DEXTER – Neither Capitan nor Mescalero’s track and field teams made many waves at this year’s Demon Relays as a team on March 11 – indeed, the Chiefs didn’t score any points at all.
But the real goal was to gauge where their athletes were in their development, as well as to give some athletes a chance to try some new events.
In that respect, according to Capitan co-coach Becky Huey, it was a success.
“We did well, but we’ve got some injuries we’re trying to overcome,” Huey said.
Capitan’s points put together 33 points on the night, good enough for a sixth place finish. There were a number of different Tigers that contributed to that total, including Tanner Lowrance, who placed in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, was fourth in the 800-meter run and took sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 3 inches.
Mitchell Edington had the best 1,600-meter race of his life with a time of 5:14.94 to take fourth, while Alejandro Trujillo was fourth in long jump at 19-1.
Also taking fourth were Dominic Garcia in pole vault and Shane Barnwell in shot put.
Finally, two relay teams placed – the 4×200 team in fourth and the medley relay in third with a time of 4:20.74.
Huey said Edington – a senior – deserves what he achieves in the 1,600.
“He’s worked hard and come along. It’s his turn,” Huey said. “That’s his race, and I know he’s excited about that time.”
On the girls side, the Lady Tigers scored a half-point more than the boys, also finishing sixth overall in a tie with Jal.
Capitan’s girls relied much more on speed for their points, getting top-six finishes in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, while Mary Howard took sixth in the 3,200-meter run and Dakota Hazen finished third in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.
Hazen’s time of 17.84 in the 100 hurdles got her to state, and she also came up with a second place finish in pole vault, topping out at 9 feet even to qualify for state.
However, she’s leapt 9-6 in practice, and co-coach Kim King knows the junior can go even higher.
“She looks so strong this year,” King said of Hazen’s pole vaulting. “The way she’s jumping is better than any way I’ve seen her jump before. She should easily go 9-6 or higher this year. We’re excited.”
Also doing well for the Lady Tigers was Adrianna Romero, who placed fifth in the triple jump, sixth in high jump, sixth in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.94 seconds.
There were a number of young kids at the meet, many of them throwing or running at the varsity level for the very first time. Huey is hoping they’ll do even better on March 21 at the Hagerman Alfalfa Relays.
“We have a very young team, eight freshmen and a lot of young boys,” Huey said. “I’m hoping we can do great things there (at Hagerman).“
No points for Chiefs
Mescalero may have been shut out of events, but there were a number of kids that weren’t there for the Chiefs, all basketball players, according to coach David Velasquez.
Many were playing in a Lincoln-Otero County All-Star Showcase in Alamogordo that night – there were a couple of Capitan players in that as well – and Velasquez said he expects most of them to rejoin the track team at Hagerman.
“Mia Fatty did well, Austin (Buurma) did really well,” Velasquez said. “It’ll be interesting to see how much improvement we make next week in Hagerman. Plus we’ll get all those kids back from that basketball game.
“We’ve got about 21 kids out and they’ll get better as the weeks go by,” he added. “It’s just a matter of time.”