Alamo track fares well

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The Alamo Navajo Community School (ANCS) track team faced tough competition by competing with Mountainair, Socorro, Tularosa and Magdalena at the Stockyards Relays in Magdalena on April 17.

The Alamo Navajo Community School (ANCS) track team faced tough competition by competing with Mountainair, Socorro, Tularosa and Magdalena at the Stockyards Relays in Magdalena on April 17.

A total of 11 schools were at the meet. The ANCS boys placed in two running events. Anthony Guerro placed fifth in the 1,600 run, crossing the finish line with a time of 5:40.2. Trevor Guerro followed in sixth place with a time of 5:44.7. Jade Loma finished seventh with a time of 5:46.8.

Socorro High School’s Matthew Lucero finished first in the 1,600 with a time of 4:59.5. Lucero also won the 3,200 run with a time of 11:19.08.

In the 400 dash, ANCS student Daryl Apachito came in ninth with a time of :59.3 seconds. Barak Stephens from Magdalena High School won the event with a time of :54.9.

Track coach Wendell Apache is pleased with the result of the boys’ performance up to now.

“We are happy that the distance runners have been doing quite well since cross country,” he said.

In the girls’ events, Dayna Guerro captured first place in the 800 run with a time of 2:38.5 and a time of 6:09.5 in the 1,600 run. Guerro qualified for the state track meet in both events.

“Dayna’s always been a good runner,” Apache said. “What I like about her is that she really knows how to prepare herself for races.”

In the field events, Chris Loma came in 16th while Payton Apache came in 28th out of a field of 38 competitors with distances of 83 feet, 8 inches and 67 feet, 9 inches, respectively.

For the girls, ANCS student Brydean Ganadonegro placed 10th, Rena Ganadonegro placed 13th and Melphina Apache placed 16th in the shot put. There were 31 competitors in the field.

In the girls’ discuss throw, Apache finished second with a distance of 73 feet, 8 inches, Ganadonegro placed 13th with 67 feet, 7 inches. Rena Ganadonegro placed 20th with 54 feet, 8 inches. Both are junior high students.

“(Melphina) is only in the eighth grade. She throws well,” Apache said. “She stays up there with the high school girls. If everything goes well, we can get her to qualify for state.”