Warriors already have qualifying marks

By Todd Fuqua

Ruidoso’s track and field team came back from the Onate Invitational in Las Cruces last weekend a pair of State qualifying marks in this young season.

Coach Avery Carr said it’s beyond encouraging the Warriors are off to such a fast start.

“As far as our first meet, the progression has been really good,” Carr said. “There are some things that we need to work on that are pretty acceptable at this point in the season.

“We’re excited and looking forward to going back to the Field of Dreams for the Centennial Invitational,” he added.

Morgan Johnson qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.25 seconds, while Tyler McClendon won the shot put competition with a State qualifying mark of 45 feet, 6 inches.

Among those almost earning a spot on the State bus was Jerrion Garrett in the 3200-meters with a time of 10:08.44, while Katie Fernandez was just four inches short in pole vault with a height of 7-foot-6.

Ruidoso doesn’t have a meet this weekend, heading to Las Cruces, March 10, at the Centennial Invite.

“This will allow us to focus on quality workouts,” Carr said. “As far as having a nice base of athletes, we’ve developed that over the course of a few weeks.

Carr said the reason the Warriors are already doing so well is the quality of athletes. He also pointed to the future when the boys basketball team will be finished with its season.

“These are great kids, and having the basketball athletes will add to the mix,” Carr said. “We haven’t even started to put together our relays yet. It will be good, we just have to stay patient and keep on working.”

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