FARMINGTON – Two dominant performances highlighted the Bill Slade Invitational Saturday at Kirtland Central High School.
The Farmington boys came through with 137 points to cruise past the competition and the Piedra Vista girls piled up 168.6 points to finish more than 100 points clear of second place.
“They did really well and they’re coming along well,” Farmington head coach Jeff Dalton said of the Scorps. “We took the challenge of the weather, because we want to anticipate that when we get to the district and state meets, and see where we are on a day like (Saturday). We were really just as fast as we’ve been, jumped well and had a really good overall performance.”
The Scorps finished first, second and third in the 200-meter, the 110 and 300 hurdles, and the long jump to pick up 64 points in four events.
“The hurdles, jumps and the relays have traditionally been a strong point for us, and the kids have a lot of confidence in those events. They really want to honor the Scorpion tradition in those events, and they just continue to do that,” Dalton said.
Aztec placed second with 84.5 points and Kirtland Central tallied 82 points to finish third.
Piedra Vista (66 points), Bloomfield (36.5) and Shiprock (22) rounded out the top six with Navajo Prep and Arizona’s Red Valley-Cove tying for seventh with eight points.
In the 1,600 and 3,200 events, it appears the competition in the area is running for second place. KC freshman Kashon Harrison turned in two more blistering times in the events.
He finished the 1,600 in 4:32.83 — more than 10 seconds ahead of second place — and crossed the finish in the 3,200 in 9:74.67, which was 35.60 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.
On the girls' side, the Lady Panthers found success in nearly every event.
PV scored points in 17 of the 19 events — with the 800 and 1,600 medley relay being the two events the Lady Panthers missed out on. And of the 19 events, the Lady Panthers finished first in nine of them.
Finishing behind PV was Aztec in second place with 67 points and Kirtland Central in third with 51 points.
“I thought they did good for our home meet,” KC girls coach Leland Adair said. “We had some girls who did very well, and we had some kids qualify for state and improve on their times or throws. Overall, we had a good meet.”
After dealing with injury through the first part of the season, Adair said KC’s Lakyla Yazzie is starting to get in shape and improve as she came away with wins in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Farmington (50.2), Bloomfield (46), Shiprock (32) and Navajo Prep (30.2) rounded out the top seven.
Bloomfield’s Vanessa Harris continued her dominance in the 100, picking up a first-place finish with a time of 13.02 seconds and edge PV’s Haley Duran by 0.02 seconds.
Navajo Prep’s Sarah Chacon earned a third-place finish in the 400 and won the 800 to help pace the Lady Eagles.
With less than four weeks until the state meet, which will be held May 13-14 in Albuquerque, both Dalton and Adair said their teams will work on qualifying as many athletes as possible, with a focus on qualifying their relay teams.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.