HOBBS — Help came in a big way Tuesday night for the Clovis High girls track team.
Buoyed by the addition of several junior high runners, the Lady Wildcats won 11 of 19 events and rolled to victory with 174 points in the eight-school Hobbs Qualifier track meet. The host Lady Eagles were second with 93 points.
“The cavalry came in tonight, and they gave us a big lift,” CHS girls track coach Darrel Ray said after his squad won a track meet for the first time this spring.
“The kids did a pretty good job. We just wanted to find out what some of these kids were going to do in competition.”
The Clovis boys also had a good day, as the Wildcats piled up 149 points to 98 for Hobbs and 81 for Lovington.
The Lady Cats qualified their 1600 medly relay with LaToya Anderson, Paige Johnson, Monique Walker and Katrina Lozoya running a time of 4:25.13 to finish second.
Also, sophomore Cristin Vick tied the school record in girls pole vault she set Friday in qualifying for state at Alamogordo, winning the event at 8-6. And Yucca Junior High freshman Kim Perkins won the 300 hurdles in 48.43, just short of the 48-flat time needed to qualify for state.
“I think Friday night (in a qualifier at Carlsbad) she’ll probably get qualified, because I think we’ll have better competition,” Ray said.
The Lady Cats won the 400 relay in 49.77 with Anderson, Johnson, Marshall eighth-grader Kela Williams and Walker. They also won the 800 relay in 1:50.77 with Erin Farkas, Johnson, Williams and Marshall eighth grader Brittany Jimenez, and the 1600 relay in 4:19.82 with Marshall freshman Vanessa O’Neal and Helen Morning, Perkins and junior Tara Ray.
Other individual event winners were Teola Haskins, 16.49 in the 100 hurdles; Anderson, 12.17 in the 100 and 25.92 in the 200; Tara Ray, 1:03.30 in the 400 (O’Neal was second in 1:03.46); Chanel Ross, 34-5 in shot put, and Megan Willis, 5:45.81 in the 1,600.
The boys were able to qualify their 1600 relay, running 3:23.91 with Joey Garcia, Jarren Mack, Ben Teconchuk and Derond Jackson. That means all four of the Wildcats’ relays have qualified for state.
“That was the main thing we came down here to do,” CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said.
Garcia ran a personal-best 13.91 in winning the 110 hurdles, while Jackson improved on his time from Friday in the 100 in leading a 1-2-3 Clovis finish in 10.58 Teconchuk was second at 10.83 — he needs 10.8 to qualify — and Phillip Williams followed in 11.06.
Senior Will Greig got within one-tenth of a second of qualifying in 800, winning in 1:59.2. Other winners were Vinnie Williams, 144-9 in discus; Braxton Betts, 23.02 in the 200; Tyrell Northcutt, 10:23.92 in the 3,200, and the 400 relay team of Betts, Phillip Williams, Josh Mondragon and Teconchuk in 43.5.
Kelley also singled out sophomore Matt Loewen’s second-place effort of 4:45.88 in the 1,600.