CHS tracksters qualify three

ALAMOGORDO — Running with less than full squads, Clovis High qualified three new events for Class 5A state competition, with the boys finishing second and the girls third in Friday's Alamogordo qualifier track meet.

The boys finished with 73 points, trailing only Alamogordo — team standings were not available. Rio Rancho Cleveland won the girls side easily with 160 points to 70 for Alamo and 68 for the Lady Wildcats.

Sophomore Shelby Jones had a big night for the Lady Cats, winning shot put (39-1) and javelin competition (127-8) and finishing fourth in discus. All three were personal bests, and the javelin mark was a school record.

Senior Jenna Sievers won high jump at 5-2, junior Rebekah Gallop took fist in the 3,200 in her first time to run the event this year with a state-qualifying time of 11:58.04. Senior Jacee Isler was second in the 300 hurdles and three relays also came in second, with the 400 relay getting a state-qualifying time.

"Overall, it was a good night for the kids," CHS girls coach Mike Hankins said. "We had some other kids who had other things going on, but third place is a good night for us."

The highlight for the boys was a state-qualifying win at 12 feet in pole vault for junior Hector Flores. Senior Chase Beausoleil also took a win in the 1,600 in 4:37.79 and the 1,600 relay team won in 1:30.00.

Meantime, the 400 and 800 relay teams each placed second.

"We improved our 4×2 and 4-by-4 times," CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said. "I was real proud of the 4-by-2 without Traivon (Sopila); I wanted to see how they'd compete without him."

The boys will be in action on Tuesday in the Hobbs qualifier, while the boys and girls are slated to compete on Friday in the Ross Black Relays at Lovington.

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