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Capitan teams again atop the standings

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan's Wyatt Lowrance celebrates with teammates after he jumped 5 feet, 10 inches in high jump to qualify for the State meet, March 29, at the Tularosa Rose Relays.

TULAROSA – Track and field team coaches will tell you the goal isn’t to win team trophies – at least not until the State meet. The goal is to get times faster, marks higher or longer, and kids qualified for State.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Jacob Smith won the long jump competition at the Tularosa Rose Relays, March 29.

But when a team meets those goals, team trophies seem to follow.

That’s been the case for both the boys and girls teams at Capitan, as the Tiger boys finished first at the Tularosa Rose Relays, March 29, while the girls came in second.

“It’s wonderful. At this point we’re having a great season. We’re excited,” said Capitan boys coach Becky Huey.

Capitan’s boys were benefitting from a full team presence. With no baseball game or tournament this weekend, the Tigers got top performances from Price Bowen, Jacob Smith and Garrison Weems in various events.

Smith was the fastest 100-meter runner on the day, clocking an 11.20-second time that was fast enough to qualify for State, and also won long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8 inches.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan senior Shane Barnwell threw a State qualifying march on his final throw in the shot put, March 29, at the Tularosa Rose Relays.

Bowen was third in high jump at 5-8, while Weems took second behind teammate Domingo Montes in the 110-meter hurdles and was third – again behind Montes – in the 300 hurdles.

Additionally, Smith and Bowen were on the 4×100 relay team that won with a State qualifying time of 45.40 seconds, and were members of the medley relay that qualified in the medley with a time of 3:47.65 while also taking first.

Another new qualifier was Wyatt Lowrance, who tied with Tularosa’s Gustavo Calderon in winning high jump at 5-10, while Shane Barnwell got his spot on the bus with a throw of 43 feet even in shot put.

“You should see the bus, they’re singing and happy all the way home,” Huey said. “You’d think they’d be tired, but they’re not.”

Capitan’s girls were second overall behind Cloudcroft, the defending Class 2A State champion.

There weren’t any new qualifying marks to report, although Dakota Hazen had another stellar week with 25 individual points thanks to three victories in pole vault and the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan senior Dakota Hazen plants for an ascent during the pole vault competition, March 29, at the Tularosa Rose Relays.

She re-qualified for State in all three events.

Also doing well was Adrianna Romero, who took second in 400-meters and high jump, and was a member of the sprint medley relay that won with a time of 4:45.72.

The 4×100-meter relay finished third, but their time of 53.36 seconds was good enough to re-qualify.

Lyndee Bason won long jump and qualified with a leap of 15-6.

In distance events, McKenzie Gibson and Meghan Traylor were 1-2 in the 800-meter run, while Lilly Scruggs was second in the mile.

“They just keep surprising me in different areas every day,” said Capitan girls coach Kim King. “We’ve been focusing on faster times and qualifying, and it seems to carry through with us getting a trophy.”

Smaller schools

Photo by Todd Fuqua Mescalero’s Ramona Fossum finished third in javelin, March 29, at the Tularosa Rose Relays.

Mescalero earned a handful of points thanks to throwing and hurdle events.

Ramona Fossum was third in javelin with a throw of 99-10, while Fallon Velasquez came in sixth at 86-6.

Additionally, Sharylee Tsinnijinnie and Alyn Kazhe-Kirgan were fifth and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.

Matias LaPaz was second in boys javelin, missing a State qualifying mark by six inches.

Corona had a small contingent present – all boys and all in throwing events – in the Cardinals’ first meet of the year.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Corona’s Luke Lueras throws the discus, March 29, during the Tularosa Rose Relays.

Cooper Autrey, Colton Racher, Conner and Cabel Cox and Luke Lueras were all on hand.

They didn’t score any points, but coach Trish Cox said the real goal was just to get her kids into competition.

“I feel they did a good job in their first meet to get them comfortable and ready to go,” said coach Cox. “Conner seems to be doing better with the shot put. It gives us plenty of room to grow.”

Cox expects to have Jesus Villa running and in long jump at the Cardinals’ next meet, the Carrizozo Grizzly Relays on April 5.

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