Lady Warriors qualify for state, look to improve

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Socorro High School hosted a four-team track meet last Friday at Casteneda Field.

Tanya Pyke — for El Defensor Chieftain: Tamera Chavez took second place honors in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.14.

The Warrior track team took second place with a score of 88.5 points, the Lady Warriors placed third overall with 78.5 points.

As a combined boys’ and girls’ team, Socorro took fourth place with 88.5 points.

Tanya Pyke — for El Defensor Chieftain: Jacob Breaux prepares to throw the javelin during Friday’s meet.

The participating teams were Socorro, Hope Christian, Zuni, and Ruidoso.

Several members of the Lady Warrior track team have qualified for state, so the rest of the season will be used to improve time and distance according to Coach Dianna Jameson.

The team comprised of senior Tamera Chavez, freshmen KaLynn Darras and Maya Cordova and junior Daneisha Thornton took first place in the 4×100 relay with a time of 52.94. Eighth-grader Audrey Baca replaced Cordova for the 4×200 relay team, and the girls placed second with a time of 1:54.34.

“They already qualified for state, but they shaved off a few seconds and improved their time,” Jameson said.

Chavez took second place honors in the 100-meter dash (13.14) and placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.44.

“Tamera is our leader and is a great inspiration for our young team. I look to her to help the underclassmen and show them how to perform,” Jameson said.

Freshman Maya Cordova placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.34 min. Chavez also placed second in the long jump at a distance of 14 feet, 10 inches.

Baca placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.64, and she also placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, .50 inches.

Taneisha Thornton took third place in the shot put with a distance of 29 feet, 8 inches.

Emerald Goranson took third in the 3,200 run with a time of 13:13.38.

Sister Autumn Goranson placed fifth in the 1,600 run at 6:16.14.

Camryn Sager placed seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.71; Olivia Deters and Zoe Esquivel tied for ninth with a time of 19.14. Esquivel also placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 28 feet, 3.5 inches.

“Zoe is doing great as an eighth-grader, and I expect to see her only get better in the future,” Jameson said.

Freshman Destiney Vergara placed seventh in the discus with her throw of 68 feet. Sophomore Aracely Alderete placed fifth in the javelin with her throw of 71 feet.

Cathryn Wellborn placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.94.

For the Warriors, Manuel Licano took third in the 3,200 run as well as second in the 1,600 run with times of 1:29.24 and 4:51.44, respectively. Jesse Fielder came in second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.54 and also placed seventh in the boys 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54.

Freshmen Michael Armijo II took first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.54 and 23.74, respectively. He also placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.94. Armijo also finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 3.5 inches.

Damien Cardenas placed first in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:09.64. James Howell placed third with a time of 2:12.84. Jeric Chavez placed third in the high, long, and triple jump with distances of 5 feet, 8 inches; 17 feet, 9 inches; and 37 feet, 3 inches, respectively.

Eighth-grader Jacob Breaux tied for second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.14, and he finished seventh in the discus as he threw 86 feet, 10 inches.

Colton Wheeler placed eighth in the 100-meter and sixth in the 400-meter dashes with times of 12.64 and 57.04, respectively. Matthew Lucero came in seventh in the 400-meter dash with at time of 57.74.