Steers step it up at Stockyard Relays
The Magdalena Lady Steers track and field team finished third with 82 points at their home meet and Magdalena’s boys team finished fifth, also with 82 points.
The Quemado boys team finished ninth with 24 points and the Lady Eagles were eighth with 38 points. The Alamo Lady Cougars trailed in at 10th with 4 points.
The Lady Steers were edged by District 6-1A rival Menaul, which finished with 85 points.
Magdalena’s main disadvantage was in the sprints, where it didn’t have any placers and Menaul scored several.
The Lady Steers strength was in strong performances in the relays and a balance in field events.
Magdalena runners Aubri Zamora, Maxie Kiehne, Kameron Armstrong and Nicah Montoya won the medley relay in a state qualifying time of 4:48.59.
“That was the first time we got to run the medley relay all year,” said coach Corine Madril.
The Lady Steers also finished second in the 400-meter relay and third in the 1600 relay. The 400 relay team is close to qualifying — and that is with one runner not at full capacity, said Madril.
Montoya finished third in a razor close 800-meter run in a time of 2:38.44, good enough to qualify for state.
“That’s the best race she ran all year,” said Madril, noting that Montoya shaved seven seconds off of her time. “She looked good all the way.”
Solid performances from Kellie Goodell, Holly Billy and Alicia Armijo in the throws and pole vaults by Armstrong and April Martinez earned the Lady Steers plenty of points in field events.
Kiehne contributed in the 300-meter hurdles and 800-meter run and Veranda Secatero finished third in the 3200-meter run.
The Steers stood out in the long jump, where they took four of the top six spots. Reggie Peralto, Daniel Hand, Ryan Alguire and Bryce Milligan placed second, third, fourth and sixth, respectively.
Peralto and Hand also placed second and third in the 800-meter run, coming in neck and neck, both with times of 2:17. Hand was second in the 1600-meter run with a state qualifying time of 4:57.60.
William Guin was fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.18 seconds. Alguire placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 4 inches and Wyatt Billy was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 5 inches.
“I think every single one of our relays had better times,” said coach Jory Mirabal. “We’re right there to qualify the medley.”
The Steers won the medley relay in a time of 4:03.98. The Steers finished third in the 400 relay and were fifth in the 1600.
“We’re shooting for district and trying to get prepared for that,” Mirabal said, highlighting sophomore Matthew Lopez, who cut 15 seconds off of his 400-meter dash time.
If some kids qualify along the way it’ll be an added bonus, he said.
The Lady Eagles had good performances in the middle distance and jumps.
Emily Ferranti and Judith Flores placed fourth and sixth in the 400-meter run. Shyann Vance placed fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 200-meter dash. Amands Sirman was third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles.
Jonathan Roberts earned the Eagles’ best placement to finish tied for third in the pole vault with an 8-feet leap. He also placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Danny Yazzie was fifth in the 1600-meter run. Steven Pohl was fifth in the high jump and sixth in the pole vault.
Quemado placed fifth in the medley relay.
Shara Abeyta was the only individual to earn points for the Lady Cougars with a fifth place finish of 16:14.59 in the 3200-meter run. The Cougar boys had several entries, but didn’t place high enough to bring home points.
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