A number of track and field athletes qualified for state out of two-day Golden Spike Classic run at Santa Fe High this past Wednesday and Thursday
Santa Fe Prep's Hayden Colfax, SF Indian School's Iris Emery, Santa Fe High's Riannah Varela win two events
By ARNIE LESHIN
Better late than never, especially for the track and field athletes who competed in the annual two-day Golden Spike Classic at Santa Fe High.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, wind, snow, and cold, it was postponed and moved to Wednesday and Thursday. The weather made an abrupt change and made this event one in which many of the competitors qualified for state, especially the girls.
With the Santa Fe area schools dominating the girl's field by wining 16 of the 19 events, St. Michael's edged the host Demonettes, 99-95, for the team championship.
Santa Fe Prep freshman Hayden Colfax won both hurdles, Santa Fe Indian School freshman Iris Emery won both the 800 and 1,600, and Santa Fe HS freshman Riannah Varela won both the long jump and triple jump.
Then there was St. Michael's junior Lauren Chafins, the defending state 4A 400 champion, taking the 200, senior teammate Ellie Breeden the 400, Lady Horsemen senior Amanda Marborough the shot put, Desert Academy senior Lia Kane the 3,200, Academy of Technology and The Classics Lilia Noger-Onstott the pole vault, and Santa Fe Prep senior Anika Birk the 100 meters, where she emerged victorious in 13:17.
As for the four relays, three went to St. Michael's and one to the Demonettes, who won the 4 x 200 while the Lady Horsemen took the 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and 1,600 sprint medley relays. The return of Breeden, who was sidelined last season with injuries, has added more speed to the St. Michael's quartets.
Colfax, who qualified for five events at state last year, had already qualified in the high jump, triple jump and both hurdles, but she improved her times in the hurdles, as well as the triple jump (32-65), where she finished second to Varela, who went 33-11. In the shorter hurdles Colfax went 17.08, and in the 300 obstacle clocked 49.81.
Noeger-Onstott also qualified with a pole vault of 8 feet, Emery from the 800 where she ran 2:28.36, Birk in the 200, where she finished behind Chafins in 27.80, Breeden qualifying by running 1:02.80 in the 400, and Kane did the same in the 3,200 with she finished in 12:30.34.
In the relays, state qualifying times were raced by St. Michael's in the 4 x 400 (4:18.87) and sprint medley (3:49.83) and by Santa Fe High in the 4 x 200 in the time of 1:51.72. The Lady Horsemen sped 1:52.04 in the 4 x 200 and 51.95 in the 4 x 100.
Marborough's best throw in the shot was 31-04, but was not a state qualifying distance. Senior teammate Jocelyn Fernandez has already qualified in the javelin with a best of 118-05.
Then there was Griffins' senior Elizabeth Whiting qualifying for state in the 800, where she raced 2:30.34 to place second behind Emery. In the long jump, Varela soared 15-01.
The remaining three events were won by West Las Vegas in the discus and javelin, and Taos in the high jump.
Six went to St. Michael's, three each to Santa Fe High and Prep, two from Indian School, and one apiece from ATC and Desert Academy.
The Griffins scored 70.5 to finish third, the Braves seventh with 21, the Wildcats eighth with 18, ATC 10th with 12, and 11th was Capital with 5.5 points.
NOTE: In the 4 x 100 relay, St. Michael's ran with Jocelyn Fernandez, Chafins, sophomore Janai Clayton and Breeden. In the 4 x 200, senior Amaia Bracomontes replaced Breeden on the anchor leg. In the 4 x 400, it was Fernandez, Chafins, Clayton and Bracomontes, and in the sprint medley the foursome was Bracomontes, senior Nique Enloe, Breeden and sophomore Violet Eklund.
The Santa Fe High 4 x 200 quartet had senior Ryan Tanuz, freshman Amber Lujan, Varela and freshman Shadae Herrera-Robinson.
Santa Fe High junior Theodore Goujon's qualifies for state in 200. Santa Fe Prep senior Patrick Boyd runs in 400, at the two-day Golden Spike Classic run at Santa Fe High
Demons' senior Mateo Martinez first in the pole vault, Griffins' senior Thomas Naylor wins the javelin, St. Michael's runs first in the 1,600 sprint medley relay
Theodore Goujon of Santa Fe High qualified for state last year in the 100 and 200 meters, didn't do as well as he would have liked against the 6A field, so now he's back to try again.
At the Golden Spike Classic held at his school Wednesday and Thursday after being postponed by nasty weather on Tuesday, he ran first in both sprints, dashing 22:34 in the 200 to again qualify for state, and racing 11:01 in the 100 to fall short of qualifying there.
Then there was Santa Fe Prep senior sprinter Patrick Boyd who missed last season's spring sports because of a semester who completed elsewhere. Now he's back to add more speed to the relays, and at this event he ran 52.98 to win the 400 in state-qualifying time.
Mateo Martinez, a senior and a truly versatile athlete, went over the pole vault bar at 11-06 to win the event. In the sprint medley relay, St. Michael's ran first in 3:44.25 behind sophomores Sebastian Alcaraz and Hayden Lee, senior Esteban Alcaraz and sophomore Justin Angel.
The Demons made it a sweep in the team scoring, joining the Demonettes by finishing on top with 59 points, five better than St. Michael's. Prep took sixth with 39, Santa Fe Indian School ninth with 28.5, ATC 10th with 23, Desert Academy 11th with 15, and 12th was Capital with 13 points.
Braves' senior Michael Tenorio, the state 4A cross country champion, qualified for state in the 3,200, running 10:17.50 and finishing second to East Mountain senior Isiah Padilla (9:56.96), who was second in the 400.
In the 1,600, Angel ran third and Tenorio sixth. In the 800, Angel finished second, Tenorio third and Horsemen senior Austin Luttrell fourth.
Capital junior Lucas McNatt took third in the 100 and 200 meters. Esteban Alcaraz ran second in the 110 hurdles and Indian School senior Marc Riley did the same in the 300. In the triple jump, Prep sophomore Sam Sparks placed third.
In the 4 x 100, Academy of Technology and The Classics, ran second, just ahead of St. Michael's and Santa Fe High. In the 4 x 200, the Demons came in second. In the 4 x 400, Prep placed second, just ahead of the Horsemen, and in the sprint medley won by St. Michael's, Desert Academy was third.
Qualifying for state in the relays was ATC in the 4 x 100 (45:23), St. Michael's in the 4 x 200 (1:52.14), the Horsemen in the 4 x 400 (4:20.04), and in the sprint medley in 4:39.83.
In the shot put, Desert Academy senior Rise Miller was the runner-up, Demons' junior Zach Russell was third and Capital sophomore Jacob Jiron finished fourth. Russell also came in fourth in the discus and third in the javelin.