Socorro boys first, girls second at home meet


After a false start, the Zimmerly Relays made it to the finish line, despite ominous skies, windy weather and cool temperatures on Saturday, with host Socorro winning the boys meet and its girls coming in second among four schools.

It was inclement weather – high winds and the threat of rain or snow – that postponed the high school track and field meet, originally scheduled for last Thursday. Conditions were only a little better when the meet got underway Saturday morning.

Senior Ray Vaiza led the Socorro boys to victory, winning the 100-meter dash, the 400 and the long jump. His mark of 20 feet, 6 inches was just one-half inch short of what he recorded at last year’s state meet, when he finished third in the Class 3A event.

The wind hampered his times in the running events. He won the 100 in 11.56 seconds and the 400 in 54.66.

Dylan Gallegos and Dominic Baca also scored double-digit points for the Warriors. They finished 1-2, respectively, in the 200. Their order was reversed in the 100 where they finished third and fourth.

Gallegos was also second in the 330 hurdles and won the triple jump with a mark of 38-09. Baca was third in both the 400 and the long jump.

Other top performers on the track for Socorro were James Howell (second in the 800) and Sierra Cahall (second in the 1600).

In field events, David Robinson got a wakeup call from Hope Christian’s Jonathan Millar. Robinson, a state champion in the discus two years running, finished second to Millar.

At last year’s state meet, Robinson won the event with a throw of 143-02. He was a foot short of that mark on Saturday, but Millar, who lost to Robinson by 4 feet at state, was 4-feet better this time around with a toss of 146-02.

Robinson came back to win the javelin with a throw of 150-04. Socorro dominated the event with Zach Robinson, Nate Fenby and Robert Smith finishing third through fifth.

Socorro’s Kendal Pyke won the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, while Raymond Chavez finished third.

Also for the Warriors, Adam Paz was second to Gallegos in the triple jump by one-half inch.

Socorro also got first-place finishes from its 400-meter realy team, which ran unopposed, and its medley relay team.

In all, Socorro racked up 143.5 points to easily outdistance Hope, which tallied 117. Ruidoso was third with 79 points, and East Mountain rounded out the field with 32.5.

Hope scored 156 points to win the girls meet. Socorro (114) was second with East Mountain (43) and Ruidoso (25) placing well behind.

Zoe Howell led Socorro’s girls, winning 100 in 12.82 and the 800 in 2:28.12 in less-than ideal conditions.

Also on the track, Tamara Chavez was third in the 100 and Julie Aster was third in the 800, while Leah Guengerich was fourth.

Aster also scored for Socorro in the pole vault, placing second.

In other field events, Angelina Stanzione was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Kierra Schauer was third in the long jump.

The Warrior girls got their most production in the throwing events, with Michelle Rivera the standout.

Rivera won the shot put with a mark of 27 feet even and the discus with a throw of 76-05. She was second to teammate Marrissa Sarate in the javelin.

Sarate won the javelin with a throw of 81-10 and placed second behind Rivera in the shot put. Mariah Anaya was second to Rivera in the discus and was fourth in the javelin.

The Lady Warrior relay teams finished second to Hope in all four events.


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