It’s always a good sign when you have enough quality athletes to win the first track meet of the season, boys and girls.
That’s precisely what happened for the Capitan teams at the Mike Tooley Relays in Hot Springs over the weekend, but the real test is how many of those athletes will be in Albuquerque to help the Tigers compete for a State trophy.
Three athletes did get State qualifying marks, highlighted by Dakota Hazen’s performances in the pole vault, 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Lyndee Bason added a State mark in long jump, while Kort Sparks earned a State berth in pole vault for the boys with a height of 10 feet, six inches.
“The points were coming in from everywhere,” said Capitan boys coach Becky Huey. “All the kids are doing great.”
In addition to the State marks, there were several first-place finishes. That includes Domingo Montes winning the 110 hurdles, Tanner Lowrance first in the 800, Wyatt Lowrance in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and Price Bowen in the high jump.
Additionally, the 400-meter relay team took first.
There were several girls “a blink of an eye” from qualifying, to quote coach Kim King.
“I think the trophy is the icing on the cake. The really exciting part is seeing how my girls performed,” King stated. “They showed some desire and intensity, which sets us up for a great season.”
Capitan heads to Dexter this Friday for the Demon Relays, and the goal now is to get more kids qualified for State.
“We’re still out of shape a little bit,” Huey said. “We’ve got 24 boys out for track now with basketball over, but we have some work to do.”
“The competition will be pretty intense there,” King said of the Dexter meet. “Hopefully that pushes the girls to hit their goals.”