Capitan has already had a few things to celebrate at the Class 3A State track and field meet in Albuquerque this year.
After setting a school record in long jump and coming into State with the longest mark, Tiger Lyndee Bason made good on her potential, leaping 17 feet, 3¾ inches to earn a title.
Another local athlete almost earned a state title, but Carrizozo’s Detrick Autrey was just an inch shy, finishing behind Devon Thompson of New Mexico School for the Deaf who heaved the discus 130 feet, 2 inches for the Class 1A State title.
Autrey gave everything he had in the finals, but had to scratch every time because he was giving his all, trying to better his throw of 130-1 in the prelims.
In running events, Capitan came up with a pair of top qualifiers in the girls 4×200 relay and boys medley relays, but there are also several other relay teams and runners that will still be competing in Saturday’s finals.
Dakota Hazen had the second-fastest qualifying time in the girls 3A 100-meter hurdles behind only Hayden Colfax of Santa Fe Prep. The final will be run at about 11:25 Saturday morning.
Other events to watch for on the final day are the 3A girls pole vault, where Hazen has the highest leap of the year so far at 10-7.
Autrey will get a chance at redemption in 1A discus, but it will be another showdown with Thompson, who leads the field with a 47-6 throw to Autrey’s 44-8½.
Capitan’s Dominique Valadez will also be vying for a State title in javelin, coming in seeded second. Throwing starts at 11 a.m. on the infield at UNM track and field stadium.