Jumpers lead way at A-AA meet

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A couple of area leapers proved they could jump with the best at the New Mexico Activities Association Class A-AA Track and Field State Championship this past weekend at the University of New Mexico.

Magdalena High School junior Barak Stephens sailed 21 feet, 6.75 inches to claim the state championship in the Class AA long jump. Meanwhile in Class A, Quemado High School junior Stefan Beauchamp cleared 5-09 in the high jump to capture second place.

The Magdalena boys placed 10th overall out of 23 teams with 18.5 points. Quemado boys wrapped up ninth place out of 24 teams with 18 points. Reserve boys finished 20th.

Beauchamp also raced to a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.98.

He nabbed fifth place in triple jump with a leap of 40 feet. Stephens also showed some speed, posting a time of 23.35 in the 200 dash for third place.

Quemado freshman Wade Cauzza placed third in the shot put with a throw of 41-11.5.

Other top performances included Magdalena sophomore Michael Chambers clearing 11 feet in the pole vault to claim fourth place and Quemado’s Danny Yazzie placing fourth in the 3,200 run with a time of 11:03.97.

Reserve’s Avery Fisher finished fifth in 800 run with a time of 2:06.07.

On the girls’ side, Magdalena compiled 25 points to place eighth overall out of 26 teams. Alamo Navajo girls finished 13th overall with 10 points, and Quemado girls finished 16th overall with seven.

Magdalena junior Breann Baca topped area female athletes, taking second-place honors in the javelin throw with a mark of 112 feet. Baca also finished third in the high jump, leaping over 4-10.

Fellow Lady Steer sophomore Gabby Apachito sprinted to a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 27.65. She finished fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.46.

Alamo Navajo senior Dayna Guerro paced herself for a time of 5:50.64 in the 1,600 run to earn third place. Quemado junior Kate Eberle finished fourth in the same race with a time of 5:51.42.

Magdalena senior Kadie Kiehne posted a mark of 15-04.5 in the long jump to earn fourth place. She also was part of the fourth-place 1,600 sprint medley team that included Baca, senior Danielle Gordon and junior Abigail Bullock.

Earning fifth-place honors were Apachito, Bullock, Gordon and Kiene in the 400-meter relay; Guerro in the 800 run and Quemado’s Kayla Summers in the triple jump.