Magdalena girls top 15 teams, capture first place

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Keeping track of a dozen teenage girls isn’t an easy task, especially when they can run quickly. But Magdalena girls track and field coach Bryan Baca said he was proud of his team, who focused on their work and won the Estancia Invite April 10 over 15 other teams.

Jim Goodman — Mountain View Telegraph: Magdalena’s Hozanna Kiker runs the 200-meter race. She and 11 other Lady Steers won the 16-team meet.

The Lady Steers had 86 points, beating second place Jemez Valley by 14.

“Only 12 girls running to take a meet like this — they all did five events,” Baca said. “This is the biggest meet we’ve been to.”

Competing in five events can often mean that not only are you running the 100-meter dash, but you’re making a 400-meter sprint to throw the discus after you’re done. That means getting from one end of the field to the other end before getting disqualified.

Gabby Apachito was second in total points for females at the meet but led her team with 18 points. She won the 100-meter (13.11), was third in the 200 (27.75), fourth in the high jump (4 feet 4 inches) and ran the anchor legs to help her team earn silver medals in the 4×100 (52.50) and 4×200 (1:54.08).

Jim Goodman — Mountain View Telegraph: Magdalena’s Cy Kellis nears the bar he cleared at nine feet, which placed him second in the pole vault at the Estancia Invite on Thursday.

Kadie Kiehne and Breann Baca got the second and third most points for Magdalena with 17.5 and 15.5 points, respectively.

The Magdalena boys were eighth at the Estancia Invite with 25 points. Barak Stephens earned 20 of those points as the high overall male scorer.