khadija Lapahie and Destiny Rockwell were great in the 1600 meter run, taking first and third, respectively.
Kirtland Central's boys were led again by Kashon Harrison and Destry Palmer, who won four races between them. Broncos coach Heath Guillory said he thought no runner was particularly outstanding, but everyone was above average in helping the team claim the win.
"We secured quite a bit of points just by placing," Guillory said. "No one really carried us. We were really pleased with the field events, that part of the meet helped us out a lot."
KC's Jarom Garrett won both the triple jump and the long jump. In his first ever pole vaulting event, Aidan Cockrell earned first.
Guillory admitted that Friday's win wasn't a huge indicator of District 1-4A standing, as a lot of teams weren't complete.
"Kids are just coming in from basketball and just getting into training, and a lot of kids are gone on spring break, as well," he said. "But you still have to like where we're at after a few weeks."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.