CHS track squads solid at Moriarty

Staff report

MORIARTY — Clovis High’s track teams had a productive night on Friday in the Moriarty Invitational, perhaps no one more so than junior Heather Pastirchak.

Pastirchak cleared 10 feet, 3 inches to win girls pole vault competition and break her own school mark in the event of 10 feet, set last year.

“I’m real happy for Heather,” Lady Wildcats coach Mike Hankins said. “She had three really good attempts at 10-6.

“I think that keeps her in third place in (Class 5A) right now. She had a really good night.”

The Lady Cats finished second in an 11-team field with 74 1/2 points, trailing the only other 5A school in the meet, Rio Rancho Cleveland, which amassed 133 1/2 points.

Meantime, the boys notched a team victory with 94 points to 78 for runnerup Belen.

“We ran well,” CHS boys coach Darren Kelley said. “The kids are doing a good job of competing and scoring points.”

Highlights for the Wildcats included a 100-200 double by senior Kamal Cass, a personal-best 176 feet, 11 inches for a win in javelin by junior Alfonso Rivas and a win by the 1,600 medley relay team of Steven Beckham, Shaprei Bryant, Tucker Dobbs and Max Santarosa in 3:43.32, good enough to qualify for state.

“In all the years I’ve been coaching, this is the first time we’ve had all our relays qualified for state before the Wildcat Relays (scheduled for Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium),” Kelley said.

The Lady Cats also picked up a qualifying relay, winning the 400 in 49.79 seconds. Other winners for the girls were senior Sasha Smith-Pollard in the 100 (12.41) and freshman Jaci Sievers in the 800 (2:18.87).

Smith also finished second in the 400 in a personal-best 59.20, while senior Aridnee Thomas tied a personal-best at 33-6 in shot put.

“There are some things we can do better,” Hankins said. “Getting the relay in is nice, and we’re close to also getting the 4-by-2 (800 relay).”

The Wildcat Relays, normally on the third Friday in April, were moved up a day because of Good Friday next week. Field events are slated to begin at 3 p.m. with running events starting at 4:45 p.m.