Area track team show off at T or C


On Saturday Hot Springs High School hosted the Fifth Annual Mike Tooley Relays in Tiger Stadium. Despite heavy winds and blowing dust that affected performance times and javelin distances, the athletes dealt with the adversities of the day and completed the well-run and well-attended event with youthful heartiness.

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Participating schools included Cobre, Socorro, Alamo, Magdalena, Mountainair, Carrizozo, Hatch, Silver, Tularosa, Lordsburg and Hot Springs. Socorro coaches Diana Jameson and Lee Cody directed their athletes as did coach Corine Madril for the Magdalena group.

Socorro senior Adam Paz made his coaches proud when he qualified for state competition in three events. He cleared 5 feet 10 inches in the high jump, and he traveled a distance of 20 feet 6.5 inches in the long jump. He flew 44 feet 3 inches in the triple jump, which is a school record, and leads the state in all classes.

Outstanding in distance runs was senior Sierra Cahall from Socorro who won the 1600-meter run so far ahead of any competition that he nearly lapped the last runner at the finish line and behind no runners could be seen trailing him.

The results stated below are taken from the Runner Card website and, in error, they did not have Cahall listed in the results of the 1600 run, consequently, the time for his finish was not available at publication time.

The men’s overall team scores after 19 events had Silver at the top with 123.5 points. Socorro was listed third with 59 points and Alamo, which entered only a distance runner, was listed 10th with one point.

The women’s overall team scores after 19 events had Silver winning the meet with 80.5 points. The Magdalena team was listed fourth with 43 points. Socorro was seventh on the list with 34 points and Alamo was 11th with 10 points.

In the girls triple jump, sophomore Abby Bullock of Magdalena placed first with a jump of 33 feet, 2 inches.

Also of Magdalena, freshman Jaydin Stephens placed third. Winning the long jump was Socorro senior Adam Paz with a 20- foot 6.5 inch jump. Teammates senior Dylan Gallegos placed fourth and sophomore Colton Wheeler placed sixth.

For the girls long jump, junior Kadie Kiene of Magdalena placed first, jumping 14 feet, 5 inches. Socorro eighth-grader Danisha Thornton placed fourth. Eighth-grader Catherin Wellborn of Socorro placed ninth. Magdalena freshman Heather Rodriguez placed 15th.

Socorro senior Adam Paz won the boys triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 3 inches. His team mate, eighth grader Gabriel Franco, placed 11th.

Ultavius Nash of Carrizozo cleared 6 feet to win the boys high jump event. Socorro senior Adam Paz placed second with a jump of 5 feet 10 inches. Socorro eighth-grader Gabriel Franco finished ninth.

In the girls high jump Socorro sophomore JeriAna Contreras won the event clearing 5 feet. Team mates junior Janae Matai placed seventh and freshman Daniel Rivera placed ninth.

Sarai Clendenin of Hot Springs won the girls pole vault clearing 8 feet 6 inches. Eighth grader Julie Aster of Socorro placed second with a vault of 8 feet.

Dakota Bencomo of Silver won the boys javelin event with a distance of 144 feet, 5 inches. Socorro senior Damien Baca placed fifth with a distance of 113, feet 7 inches and team mates Justin Sarate placed sixth and Sam Boykin placed ninth.

Brandon Molina of Silver won the boys shot put with a distance of 47 feet. Isaac Beltran of Socorro placed fifth with a distance of 41 feet 6 inches.

In the girls shot put the winning distance was of 31 feet, 11.5 inches won by Sarah Mars of Tularosa. Socorro freshman Danisha Thornton finished sixth with a distance of 29 feet 6 inches.

In the boys discus event the winning throw of 137 feet, 2 inches was by Brandon Molina of Silver. Justin Sarate of Socorro placed fourth with a distance of 116 feet, 2 inches. In the girls discus Sarah Mars of Tularosa won the event with throw of 104 feet, 6.5 inches. Socorro sophomore Bryn Botko placed ninth with a distance of 75 feet, 11 inches.

In the 100-meter dash Socorro eighth grader Danisha Thornton’s time was 13.46 and Gabbie Apachito of Magdalena placed eighth with a time of 13.74. The winning time was 12.79 made by Natasha Macon of Cobre.

In the girls 400-meter dash, Mountainair’s Tern Kayser’s winning time was 1:08.38. Sophomore Raven Taylor of Socorro placed seventh with a time of 1:20.26.

Socorro senior Sierra Cahall placed third in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 215.97 and won the 1,600 run. Daniel Soliz of Cobre was listed as winning the race with a time of 2:07.79 but that was in error. On that list Socorro boys freshman Manuel Licano finished fourth with a time of 5:39.28. Freshman Adonnis Lozano’s 11th place time was 6:09.17 and freshman Asher Guengerich finished 13th with a time of 6:33.32.

In the Boy’s 3200-Meter Run, Mathew Lisk of Mountainair won with a time of 11:25.82. Freshman Seamus Parker of Socorro placed seventh with a time of 12:25.37, and Alamo’s sophomore Owen Apache finished eighth with a time of 12:28.42.

In the Girl’s 100 Meter Hurdles Selina Munoz of Lordsburg won with a time of 16.72. Freshman Jaydin Stephens of Magdalena finished third with a time of 19.27, and sophomore JeriAna Contreras of Socorro placed fourth with a time of 19.27. Junior Tristen Dunlap of Magdalena placed sixth with a time of 20.03.

In the boys 110-meter hurdles the winning time was 14.06 by Andrew Little of Silver. Sophomore Jessie Fielder of Socorro placed seventh with a time of 20.11.

In the boys 300-meter hurdles Andrew Little of Silver won the race with a time of 42.37. Jessie Fielder of Socorro placed seventh with a time of 53.09 In the girls 300-meter hurdles JeriAna Contreras of Socorro finished first with a time of 54.34. Magdalena’s Jaydin Stephens placed third with a time of 58.13, and her teammates junior Ashley Tafoya placed fourth with a time of 58.39, and Tristen Dunlap placed fifth with a time of 58.39.

Socorro freshman Camryn Sager’s time was 1:05.83, and Socorro freshman Avzia Guerro’s time was 1:10.79.

The girls 4 X 100 was won by Tularosa with a time of 53.32. Socorro’s team placed fifth with a time of 55.75.

Socorro placed third in the girls 4 X 200 with a time of 2:07.03. Silver won with a time of 2:03.20.

Silver won the boys 4 X 400 with a time of 3:47.77. Socorro’s time was 3:59.03 and placed third.

Cobre won the boys sprint medley relay with a time of 4:06.13, and Socorro placed fourth with a time of 4:24.81.