PV girls, KC boys among area district champs

Kresl sets district, stadium record in 800-meter run

Jake Newby
jnewby@pnj.com

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista girls track and field team checked another goal off its list over the weekend when it easily won the District 1-5A meet at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

Aztec's Elana Kresl competes in the 800 meters during a meet on May 6 at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

The Lady Panthers scored 209.5 points as a team, more than 100 more than second-place Aztec, which earned 105. Farmington was third with 75.5.

The FHS boys have loved competing in Aztec this year. The Scorpions returned to Fred Cook and won the district title with 163 points, two weeks after taking first at the B & B Invitational. The Panthers claimed second with 113, and Aztec's boys were just behind PV with 109.

The PV girls 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Haley Duran, Hannah Robinson, Cydnie Stock and LisaMarie Jones, set a new district record by winning the race in 4 minutes and 6.06 seconds.

The top six placers in the 400-meter dash were all Lady Panthers. Duran, Samantha DeWees, who was first, and Haley Golden qualified for this week's state meet by taking the top three spots in the event.

"We earned 22 points in that event alone," PV coach Mark Turner said of the 400. "That was definitely fun to watch."

Aztec's Elana Kresl may have been the most impressive individual in the entire meet, setting a new district and stadium record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.34. Kresl also won a district title in the 1,600 meters and was a part of the Lady Tigers' victorious 4x200 relay team.

Turner, who doesn't even coach Kresl, called her "the stud of the state." She's now ranked first in 5A in the 800 heading into state, according to Aztec coach Anna Strauss.

Farmington's Danny Hickman finishes first in the 3,200 meters on Friday at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in Aztec.

The weekend was one of Aztec's better showings of the year, Strauss said, on both the boys' and girls' side.

"All the kids in the 800 (reached a personal record) by 8 to 10 seconds," Strauss said. "That was on Friday, too, so it really set the tone for a great weekend for all of our athletes."

Danny Hickman was exceptional for the Scorps in winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Axel Fowler also did his part in bringing a district championship back to Farmington, earning first in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Kirtland Central boys, Bloomfield girls capture district titles 

District 1-4A rivals Kirtland Central and Bloomfield found themselves at the top of the boys and girls rankings at the 1-4A meet, which was held at Bronco Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

The Broncos defended their home turf by winning the boys district crown with a point total of 180. Bloomfield was second with 128, and Shiprock was third with 65.

Kirtland Central senior Austin Crawford, left, takes the baton from junior Jarom Garrett during the 4x100 relay on Saturday at Bronco Stadium in Kirtland.

Bloomfield and KC flip-flopped in the girls rankings, as the Lady Bobcats won with 150.5 points and KC took second with 122.5. Shiprock's girls barely missed out on second place with 121 points.

The Bloomfield girls picked up 20 points by winning the 4x100 and 4x200 relay events. Vanessa Harris and Teagan Mosley also contributed to Bloomfield's win by winning two events apiece — Harris won the 100 and 200 meters, while Mosley placed first in the long jump and triple jump.

Aidan Cockrell, Avery Washburn and Kashon Harrison did a lot to help KC win the district. Harrison, a freshman, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter titles, and was the runner-up in the 800.

The KC boys cleaned up in the pole vault, as Washburn, Cockrell and Destry Palmer took first, second and third, respectively.

"We needed those points desperately," KC coach Heath Guillory said of the pole vault.

Washburn also came out on top in the 300-meter hurdles, an event that Cockrell qualified for state in after competing in the event for the first time over the weekend.

Guillory said he walked away from the meet with a lot to be proud of, but admitted the competition at state will be rugged.

"We've got a lot more guys qualified than last year. This is the first time that all four relay teams qualified before the district meet, so it was nice having that ready to go," he said. "We've got to face some strong teams like Taos and Silver, but the hope is we get all our relays in the finals and get a couple individual guys like Kashon on the podium."

Both the 4A and 5A state championship meets take place Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track & Field and Soccer Complex in Albuquerque.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.