Clovis sweeps team titles

CNJ Staff

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High cruised to a sweep of team titles in the District 4-5A track meet Friday and Saturday at Wilson Stadium, and in the process qualified a few extra events for next week’s Class 5A state meet at Alamogordo.
The CHS boys racked up 135 points to 92 for Carlsbad. New state qualifiers for the Wildcats were Shea Chase in discus, Will Greig in the 800 and 1,600 and Ben Teconchuk in the 200.
Chase qualified by finishing second in discus and Greig by finishing second in both of his events. The top two in each event in the district meet qualify for state.
Teconchuk ran third in the finals of the 100 in 11.28, but reached the qualifying time of 10.8 in Friday’s preliminaries.
“It was a good meet,” CHS boys assistant coach Mike Hankins said. “We dropped the stick in one relay (medley) and got third in the sprint (400) relay. We don’t score like we usually do in our relays and we still win big.”
One of the highlights for the Cats was a first-through-fifth sweep of Saturday’s discus competition, led by Jacob Roberts at 144-2. Chase’s throw was 140-9.
“Our discus people going first through fifth was incredible,” Hankins said. “You hope to get three places, but to get the first five in that event was a real big boost.”
Greig came up short of the qualifying times in both races, although he had been within a couple of tenths of a second earlier in the 800. His times were 2:02.28 in the 800 and 4:36.68 in the 1,600.
“Will did a great job,” Hankins said. “He ran two very smart races; that was his best mile (1,600) of the year. I don’t know of a kid who’s worked any harder this year than Will has.”
The Cats won seven events. Besides Roberts, field event winners included Charles Purdy in shot put and Derond Jackson in triple jump.
On the track, winners were Joey Garcia in the 100 and 300 hurdles races, Jackson in the 400 and the 800 relay team of Braxton Betts, Philip Williams, Garcia and Ben Teconchuk.
Jackson was well off his state bests of 49-0 in triple jump and 24-1 in long jump. He was second in the latter event in 21-9.
“The wind yesterday (Friday) was horrible,” Hankins said. “It wasn’t as big a factor today.”
The Clovis girls rolled up 127 1/2 points to beat out Eldorado for the team title by 11. The Lady Wildcats picked up additional state qualifiers in senior LaToya Anderson in the 200, junior Tara Ray in the 400 and sophomore Teola Haskins in the 300 hurdles, all of whom finished second in their events.
“After the first day, we were in pretty good shape — we qualified three (for the finals) in the 100, three in the 100 hurdles, five in the 300 hurdles, three in the 400 and two in the 200,” CHS girls coach Darrel Ray said. “Friday night I told the girls that we’re going to try to win the meet, but if we have a chance to get a couple of extra events in (for state) we would do that. We were just trying to get enough sprint points to outdistance Eldorado’s distance points.”
The Lady Cats won five events, all on the track — Haskins in the 100 hurdles, Anderson in the 100, Monique Walker in the 200 and the 400 and 800 relay teams.
Ray said the Lady Cats should enter the state meet with the fastest 5A times in the 400 and 800 relays, with Paige Johnson, Anderson, Kela Williams and Walker, and the 100 (Anderson), 200 and 400 (both Walker). He said they were close to a school record on Saturday with their time of 1:44.19 in the 800 relay.
The Lady Cats have a good chance of finishing in the top three at state, he said. They’ll match up their speed against La Cueva’s depth and Cibola’s two senior individual standouts, hurdler Jenna Glidden and middle distance runner Rhiann Lucy.