Shorthanded Cats earn first at Belen

CNJ staff

Despite being shorthanded, the Clovis Lady Wildcats won six events Friday at the Belen Invitational on their way to a first-place finish in their season-opening meet.

Clovis placed in nine events for 115.5 points, with Las Vegas Robertson taking second with 79 1/2 points and Belen third with 76 points.

The defending Class 5A state champions dominated the throwing events
In the discus, Clovis took the top four sports led by senior Kacee Escobar, who paced the Lady Cats with a state-qualifying throw of 126 feet, 9 inches. Senior Lorena Garza was second with a throw of 116-10.

“We had some great throws today,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. “Considering we were running light, they did very well today.”

Several of the Lady Cats top athletes are playing in the state basketball tournament.

In the relays, Clovis finished first in the 400-, 800- and 1,600- meter events, and placed third in the medley with a time of 4:49.61.

The Lady Cats finished first and second in the 200 meters, as freshman Tara DeWitt took first with a time of 26.36 and junior Laura McDaniel was second (26.52).

Junior Lainey Flatow soared for first place in the high jump with a leap of 5-2, which was a state qualifying jump.

Flatow also took fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.18 seconds.

“Lainey’s high jump was way ahead of where she was even at the end of last season,” Ray said. “And Tara and Laura had a great track meet.”