Strong showings set up key Day 2 at state track
ALBUQUERQUE — The Piedra Vista girls track team didn't have any points after the first day of the 6A state championships, but that doesn't mean the Lady Panthers won't have a chance to compete for a spot on the podium at the end of Saturday's competition.
The first day of the two-day meet is made up mostly of preliminary events as teams try to qualify as many athletes as possible for the finals on Saturday, and PV coach Mark Turner said he's very happy with the Lady Panthers' performance.
"I'm tickled to death with where we're at right now, absolutely tickled to death," Turner said. "The girls are competing in 6A for the first time, and we're holding our own."
Turner said he was happy with the Lady Panthers' relay teams, as the squad qualified the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 teams. He praised the performances of Cydnie Stock and Avery Calder, who both qualified in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Through three events scored for the girls meets, Aztec in 5A and Shiprock in 4A each have 1 point.
In the few finals that were held today, Farmington's Donovan Gonzalez and Kirtland Central's Kashon Harrison came away with second-place finishes.
Gonzalez finished second in the long jump while Harrison placed second in the 1,600.
Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said his boys and girls teams are in good position after the first day.
The Scorps qualified all four if their relay teams for the finals.
Dalton said the Lady Scorps "ran their best times of the season."
Zoe Pinckely made the finals for the girls 100 hurdles while the boys scattered athletes throughout the finals of several events.
Dalton said one event he's excited for Saturday is the boys 4x400 relay, expecting the Scorps and Aztec, which posted the fastest time in the event's preliminaries, to be near or at the front of the pack down the final stretch.
Both Farmington and KC have 5 points through the five events today. Aztec and Bloomfield have 1 point each.
Full results from the first day of the 4A, 5A and 6A meets can be found at liverunningresults.com/public_html/events/nmaa456A2017/.
The meets will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.