St. Michael's girls run off with team honors, winning four events in Saturday's annual Capital City Invitational at Santa Fe High School
Lady Horsemen's Lauren Chafins wins 400, teammate Jocelyn Fernandez the javelin, Santa Fe Prep's Hayden Colfax the 100 hurdles, and SFHS's Riannah Varela the long jump and triple junp
By ARNIE LESHIN
St. Michael's girls continue to serve notice that they are a threat for 4A team honors when the state track and field championships are held next month.
At Saturday's annual Capital City Invitational, The Lady Horsemen won four events and scored in 12 of the 19 to come away with 103 points, 13 better than second place Silver.
Junior sprinter Lauren Chafins, the defending 4A state 400 champion, figured in two of the victories. She topped the field in the 400 in 59:19, sped second in the 200 in 26:10, and anchored the 4 x 400 relay team that won in 4:21.59 with seniors Ellie Breeden, Amaia Bracamontes and sophomore Janai Clayton racing the other legs.
The other St. Michael's winners were senior Jocelyn Fernandez in the javelin with a personal-best of 122-08, and senior Espenanza Cortez in the 800 with a time of 2:35.33. Second to Fernandez was Santa Fe High senior Ryann Tanuz with a throw of 107-09.
Tanuz was also runner-up in the 100, racing 13:07 behind Silver's Denali Burke (12:72). Burke also won the 200 in 25:97, with Chafins second in 26:10 and Tanuz next in 26:98. The versatile Tanuz was in four events, also placing second the high jump by going 5-feet.
The Lady Horsemen also ran second to Silver in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, with the Colts winning handily each time. St. Michael's timed 52:10 in the 4 x 100 and 1:53.76 in the 4 x 200.
In the 1,600 sprint medley relay, it was Santa Fe High taking fourth in 4:48.56 and Capital next in 4:59.71.
But the double-winner was freshman Riannah Varela of the host Demonettes. She topped the field in the long jump with a best of 15-11, and also the triple jump by going 35-0. Third was Breeden (31-0) in the former hop, step and jump.
In the 100 hurdles, Santa Fe Prep freshman Hayden Colfax led the way in 16:65, with freshman teammate Leyla Shaples second in 17:25. In the 300 hurdles, Shaples took fourth in 53:40.
Freshman Riannah Varela of the host Demonettes was another winner, taking the long jump at 15-11, with St. Michael's senior Danielle Trujillo the runner-up at 15-10, and third was Chafins at 15-07.
In the 100 meters, third, fourth and fifth went to Santa Fe High freshman Shadae Herrera-Robinson (13:47), Prep junior Samantha Wilson (13:50), and Bracamontes (13:53).
In the 200, fourth place went to Herrera-Robinson (27:18) and fifth to St. Michael's senior Holly Kastiendieck (27:91).
Behind Chafins in the 400 was Clayton (1:02.81) and sophomore Judith Allison of Santa Fe High (1:03.12).
In the 3,200, Demonettes senior Sierra Sweeney ran second in 12:37.76, and in the 1,600, Santa Fe Indian School freshman Iris Emery placed fourth in 5:48.18.
Second in the discus was senior Amanda Marborough of St. Michael's with a best of 92-02. Third was senior teammate Danielle Vigil (89-01-50), and fourth was Fernandez (89-01).
In the pole vault, it was third place for the Demonettes' junior Katherine Sanchez (6-6). In the shot put, Indian School sophomore Jordan Moya was the runner-up (31-11).
Rounding out the team scoring, Santa Fe High took third with 77, the Griffins fifth with 31, and Capital ninth with 5 in the 13-school field.
Host Santa Fe High first in three events at Saturday's annual Capital City Invitational, Prep's Patrick Boyd wins 100 meters, St. Michael's Esteban Alcaraz the 100 hurdles
Horsemen finish third behind Silver and Taos
By ARNIE LESHIN
Senior Mateo Martinez was one of three winners for host Santa Fe High, soaring 11-06 in the pole vault at Saturday's annual Capital City Invitational at SFHS.
Martinez also ran the third leg on the victorious 4 x 200 relay that won in 1:34.06. He teamed with sophomore River Edwards, junior Theodore Goujon and freshman Oscar Perez. Then there was junior Zach Russell taking the javelin with a best of 149-05, with St. Michael's senior Joey Fernandez second at 145-05.
Santa Fe Prep senior Patrick Boyd dashed a personal-best and remained as one of the fastest in 3A by winning in 11 seconds flat. He was followed by Goujon (11:29) in third and Edwards fourth (11:50).
In the 400, Boyd was runner-up in 51:25, with Capital junior Lucas McNatt fourth in 51:81. Edwards was fourth in the 200 (23:19) and McNatt fifth in 23:30.
The 110 hurdles winner was St. Michael's senior Esteban Alcaraz timed in 16:94, with junior teammate Sam Baca third in 17:82. In the 300 hurdles, it was Alcaraz placing second in 42:04.
Team honors went to Silver with 81 points, with Taos second with 75.5. Third with 59.5 was St. Michael's, Prep was fourth with 42, Santa Fe High fifth with 36.16, and Capital 12th with 9.83 in the 12-school field.
The Horsemen ran second, third and fourth in the 800 behind victorious East Mountain senior Isiah Padilla (12:01.20). Second was sophomore Justin Angel in 2:04.38, next came senior Austin Luttrell in 2:04.96, and sophomore Justice Johnson fourth in the time of 2:06.73.
In the triple jump, Prep sophomore Chen Jun-Hong was the runner-up with a best of 41-01. In the shot put, St. Michael's junior Jake Tetrault was second by throwing 44-0.
Sophomore Sam Sparks of the Griffins was second in the high jump at 6-feet and fourth in the long jump at 19-feet. Boyd also went 19-feet in the long jump for third place, and in fourth was McNatt (5-10).
Silver's Brandon Chavez won both the 200 (22:75) and the 400 (50:16), and his teammate, Jonathan Harris, the same in the high jump (6-2). The 1,600 went to Taos' Simon Mount in 4:49.42, and second was Horsemen sophomore Adrian Veruete (4:51.41).
Taos was first in the 4 x 100 relay by racing 44:36, with the Griffins next in 44:99. The 4 x 400 went to Silver in 3:38.01, with St. Michael's second in 3:39.67. Taos also showed its heels in the 1,600 sprint medley in the time of 3:45.58.