FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys track team picked up another win, scoring 116.5 points to capture the title at the Aztec B&B Invitational this weekend at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.
“Our sprinters had a big weekend. Our 4x100-meter relay really established themselves as a contender to take a run at the state title,” Farmington head coach Jeff Dalton said. “We won all four of the relays and kind of showed we can run all four of our relays in one day without having to sacrifice one of them. Those are big points at district and state.”
Aztec placed second with 76 points, followed by Kirtland Central in third with 59 points.
Bloomfield's Brendan Ramsey broke his own school record in the triple jump, one he set on Monday at the Mary Sepulveda Invitational in Albuquerque. Ramsey jumped 44-09.50, which was also good for a new Fred Cook Memorial Stadium record.
The Bobcats placed fifth with 42.5 points.
The Shiprock Northwest boys placed 12th with 5 points. Navajo Prep tied Dolores, Colo., for 15th with 2 points.
On the girls' side, Aztec claimed the title at the meet with 100 points. Durango, Colo., placed second with 71 points, and Bloomfield rounded out the top three with 52 points.
“It was a very productive two days. Friday, the weather was absolutely beautiful, and today it was off-and-on wind, but overall, it was a productive weekend,” Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said.
Aztec qualified its sprint medley team for the state meet despite running in wind gusts of 30 mph.
Bloomfield's 4x100 relay team of Vanessa Harris, Krystal Hosteen, Clarissa Prado and Chelsie Hobbs qualified for state and did so with its best time of the year.
"The girls bettered their best time, even running in all that wind," Bloomfield head coach Robert Griego said. "Our 4x200 team was good, too. They stayed consistent. The wind affected some other races, but considering the conditions, it was a pretty good day all the way around."
Farmington’s Bailey Carter set the best mark in 5A this season for the triple jump at 35-04, but as good as she was, she came away with second place after Navajo Prep’s Martinique Larvingo jumped 35-08.
Kirtland Central settled for sixth with 40 points.
Navajo Prep tied for ninth place with Pagosa Springs, Colo., recording 19 points.
PV boys, girls finish strong in Albuquerque
The Piedra Vista boys and girls track and field teams had strong performances at the Richard Harper Memorial Track Meet, which consisted of mostly 6A teams, in Albuquerque Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Panthers finished second, scoring 48 points, and finished 23 points clear of the closest 5A team, Los Alamos.
“The girls performed really, really well,” PV head coach Mark Turner said. “It was a good meet to end up second, and we have a good idea of where we’ll be when we move up to 6A next year.”
The boys squad placed 11th, but tied Los Alamos for the second most points by a 5A program.
“The boys did well. We didn’t run the relays as well as we wanted to because we had some injuries crop up last minute, but I think we performed admirably,” Turner said. “I’m really happy with the boys' performance.”
On the girls’ side, Aleczandri Sadler and Hannah Sayyeau qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter hurdles and javelin, respectively.
Benjamin Van Otteson qualified for the state meet in the pole vault and tied for first place at the meet. The PV boys sprint medley team also qualified for state.
Shiprock was in Taos on Saturday for the Taos Relays, and the Lady Chieftains came away with a third-place finish out of seven qualifying schools.
Lady Chiefs coach Alice Kinlichee said she was happy with what she saw out of her athletes.
"I thought they did grand in spite of the altitude adjustments and such," she said. "They ran very well. We had a lot of personal records."
Kacy Begay qualified at state for the discus throw on Saturday.
On the boys side, Shiprock took fifth. Junior Adrian Gibson had a good showing and qualified for state in the 110-meter hurdles. According to coach Brian Paniagua, many other athletes recorded personal records in their respective events.
"The hard work our athletes have been putting in is starting to pay off," Paniagua said. "We have a javelin thrower who is close to qualifying, and I expect us to do well at district and get even more athletes qualified there."
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