CHS TRACK: Lady Cats tie for team title at Hereford

CNJ staff

HEREFORD — Ebony Bunton got off to a flying start in track this weekend.

In her first meet after helping Clovis High’s girls reach the Class 5A state finals in basketball, Bunton took first in high jump and long jump and finished second in triple jump as the Lady Wildcats earned a share of the team title with Randall in the Hereford Invitational. Both teams finished with 120 points.

Meantime, junior Manuel Robles doubled in triple jump and high jump for the Clovis boys, helping the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish.
Bunton jumped a personal-best 5-7 in high jump. She went 16-4 in long jump and 33-3 in triple jump.

Junior Jasmine McDonald was second in high jump at 5-2, and she joined Bunton with a state-qualifying mark in that event.

“We were really happy with the face we were able to come in here and win,” CHS girls coach Darrel Ray said. “We figured it would be tough with Hereford and Canyon.”

Those teams finished third and fourth, respectively, in the nine-team meet.

Kacee Escobar broke her own two-week-old school record in discus with a state-qualifying and winning mark of 128-2. Other state-qualifying marks were posted by Caitlin Waters, 2:25.28 for fifth in the 800, and Lauren McDaniel, 26.25 for first in the 200.

“Field events led the way like they did all of last year, but our running events will come along,” Ray said. “It’ll be maybe two or three weeks before it shows up.”

Robles, the two-time 5A state triple jump champion, won that event at 43-3 1/2 and took high jump with a state-qualifying mark of 6-6.

Senior Brian Mead had the Cats’ other first-place effort, winning the 110 hurdles with a state-qualifying time of 15.06 seconds.

Clovis finished with 79 points. Randall won the event with 157 1/2, while Palo Duro was second at 123 1/2.

“They competed well, considering the weather,” CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said, referring to stormy conditions on Friday night in the area. “We’ve just got to work hard in practice and get a little faster.”

Kelley and Ray both thought their teams were hurt by the fact that shot put competition was canceled because of standing water in the throwing area. Ray said Escobar would have had a good chance of winning that event.

Clovis teams are slated to return to action next Friday and Saturday in the Amarillo Relays.