The weather was nasty, but Santa Fe Prep came away with seven state qualifiers at Friday's Estancia High School Track and Field Invitation
Pecos had its lone qualifier when junior Josh DeHerrera ran third in the 1,600, while Panthers' junior Reyna Perez topped the field in the shot put
By ARNIE LESHIN
It was windy, it was cold, but the Santa Fe Prep track and field team still performed well at Friday's Estancia Invitational.
No matter the elements, the Griffins came away qualifying for state in no less than seven events. Pecos was also in the competition and had one state qualifier when junior Josh DeHerrera finished third in the 1,600 in the time of 4:48.57.
But for Prep, senior Patrick Boyd, who was away last season completing his semester, returned to bring more speed to the roster. He finished first in the 100 meters in state-qualifying time of 11.26, and then anchored the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays team to first places and also qualified the quartet for state.
In the 4 x 100, the foursome clocked 45:61 with senior Lucas Smith, senior Thomas Naylor, junior Harrison Naylor, and Boyd. In the 4 x 200, it was the same four winning in 1:35.14.
Then there was sophomore Sam Sparks victorious in the high jump to qualify for state at 5-8, with junior teammate Trevor Wilson taking fourth (5-4). In the triple jump, Smith went 41-2 to finish second and also qualify.
Freshman Hayden Colfax, who qualified for five events last year, added the high jump and triple jump along with the 100 and 300 hurdles she qualified for last week. She was runner-up in the high jump with a best of 4-6, and third in the triple jump by soaring 32-1 in an actual tie for second given to the one who had fewer misses.
Sophomore teammate Daisy Cunningham was third in the high jump by going 4-6. Moriarty sophomore Ashley Strader won both the high jump (5-feet) and triple jump (33-7.5).
In the 800, senior Elizabeth Whiting ran first in 2:33.01, with 8th grader Anna Swanson taking fourth in 2:51.35. In the 100 meters, Prep junior Samantha Wilson dashed 13:29 to come in second, and behind her in third was senior Annika Birk (13:41), followed by sophomore Taylor Lincoln in 13:63.
In the 100 hurdles, senior Lisa Doyle placed third in 18:51, with fifth place going to freshman Leyla Sharples in 19:08. Sharples also took fifth in the 300 hurdles in 53:55.
Also victorious among the boys was sophomore Sam Sparks in the high jump (5-8), with junior Trevor Wilson fifth with a best of 5-4. In the triple jump, Sparks qualified for state as runner-up by going 41-2. In the long jump, it was Thomas Naylor coming in fifth (18-7), and sophomore Luke Stein taking sixth at 18-6.5.5.
Sixth places went to freshman Gabe Khano in the 200 (26:33) and senior Tristan Olrik in the 800 in 2:20.21. The 4 x 400 relay took fourth in 3:53.85.
As for Pecos, it had one winner among the girls when junior Reyna Perez led the shot put field with a throw of 35-1. Fifth was senior Brooke Gallegos (28-4). In the high jump, sophomore Faith Flores finished in a three-way tie for third place by going over at 4-6.
The boy's sophomore Omar Dominguez placed second in the high jump at 5- 6, junior Michael Montano took the same spot in the 3,200 in 11:04.05, and third in the 200 was junior Sebastian Gomez in the time of 25.78.
Then there was senior Isaiah Valdez running fifth in the 100 in 11:88, sophomore Angel Varela fifth in the 800 (2:19.19) and the 4 x 100 relay four racing to third place in 3:53.05.
Valencia was the team winner in both the girls and boys with 97 and 92 points, respectively. Prep finished fourth among the girls with 54 points and Pecos was seventh with 17. The Griffin boys finished fifth with 49.5 and the Panthers were sixth with 44.