Bloomfield boys land in the top four at state

Kashon Harrison earns two second-place finishes for Kirtland Central

Jake Newby
  • The Bloomfield boys track and field team finished fourth overall at the 4A state championship meet.
  • Kirtland Central's boys ended up in seventh place, and Shiprock tied with Santa Fe Indian for 15th.
  • Shiprock's Adrian Gibson won title in 110. Eighth grader Ashinee George broke school record in 300-meter hurdles.
Bloomfield's Drew Smith jumps over the final hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE — By cleaning up in the field events, the Bloomfield boys track and field team secured a top-four finish at this year's 4A state championship meet here.

Today, Gabriel Aguirre finished what he started on Friday by winning the shot put and becoming Bloomfield's first ever four-time state champion thrower. Aguirre and Colton Barker earned 10 combined points for Bloomfield in the shot put, while Brendan Ramsey earned 5 more points in the triple jump, lifting the team to a fourth-place finish and 32 points.

The Bobcats were 16 points behind third-place Portales but more than 5 points higher than seventh-place Kirtland Central, which suffered from a false-start disqualification in the 4x400-meter relay, the last race of the day. Shiprock tied Santa Fe Indian School for 15th with 7 points.

Aguirre, a senior, said it feels great to see his hard work pay off. He attributed his four state titles in the past two years to a steady stream of hard work.

"It was more of trying to get my technique down this year," Aguirre said. "So I had to put in — not necessarily throwing hours — but just drills. Working on those all the time just really helped me get my distance farther."

Fourth overall finishes by Drew Smith in the 300-meter hurdles and Ramsey in the 100-meter dash also contributed to Bloomfield's team score, which coach Robert Griego said thrilled him.

"I was really happy to take fourth, considering we only took six kids and only five of them scored," Griego said.

KC's Kashon Harrison did what he has been doing all year and placed in the top three in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. The freshman phenom picked up 10 of his team's 26.33 points in those two races alone.

Broncos coach Heath Guillory didn't care to speculate on the effect the 4x4 team's disqualification had on KC's possible point total, but he said he was proud of his team's presence at state.

"I've never had all my relays all running in the finals at state," Guillory said. "We had the 4x100, the 4x200, the (1,600 sprint) medley and the 4x400. That speaks to the heart and soul our seniors put into being in track for four years and wanting to finish out strong."

Shiprock's Adrian Gibson narrowly won a state title in the 110-meter hurdles, edging Hope Christian's Caleb Meyer-Hagen by .03 seconds.

Kirtland Central's Kashon Harrison passes Santa Fe Indian School's Michael Tenorio in the final lap of the 1,600-meter run on Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.

None of the three District 1-4A girls teams sneaked into the top 10 at the state meet. Bloomfield had the highest score of the three, taking 11th with 13 points, while KC managed 12th with 10 points and Shiprock avoided last place by placing 17th out of 18 with 4 points.

The Lady Bobcats' 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams — both consisting of Vanessa Harris, Krystal Hosteen, Clarissa Prado and Chelsie Hobbs — piled up 8 points for their school. All four members of those relay teams will be back next season.

KC's Kambree Pierro's performance today in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles was similar to her preliminary performance in the same events on Friday. The Lady Bronco freshman took third in the 100 and eighth in the 300 after taking third and seventh in the events, respectively, in the prelims.

KC's Carissa Arthur picked up 2.5 points and earned fourth in the pole vault.

Lady Chieftains coach Alice Kinlichee said her team was better on Friday than it was today, but she took solace in the effort of eighth grader Ashinee George, who came out of nowhere to earn fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Kirtland Central's LaKyla Yazzie receives the baton from Rebecca James in the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday at the UNM Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.

"We got a little surprise out of our little eighth grader today," Kinlichee said. "She broke a school record for us, a record that we've had since 2005."

Kylie McKinley finished two spots behind George in the 300 hurdles, and both girls recorded personal best times of the season in the event.

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