Santa Fe Prep freshman Elizabeth Whiting will run the 800, Santa Fe High freshman Rianah Varela in the triple jump, SF Indian School sophomore Iris Emery in the 800
By Arnie Leshin | April 17, 2017
Lauren Chafins is defending 4A state 400 meters champion, and she’s also among the best in the 200, but at Monday’s annual Marilyn Sepulveda Memorial track and field meet, the St. Michael’s junior will be going against a strong, qualifying field in both races.
One is another girl out of 4A, Ruidoso senior Shalom Keller. Then there’s senior Lauren Green, a senior from 6A Albuquerque Volcano Vista, plus senior Aphiniti Caupper of 6A Rio Rancho Cleveland.
That’s in the 200 field. In the 400, Makakah Martinez, a senior from 4A Albuquerque Del Norte, slides in ahead of Caupper. Then add Keller and Green.
Qualifiers are selected by the best times leading up to the event, so Chafins comes in with a best of 26:41 in the 200, and 58:17 in the 400. Her time in the shorter race is the slowest, her time in the 400 is fourth-best.
Meanwhile, Green has sped 25:02 in the 200, Keller has run 25:32, and Caupper 25:78. Martinez has the fastest in the 400 with her 56:41, Green has raced 56:76 and Keller 57:28.
In the 800, Santa Fe Prep freshman Elizabeth Whiting has run 2:27.05, the fifth-best in the event. Nicole Lawrence of Albuquerque Cibola has the fastest via her 2:21.50. Then there’s Santa Fe Indian School freshman Iris Emery with the eighth-best clocking of 2:28.36. Except for maybe Lawrence, it’s a wide-open race with others having times of 2:25.89. 2:25.91 and 2:26.04.
In the 3,200, St. Michael’s sophomore Violet Eklund comes in with a 12:55.24, the slowest in the distance. The fastest is Onate senior Amerhyst Aguirre in the time of 11:48.66.
In the triple jump, Santa Fe High freshman Rianah Varela has gone 34-11, the sixth best, while Cleveland junior Elizabeth Davis has the best of 35-7. The last two in the field of nine have done 34-9.
In the discus, St. Michael’s senior Amanda Marborough has the sixth-best toss of 1:09.04, and the top throw has been 127-11 by Clovis senior Monay Phillips.
In the javelin, Lady Horsemen senior Jocelyn Fernandez, named recently as the most outstanding girl’s athlete in the state, threw 122 feet at Saturday’s Capital City Invitational in Santa Fe, but qualified for the Sepulveda with 119-2, the fifth-best throw. Roswell Goddard sophomore Bailey Beene has the longest of 125-4.