Small-school State track this weekend

By Todd Fuqua

Capitan’s girls track team earned a District 4-3A title at Eunice, April 27, and now their sights are set on State.

The Tiger girls edged out Tularosa by nine points, and the race for a State title in Albuquerque will likely be tougher, but they’ll have plenty of ammo.

Dakota Hazen

That starts with Dakota Hazen, qualified in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles – she’s seeded second in both – and leading the field in the pole vault competition with a top-seeded height of 10 feet even, eight inches higher than Kaitlyn Calhoon of Estancia.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Lyndee Bason is a favorite to place high – if not win a State title – in long jump this weekend.

Also tops in her event is junior Lyndee Bason, who comes in with a school-record 17 foot, 4 inch leap which she made at the Capitan Tiger Invitational in April.

She’s almost a foot better than Santa Rosa’s Mikayla Garnand, and things could get tight when the competition starts at 1 p.m. on May 4.

Dominique Valadez may be the starting pitcher for Capitan’s softball team and eager to help earn a State title for her team in her senior year, but she’s also sitting second in javelin with a throw of 107-11½.

In the 100-meter dash, freshman Estrella Sedillo has the second-fastest time of the year at 13.19 seconds, trailing only Mandy Crisp of Clayton and Jessica LeBron of Desert Academy at 13.04 each.

Additionally for the girls, all four relay teams are qualified and will be running in the prelims on Friday.

Capitan’s boys were third at district behind Dexter and Eunice, with a few individuals that will challenge for some State titles of their own.

That list includes Shane Barnwell in shot put, Wyatt Lowrance in high jump and Kort Sparks in pole vault.

Also, the sprint relay team comes in with the second-fastest time in Class 3A behind Cottonwood Classical.

Individual highlights

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Jacob Smith, left, and Carrizozo’s Jacob Narvaez, seen here in the 100-meter dash at the Capitan Tiger Invitational, are both representing their schools at the State track meets in Albuquerque this weekend.

No other local schools might have enough to challenge for a team trophy this year, but there are a few individuals that are hoping to bring medals back home to Lincoln County.

That starts with Carrizozo’s Detrick Autrey in Class 1A, who is seeded second in shot put with an entry throw of 44-8½ and has the throw to beat in Friday’s discus event at 147-9.

His brother Angel – a senior – is third in discus with a throw of 109 and a quarter inch.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Hondo’s Erwin Rodriguez is looking to bring home a distance medal from the Class 1A State track meet in Albuquerque this weekend.

Additionally, Grizzlies Tristen Barela and Jared Guevara are both set to go in the javelin throw bright and early on Saturday. Freshman Kaitlyn Guevara is in a tough field for the girls 100-meter dash, while Melissa Barela has a spot in the 300-meter hurdle prelims on Friday.

Hondo has plenty of runners at this year’s meet, including freshman Kate Cooper and sophomore Kyra Lucero for the girls and junior Porfirio Romero, and freshman Erwin Rodriguez for the boys.

Corona has six boys at State, paced by senior Conner Cox in shot put, while the Cardinals also qualified in the sprint medley relay.

Only two Mescalero Chiefs are making the trip to Albuquerque this weekend, for the 2A meet, as Matias LaPaz and Ramona Fossum are both qualified in javelin.

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