Capitan’s success at the Magdalena Stockyard Relays, March 22, was not expected.
It’s not that both the boys and girls Tiger teams are lacking in talent, it was just the timing.
One, it was Spring Break. Two, both the Capitan baseball and softball teams were in Chaves County for tournaments, meaning the rosters were depleted when it came to track and field.
But the boys finished second with 92 points and the girls won the whole thing with 106.
“It was unexpected, we had girls in events they don’t normally run,” said Capitan girls coach Kim King. “The girls got excited and ran their hearts out.”
Dakota Hazen was Ms. Everything for the Tigers, competing in pole vault, 100 and 300 hurdles and the 100 and 200-meter dash.
She won every event except the 100-meter dash, in which she finished second. She earned 33 points as the high-point individual of the meet.
Still, 33 points is about a third of all the points the Tigers scored, meaning there were several other Capitan athletes winning events as well.
That includes Mary Howard placing third in the two-mile, Lyndee Bason leaping a personal-best 15 feet, 9 inches to win long jump and Melena Proctor taking second in shot put and fifth in discus.
“Those third, fourth and fifth-place finishes add up,” King said. “We’re getting better in so many areas and it’s exciting.”
Capitan racked up its points thanks to the Lowrance brothers, Tanner and Wyatt. The pair combined for 29 points individually, while Kort Sparks won the 800-meter run and pole vault with a State-qualifying mark of 10-6.
Shane Barnwell added points with second-place throws in shot put at discus.
The only person that kept Barnwell out of first was Carrizozo’s Detrick Autrey, who won both events with State-qualifying throws in his first meet of the season.
Jared Guevara also turned in a victory in javelin at 134-4, while the Grizzly 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams each took second place.
As a team, the Grizzly boys were fifth overall with 59 points. The Carrizozo girls were seventh overall.