Chacon, Larvingo help Prep nab sixth at state
Navajo Prep boys tie with Cuba for 16th place
FARMINGTON – Led by Sarah Chacon and Monty Larvingo, the Navajo Prep girls track and field team placed sixth out of 21 schools in the 1-A/3A state championship meet over the weekend in Albuquerque.
Prep's 29 team points were only 4 behind fifth-place Clayton. The Prep boys shared 16th place with Cuba, as both schools picked up 6 points.
Chacon, a senior, earned a state title in the 800 meters by completing the race in 2 minutes and 28.18 seconds.
"She executed the perfect race," Prep coach Stephanie McDonald said of Chacon. "She was patient, and she made her move at the right time. Then she came right back and ran the (400) and the (1,600). It was her day."
Chacon, who came in second in the 1,600 meters and third in the 400 meters, has transitioned from a sprinter to a distance runner in the past year and has dedicated herself to training for the three races that she cracked the top three in at state.
Larvingo, a sophomore, showed that there are bright days ahead for Navajo Prep track when she took third in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the triple jump.
"She's one of those kids that has that natural ability. She's gifted," McDonald said of Larvingo. "It's our job as coaches to fine-tune her talents. She's probably another one, like Sarah, that will have to decide what she wants to focus on in a year or two. She's young and wants to do everything."
Despite recording a personal record in the boys sprint medley, the Eagles took seventh in that event, which speaks to the high level of competition on the boys' side in 3A.
"The boys were district champs, but going in, they knew what they were up against," McDonald said.
Dante Alonzo placed third in the 1,600 meters for Prep.
Prep qualified 22 athletes and brought two alternates to state, nearly doubling the 12 who made the trip last year. McDonald said that's an accomplishment in itself, and she's looking forward to finding out what the future brings.
"Everyone came to run; everyone stepped up," she said. "Losing Sarah and Maceo (Tortalita) hurts, but we have athletes coming up, that, give them a few years, and, hopefully, they'll be performing really well for us."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.