by Kara Burton
ALBUQUERQUE — “Thirty-six medals, 10 state champions, a state record broken, 23 cases of water, 14 lbs of peanut butter, 9 jars of jelly, and a partridge in a pear tree. Red Devil Track, showing up, ” was how head Coach Maria Gonzales characterized the Springer track team’s performance at the state track meet this past weekend.
The Springer Red Devils took 15 athletes, two coaches, two managers, and one bus driver to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico State Track and Field Championship.
The athletes woke up bright and early on Friday morning to compete in preliminary running events and a few field events. Through the windy and warm weather, the athletes prevailed to qualify in almost every running event in which they were entered. Alicia Arias also participated in discus, the event in which she was the reigning state champ. Arias ended up winning again, making her a back-to-back state champ. After Friday’s events, the Springer girls had a total of 27.5 points, sitting in first place right above Elida with 23.
Saturday was a big day for all competing. Only the top eight teams in each event would make it to finals on Saturday, and only the top six out of those top eight teams would be on the podium and medal. Along with that, the Lady Devils were chasing a state championship, competing neck-and-neck with the Elida Lady Tigers. With weather as close to perfect as it comes, the athletes were competing better than usual, and all the hard work was paying off, making Saturday seem to be the day of state champions for the Springer Devils. The Springer Lady Devils ended the season as State runners-up.