Lady Panthers rout the competition in Aztec
Bloomfield girls and boys snatch first at home meet
FARMINGTON — Another week, another outstanding performance from the Piedra Vista girls track and field team.
One week after they finished second in a meet, the PV girls team took first at the Penny McKnight Invitational at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec on Friday. PV's boys and girls teams combined to grab first with 162 points, 12 more than second-place Rio Rancho.
The Farmington boys and girls teams combined for 92 points, good for fifth, while Aztec took sixth, Kirtland Central and Shiprock tied for seventh and Navajo Prep landed in 10th out of 11 schools.
The Lady Panthers were dominant on Friday, earning 133 points to Hope Christian's second-place total of 110, and they did so without a full complement of athletes.
PV's 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams each took second to earn the school 20 points. The Lady Panthers' 4x400 team finished second, even though Hannah Robinson and Lisamarie Jones had never run a 400 in their lives prior to Friday, according to PV assistant coach Adam Huff.
"None of the girls qualified last week that were on it, and then this group missed qualifying by one second," Huff said of the makeshift 4x400 team. "It's good to have the kind of depth we have. (Friday) night's showing had us a little confused, but luckily, we've got three or four weeks to figure it all out. It's a good problem to have."
Haley Duran and Cydnie Stock also had great showings for PV. Duran took first in the 100-meter hurdles and Stock earned first in the 300 hurdles. Huff said PV's whole roster is getting stronger as the season wears on.
"They're working their tails off during practice, and they're all kind of battling each other to get better," he said.
Farmington's boys, led by Axel Fowler and Tanner Waite, took third with 75 points — 37 points more than PV. Fowler won the 100-meter dash, while Waite took first in the 110 hurdles. Clayton Corley also contributed to the Scorpions' point total by picking up 13 points in three field events.
Aztec's girls took fourth while the Tiger boys managed sixth. Boys coach Steve Lanier said he thought the Aztec squads didn't handle the weather well, as the sporadic wind and rain affected the runners' performances.
"We've got to get a little tougher dealing with the elements. We're still so young that we let the weather affect us too much," he said. "We still had some good performances."
Aztec's Elana Kresl, who recently committed to New Mexico State University, was victorious in the 800-meter run. On the boys side, Lindsey Larabee won the boys pole vault.
Kirtland Central freshman Kashon Harrison earned first in the boys 3,200-meter run and finished second in the 1,600.
"He ran well, running with those bigger schools. He was only about a second off from his best times this year in both races," KC boys coach Heath Guillory said of Harrison. "Considering the rain and the conditions and stuff, that's pretty good."
Bloomfield boys, girls come out on top at Harry J. Hayes Invite
At the 11th annual Harry J. Hayes Invitational in Bloomfield, the hosts shined on both sides, defeating the Kirtland Central boys and girls by a wide margin at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday.
The Bloomfield boys had 154 points to second-place KC's 94. The Lady Bobcats amassed 150, while the Lady Broncos took second with 84.5 points. Cuba, Jemez Valley, Shiprock Northwest, Gallup, Crownpoint and Thoreau also competed.
Bloomfield coach Robert Griego said a group effort got the job done on Saturday, particularly in the relay races.
"Our relays are really kicking in right now. Both our 4x100 and 4x200 girls qualified for state," Griego said.
Jaimie Kosea was great for the BHS girls in the field events. The junior took first in the shot put, second in the discus and third in the javelin.
For KC, Kambree Pierro qualified for state in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. LaKyla Yazzie qualified in the 1,600-meter run.
Since KC ran in Aztec on Friday, and with the prom and ACT testing going on at KC High School over the weekend, Guillory said Saturday's race in Bloomfield was mostly about getting his underclassmen some experience.
"We didn't have any new qualifiers, but we rested a lot of our guys," Guillory said. "It was about getting in more reps and more practice, and we did that."
KC's Aidan Cockrell won the pole vault, less than 24 hours after placing seventh in the same event during the Penny McKnight Invitational.
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