by David Tesitor
The track season is in full swing and teams are on the field, where individual performances are key to makein a mark mark on the state qualifying scene. The weather has cooperated and athletes across the state are setting individual marks. As you look at the results and the times being posted, especially in the shorter runs, the difference between first and 15th place is miniscule.
As the season progresses, the WJ will again create a state qualifying chart showing how members from our area schools place and what they need to do to qualify for state. We will also highlight weekly individual accomplishments as they relate to personal and school bests.
Aguilar track season begins in Monte Vista
MONTE VISTA — Two members of the Aguilar Wildcats competed at the Center Invitational tournament Monte Vista High School venue, showing respectable performances. Andrea Torres competed in both the discus, finishing 23rd with a throw of 66-3 feet and the shot put, placing 14th with a throw of 25.3. Carlos Sanchez was 17th in the discus (87-9 feet) and 17th in the shot (33-0.5 feet)
La Veta begins track season at Center Inv.
Warren takes #1 in 400M
MONTE VISTA — The La Veta boys and girls track team got their 2017 season running as several members placed in the finals to set their benchmarks and their dash for the state tournament.
Carissa Cardenas continues to throw well in both the discus and shot, finishing 2nd in the discus with a throw of 99 feet-5 inches and the shot and 3rd in the shot at 28.11.5 feet. Teammate Gabby Lopez placed 3rd in the discus (97-4 feet) and Alexis Topping finished 5th in the discus at 90-11 feet. Nya Sciacca jumped into the finals, finishing 8th in the long jump, leaping 13 feet-3.5 inches while Kaylee Corsentino finishing 4th in the triple jump at 32-1.5 feet.
The boys team also placed well as one champion was crowned. Trevor Warren finished 1st in the 400M, running the lap in 53.27 seconds, .70 of a second ahead of the next nearest racer. In the 800M, Eric Morgan placed 3rd (2.11.80 minutes and the boy’s relay team placed 4th in the 4X200M in a time of 1:37.71.
Other members and their results are as follows: 100M, Antoinette Clemons 45th (17.84); shot put, Alexis Topping 17th (24.11.5) and Emalee Ortibez 23rd (23.80).
For the boys team, 100 M dash, Eric Morgan 16th (12.69), Tannis Everett 26th (12.94) and Jordan Reyes 33rd (13.29). In the 200M, Tannis Everett finished 14th (26.72), 12th in the triple jump (37-6.75 feet) and 28th in the discus (72-11 feet). Also competing in the discus were Jose Aguirre, 39th (61.11ft) and Dalton Mason 44th (43.11). Aguirre also placed 30th in the shot put with a throw of 26-10.5 feet.
Coach Rod Falk commented, “I was really pleased with the way our kids competed. Almost everyone achieved a personal best. We travel to Lamar this coming Saturday.”
Primero team 4th at Center Invitational
MONTE VISTA — The Primero track team placed four of their members in the top eight last Saturday at the Center Invitational.
Alysia Baca finished 6th in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:51.96 minutes while Aspin Borja finished 7th in the 3200M in 14:04.01 min. Taylor Mestas finished 7th in the discus, throwing the plate at 86 feet and the shot put at 27.75 feet.
The Bulldog boys relay team placed 5th in the 4X800M relay in 10:.01.61.
In other results, girls 100M dash, Isabella Flores 42nd (17.30) and JoHanna McKinley 47th (18.27); girls 200M dash, Flores 31st (36.58) and McKinley 35th (39.01); girls 800M run, Melanie Lujan 20th (3:36.86); girls 1,600M run, Lujan 10th (7:48.65) and Aspin Borja 13th (09:01.94). 800M sprint medley relay team- 9th (2:29.07); discus, Dominique Quezada 30th (49.60) and Kimberlee Riggins 32nd (41.40); shot put, Riggins 30th (21.75).
Boys’ 100M dash, Dennis Donohue 42nd (14.29) and Connor Lutz 43rd (14.36). Boys 200M dash C. Lutz 31st (29.32), D. Donohue 32nd (29.94); 800M run-Michael Duran 18th (2:33.43); 1,600M run Andrew Lutz 13th (5:46.05); long jump, Bryan Pickett 32nd (13 ft-6 in); triple jump, A. Lutz 29th (28’-1.5”); discus, Johnny Elgin 23rd (81’-1”); shot put, Elgin 19th- (32’-7.7”).
JMHS track results of Center Invitational
MONTE VISTA — Members of the John Mall Panther track team have improved their standings and times as a result of their strong performance at the Center Invitational track meet last weekend. For the Lady Panthers, Amanda Dotter jumped her way into 5th in the long jump, soaring 14 feet-5 inches, and 6th in the triple with a jump of31-2.25 feet. She also placed 11th in the 100 meter dash in a time of 14.57 seconds. Amanda Bobian placed 27th in the 200M (34.49 sec.) and Marianna Espinoza finished 18th in the shot with a throw of 24’-11”.
While the boys team could not bring home any first place finishes, they placed in the top eight in eight events, including two seconds, two thirds and a fourth. In the 100M Evan Gonzales finished 6th with a time of 12.22 seconds. Jeremiah Vigil finished 2nd in the 200M (24.49). He also finished 11th in the 100M (12.34), a mere step from a top eight finish. The Panther 4X100M relay team had an impressive 3rd place finish with a time of 46.72 seconds.
