CHS TRACK: Mead, Cats fall short in district meet

CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis High’s Manuel Robles takes a handoff from Kolt Merren during the Wildcats’ winning 400 relay effort.

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

Brian Mead plans to play football in college at New Mexico State, and admits he’s anxious for that opportunity.

For the next week, though, he’d like to finish his track career with some Class 5A state hardware.

Mead ran a season-best time of 14.12 seconds on Friday to take first place in the boys 110 hurdles in the District 4-5A meet at Leon Williams Stadium.

“Every time out my hurdles time has dropped,” said Mead, who will walk on and redshirt next fall at NMSU after helping the Wildcats reach 5A state football finals in 2004 and 2005. “If my time continues to drop, I could get close to Hank’s record.”

Hank Baskett holds the school record in the event (13.86).

With the meet tied going into the 1,600 relay finale, Carlsbad edged Clovis to take the boys team title 84-82. Hobbs was third with 47 points.

Clovis, as expected, ran away with the girls meet, scoring 109 points to 61 for Hobbs and 43 for Carlsbad.

The Cats ran their best time of the year in the 400 relay, with Mead leading off and followed by Scott McMath, Kolt Merren and Manuel Robles.

Mead admits he’s starting to think about college, and at 5-foot-6 and about 150 pounds knows he’ll have to add size for the Division I game. He will move from running back to a slotback position in college.

“Coach (Hal Mummy) told me by the time I line up on the field I’ll weigh about 170 pounds,” he said. “I want to show everybody what I can do. A lot of people have some doubts about me.”

Mead helped the Cats win the 800 relay later in the day.

CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said there isn’t a better way to end a meet than for it to come down to the final event —except the Cats came up short. Carlsbad ran a time of 3:28.24 to Clovis’ 3:28.89.

“We lost the mile relay; it just came down to that,” Kelley said. “But the kids competed hard all day. I was proud of every one of them.”

Junior Manuel Robles won in triple jump, high jump and the 200, and finished second in long jump in addition to his 400-relay effort.

The Cats did well in the throwing events, going 1-2-3 in shot put led by senior Michael Cohen’s 54-8 effort, winning javelin with junior Jordan Mendoza (165-1) and finishing 2-4-6 in discus led by Dominique Chairez.

The Lady Cats won 12 events, including a sweep of the four relays and individual double winners in senior Kacee Escobar (shot and discus) and freshman Antiesha Brown (long jump and triple jump). Other wins were posted by Lorena Garza in javelin, Heather Malloy in the 200, Caitlin Waters in the 800 and Jasmine McDonald in high jump.

“All the kids did a good job,” Lady Cats coach Darrel Ray said. “We had a lot of times that are better than what we did earlier in the year.”

He said Michelle Schenk’s third-place finish in the 1,600 — behind Carlsbad twins Brittany and Brandy Castillo — “was the best part of the night,” adding that Clovis’ time of 48.57 in the 400 could be the top mark in the state heading into next week.