Wolverines take crown at Buffalo Relays

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Melrose’s Zanessa Dodd clears the bar in girls pole vault during Thursday’s Buffalo Relays track meet at Melrose. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff MELROSE — Senior Justin Garrison took the 100-meter dash in a state-qualifying time of 11.6 seconds and helped three relays to victory on Thursday as Texico captured the boys team […]

Wildcat Relays moved

CNJ Staff Wildcat Relays moved Due to weather concerns, the Wildcat Relays have been rescheduled for Saturday. Clovis High track coach Darren Kelly said field events will begin at noon, and running events will start at 2 p.m.

CHS TRACK: Lady Cats look to defend 5A title

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Colt Merrin, left, and Derrick Phillips practice baton handoffs for the 400 relay during Wednesday’s boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Darrel Ray knows his Clovis High girls track team has some points to replace after winning a Class 5A state team title […]

Lady Cats optimistic about repeat in ’07

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Despite some key graduation losses, Clovis High girls track coach Darrel Ray believes the Lady Wildcats are reasonably well-positioned to repeat the Class 5A state championship they won last weekend in Albuquerque. State champions Aimee Hilburn (javelin) and Kim Perkins (300 hurdles) graduate, but the Lady Cats return state […]

Lady Cats take 5A state track title

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Clovis senior Vanessa O’Neal, left, finished fifth in the 400 meters at Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet, helping the Lady Wildcats win their first state title since 1999. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — When they were called to accept first-place trophy, the Wildcats walked to the […]

Lady Cats streaking into district

CNJ staff It’s not exactly Joe DaMaggio, but it’s impressive non-the-less. The Clovis Lady Wildcats have won four meets in a row, and could make it five today in the District 4-5A meet in Hobbs. The streak started on a cold day in early April, when the Lady Cats took home gold at the Plainview, […]

PREP TRACK: Cats sport youthful look

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Clovis High seniors (front to back) Augi Briseno, Brandon Cook and Tanner Fickling work on their starts during Wednesday’s Clovis High boys track practice at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Darren Kelley knows how hard it is trying to win a Class 5A state track […]

Fort Sumner likely must hold off former 2A schools to win state

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Fort Sumner senior Kayla Britain hands the baton to senior Sandy Fortner in the 1,600 medley relay during the Texico Relays April 26 in Texico. Fortner has already won 14 individual state championships. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer On paper, it shapes up as a two-team race between defending champions […]

High jumpers leading way for Lady Wildcats

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In Darrel Ray’s 26 years of coaching track, he’s never seen a group of jumpers with the potential to reach so high. Junior Brittany Blackmon and freshmen Ebony Bunton and Jasmine McDonald have already qualified for the state meet in May in the high jump, while sophomore Mahalia Molett […]

Clovis swimmers optimistic for state

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CHS coach Vince DeMaio thinks Alyssa Pyeatt can finish in the top eight in the 100-meter breaststroke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Timing is everything for the Clovis girls swim team. The Lady Wildcats worked on relay exchanges in their final practice Thursday before the state swimming and diving championships […]

Lady Cats counting on relay wins

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(Counter clockwise) Clovis freshman Lorena Garza, sophomore Renata Porterfield, senior Vanessa Vaca, freshman Kacee Escobar, sophomore Aimee Hilburn and senior Tyisha Brown have all qualified for state this weekend. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner It’s bear-hunting time for the Clovis High Lady Wildcats. Specifically, “Lady Bears,” as in La Cueva. CHS girls track […]

CHS boys fourth in Wildcat Relays

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams (far right) lossens up just before the start of the 100 meters. Williams got out of the blocks fast but was nosed out for third. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White On a day when Carlsbad pole vaulter Zach Graham catapulted himself to gravity-defying heights and Kenyan-born La Cueva […]

Competitive field set for Wildcat Relays

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk reaches back for the baton from sophomore John Tranchida as the two practice their sprint relay handoffs Thursday at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Darrel Ray thinks his Clovis High girls track team is one athlete short of contending for the team championship in today’s Wildcat […]

Williams, Purdy earn second-place finishes

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Phillip Williams and Charles Purdy earned second-place finishes for the Clovis High boys in the Amarillo Relays track meet Friday and Saturday at Dick Bivins Stadium. Williams went 22 feet in long jump while Purdy threw 53-4. Other placers for the Wildcats were Matt Appelman, 10:09 for third in the 3,200, […]

Cats hoping to distance themselves from pack

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk works on his high-jump technique Wednesday at the high school. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Distance runners have long been an afterthought when it comes to Clovis boys track. Clovis has finished in the top five at state in each of the last four years — including a […]

Texico hopes to repeat track success

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — The Texico Lady Wolverines have brought home the third-place trophy from the Class 2A girls state track meet each of the past two years. With four-year standout Elizabeth Richards having moved on, Texico has its work cut out trying to repeat that success. But first-year coach Randy Zarate doesn’t think […]