In the field events, Santos Reyna is a leaping machine, capturing 3rd in the long jump with a leap of 19-4.47 feet and 2nd in the triple, soaring 40-6.5 feet. Malachi Neil placed 5th in the long (19-2.75 feet and 8th in the triple (39-0.5 feet.). In the discus, Ty Quintana continues to improve weekly, this week placing 4th in the discus with a throw of 119 feet-1 inch and 15th in the shot (33-4).
In other events, Jayson Santistevan finished 19th (12.79 sec) in the 100M, Tobias Jeffus placed 35th (31.09) in the 200M run, and Santistevan placed 9th (18-2 feet) in the long jump.
Hoehne track results from Centennial
PUEBLO — In the Centennial Invitational at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo, the Hoehne Farmers top finisher was Jacob Yates who finished 2nd in the 300M hurdles with a time of 42.30 seconds, a mere .20 seconds faster than his performance last week at Pueblo West. He also placed 2nd in the 300M hurdles at 42.27, just off his pace a week earlier. In the same events, Zoe Revas for the girls team finished 5th in the 100M hurdles with a time of 18.03 seconds and 6th in the 300M hurdles at 52.31. Revas improved her times from the previous week.
Other top 16 finishers included the girls 4 X100 relay team, placing 7th in a time of 55.11 seconds, 10th in the 4X200 relay (2:00.82 minutes), and 6th in the 4X400 (4:34.99). Shaelyn Walton placed 9th in the high jump with a jump of 4 feet-6 inches. For the boys, Nicholas Navarette placed 13th (56.43) in the 400M run, and Tyson Moltrer placed 10th in ther 110M hurdles (17.11) while Navarette placed 11th (18.11). Moltrer also placed 10th in the 300M hurdles with a time of 45.70, a half-second behind Yates, showing just how fine the difference can be when it comes to qualifying for the finals. The boys relay teams also ran well. In the 4X200 they placed 7th (1:37.21), 9th in the 400 (3:49.35), and 15th in the 4X800M (10.06.14). Several members of the team also participated, but their qualifying rounds were not among the top 16.
Raton Tigers baseball down three
SANTA FE — The Raton Tigers boys varsity baseball team dropped three games at the St. Michaels tournament this past weekend despite some fine hitting from their players. In game one against St Michaels, the Tigers lost 10-2. With 17 at bats, Raton could only muster two hits, one each from Jonathan Cabriales and Robert Horner. Both also drove in Raton’s only runs. The second game saw Raton finding the wood with 6 hits and 5 runs against Bernalillo. Bernalillo had 5 hits and 6 runs to take the game in the sixth inning and hold off Raton’s last inning bod for a win.
In their third game, Raton lost to Espanola by a score of 6-5, despite Tiger Austin Jones’ 3 RBI’s.
Class A District 5 All-District players
by Mary Jo Tesitor
NEW MEXICO — The New Mexico Class A District 5 All-District boys and girls basketball players were named last week.
Among the girls, from Roy/Mosquero, Kasandra Valarde (12), Sherri Ray (12), Mya Vigil (12), and Riley Clavel (8) were chosen for honors.
From Cimarron, Tiana Garcia (12), Angela Gonzales (10), and Zoe Salazar (9) received recognition.
From Des Moines, Alexis Wingo (12), Makenna Hittson (11), and Angie Lopez (10) were named.
From Springer, Alicia Arias (11) and Katy Scott (11) were honored Honorable Mention went to Bailey Smith (12) Roy/Mosquero, Samantha Ogata (11) Cimarron, and Hannah Burton (11) Springer. Ladies coach of the year was Amanda Boggs. Among the boys,
from Maxwell, Andrew Archuleta, Kolten Riggs, and Carl Gonzales were honored.
From Springer, Isaiah Garcia, Estevan Romero, Jacob Quintana, and Bryan Romero were named.
From Cimarron, Austin Lucksich and Dylan Friedt were recognised.
From Des Moines, John Floyd received honors and from Roy/Mosquero, Tyler Overberger was named.
Honorable mention went to Nathan Egart and Joseph Serna of Roy/Mosquero, John Miller of Des Moines, Matt Dean of Cimarron, Aaron Salazar of Maxwell, and Zach Sanchez of Springer. Boys Coach of the Year was Eloy Brazil. Trinidad.
Pueblo Central over Trinidad 8-0
by Joseph Jiminez
PUEBLO — The Trinidad Miners girls soccer team lost Thursday’s away non-conference game against Pueblo Central by a score of 8-0.
The Miners started slowly in their game with the Wildcats. They were looking at a two goal deficit only 10 minutes into the game.
The Wildcats had good intensity the Miners could not match for most of the game. Despite a good effort, the Miners could not generate much in the way of offense. Pueblo Central dominated play in the midfield. This led to many scoring chances.
Shaylynn Choate was selected the Trinidad Girls Soccer Player of the Game. Shay was asked to mark up Central’s leading scorer. She did a good job of denying entry passes and defending one on one. She held her to no shots during the game.
After spring break, the Miners’ next game will be their first conference game against perennial state power, St. Mary’s in Colorado Springs, on April 5