Good start for Santa Fe Prep freshman Hayden Colfax winning five events with highest point score of 30.5 at Jemez Valley Warriors' Invitational
Griffin girls win nine events, boys get top-notch performances from senior Thomas Naylor and junior Van Leeson, and Desert Academy senior Lia Kane qualifies for state in the 3,200 meters
By ARNIE LESHIN
The track and field season has just begun, but young Hayden Colfax is already off to the races.
Now a Santa Fe Prep freshman, last year she qualified for multiple events at the state championships. She ran a relay and was also the triple jump, the high jump and the 100 and 300 hurdles.
She's also just gaining more experience after her first time on the varsity, and at the recent Warrior Invitational at Jemez Valley, she was back in the same events.
No state-qualifying performances in the individual events, but she still reeled one in on the victorious 1,600 relay quartet that qualified for state in 4:29.41. She teamed up with junior Selma Flint, sophomore Taylor Lincoln, and junior Elizabeth Whitting, who also qualified for state by winning the 800 meters in 2:26.71.
Colfax then led the field with a 17.61 over the 100 hurdles, 52 seconds flat over the 300 hurdle distance, 31-7 in the triple jump, and 4-8 in the high jump.
The Griffin girls also took first in the medley relay in 4:56.70 and the 400 relay in 55:27. The medley foursome ran with a trio of 8th graders in Raelyn Gonzales, Chelsea Griscom, Mark, and senior Sage Crosby. In the sprint relay, it was Flint, senior Liza Doyle, Lincoln, and Mark.
As for the versatile Colfax, she was also the meet's high-pointer with a 30.5 total.
Doyle won the long jump by going 15.2, and the 800 relay team ran fifth in 2:11.80 with junior Francesca Maestas, sophomore Eliza Hillenkamp, 8th grader Lizette Flores, and senior Ashley Thomas.
It's early, but long-time head coach Tove Shere, a splendid athlete herself, already lists 34 on her girl's roster.
"It's early," she said, "so I'm still rounding out the roster."
Desert Academy also competed here and senior Lia Kane, coming off a second-place finish at the cross country championships, qualified for state by running second in the 3,200 in 12:45.37. In the 1,600, she took third in 5:57.40.
In the boy's field, Wildcats' junior Jonas Kaare-Rasmussen did 5:28.95 in the 1,600.
As for the Griffin boys, it was a good event for senior Thomas Naylor and junior Van Leeson. The lone win for Naylor was in the triple jump when he went 38-10, but he also finished second in the 100 meters in 11.63, fourth in the, fifth in the javelin with a throw of 1-09.7, and ran on the 1,600 relay team that took fourth in 3:55.92. He passed the baton with seniors Lucas Smith, Tristan Orlick and Tate Birk.
Leeson had a pair of hurdle seconds by going 18.37 in the 100 and 47.67 in the 300. He also ran a leg on the 800 relay quartet that raced fourth in 1:50.63, and teamed with 8th graders Julian Rosales, John Allison and Kensel Chen, who placed third in the triple jump by soaring 34-1 ½.
In the 200, Smith came across in a fourth-place 25.01. In the 800, it was also a fourth for Orlick in 2:19.55. Third place went to the Prep in the 400 relay with freshman Alex Mazur, Smith, Orlick and Birk timed in 48.91.
In the long jump, it was a third place for Birk as he went 16-8 ¾. In the high jump, Chen went over at 4-10 to take sixth, and junior Abelino Fernandez-Leger finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 84-0.
The Griffins are off until the March 25th West Las Vegas Invitational. On the 31st they will be at the Estancia Invitation, followed by the April 4th two-day Golden Spike Classic at Santa Fe High, the April 8th Jaguar Invitational at Capital High, and the April 15 Capital City Invite at Santa Fe High.