Ruidoso’s track team had a few more State qualifiers after the Centennial Invitational at Las Cruces, March 10, but coach Kief Johnson said there’s an even more important aspect to the team right now.
“More than anything else, the kids are getting better,” Johnson said. “There were quite a few that were just inches or seconds from qualifying.”
Among those that came close to qualifying was Brennam Stewart, just three inches off of qualifying in javelin, and Josh Romero, fresh off the basketball team and a quarter inch off of qualifying in long jump.
Another basketball player out for track is Aldo Cardenas, who ran an even 54 seconds in the 400 and just missed a spot on the bus, while Macai Garcia had a qualifying throw in shot put that wasn’t reported properly.
“That one upset me, but he’ll qualify this week, I’m sure,” Johnson said. “At least he did qualify in discus.”
Tyler McLendon won shot put with a qualifying mark.
Among the girls, Morgan Johnson took first in long jump with a State qualifying mark of 16 feet, 3¼ inches, as well as winning and qualifying in the 400-meter run. She also won in the 100.
Hailee Blake won the javelin and discus throws for JV, and will represent the Warriors as a varsity thrower at their next meet, the Alamogordo White Sands Roll-A-Buck Relays this Saturday.
“We have so many kids out that we usually put several on both JV and varsity, but at Alamogordo, we can only put so many on the team,” said coach Johnson. “The kids will be pushing each other to work harder and make it to varsity this week.”