CHS teams nearly pull off sweep

Staff report

CARLSBAD — Clovis High nearly pulled off a sweep in Thursday’s Ron Singleton Invitational track meet at Carlsbad.

The boys won the event with 96.34 points, two more than Odessa High and 3 1/2 ahead of Hobbs. Meantime, the girls finished second at 109.19 to trail first-place Odessa High by 11 points.

The totals are skewed because pole vault and high jump competitions were canceled due to windy conditions and meet directors, rather than simply not score them, simply divvied up those points between contestants.

CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said the Wildcats had a solid overall meet, notably in the relays.

“We won quite a few events,” he said. “Our relays ran well, and Tucker (Dobbs) ran a good time in the quarter (400).”

Dobbs won the event in 51.25 seconds, while senior Kamal Cass (100) and junior Taylor Stratton (300 hurdles) also added wins on the track. The Cats won the 400 and 800 relays, finished second in the medley relay and third in the 1,600 relay.

“Kamal ran nice and relaxed (in the 100),” Kelley said. “He did a good job on that and on the two (winning) relays.”

Junior Alfonso Rivas won javelin competiution with a state-qualifying throw of 170 feet, 8 inches.

“He’s probably third in the state (in Class 5A) right now,” Kelley said.

For the girls, junior Shelby Jones won in shot put and posted a state-qualifying mark of 128-2 for second place in javelin, breaking her own school record.

The Lady Wildcats were first in two relays as well, while senior Sasha Smith-Pollard posted wins in the 100 and 200 and sophomore Samantha Meza led a 1-2-4 finish in the 3,200. Coach Mike Hankins added that junior Sara Lucero and freshman Jaci Sievers had strong days.

Clovis teams return to action on Friday in the Moriarty Invitational.