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St. Michael’s Girls win team honors at Capital City Invitational

St. Michael’s girls run off with team honors, winning four events, in Saturday’s annual Capital City Invitational at Santa Fe High School

Lady Horsemen’s Lauren Chafins wins 400, teammate Jocelyn Fernandez the javelin, Santa Fe Prep’s Hayden Colfax the 100 hurdles, and SFHS’s Riannah Varela the long jump and triple junp

Arnie Leshin

By Arnie Leshin | April 16, 2017

St. Michael’s girls continue to serve notice that they are a threat for 4A team honors when the state track and field championships are held next month.

At Saturday’s annual Capital City Invitational, The Lady Horsemen won four events and scored in 12 of the 19 to come away with 103 points, 13 better than second place Silver.

Junior sprinter Lauren Chafins, the defending 4A state 400 champion, figured in two of the victories. She topped the field in the 400 in 59:19, sped second in the 200 in 26:10, and anchored the 4 x 400 relay team that won in 4:21.59 with seniors Ellie Breeden, Amaia Bracamontes and sophomore Janai Clayton racing the other legs.

The other St. Michael’s winners were senior Jocelyn Fernandez in the javelin with a personal-best of 122-08, and senior Espenanza Cortez in the 800 with a time of 2:35.33. Second to Fernandez was Santa Fe High senior Ryann Tanuz with a throw of 107-09.

Tanuz was also runner-up in the 100, racing 13:07 behind Silver’s Denali Burke (12:72). Burke also won the 200 in 25:97, with Chafins second in 26:10 and Tanuz next in 26:98. The versatile Tanuz was in four events, also placing second the high jump by going 5-feet.

The Lady Horsemen also ran second to Silver in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, with the Colts winning handily each time. St. Michael’s timed 52:10 in the 4 x 100 and 1:53.76 in the 4 x 200.

In the 1,600 sprint medley relay, it was Santa Fe High taking fourth in 4:48.56 and Capital next in 4:59.71.

But the double-winner was freshman Riannah Varela of the host Demonettes. She topped the field in the long jump with a best of 15-11, and also the triple jump by going 35-0. Third was Breeden (31-0) in the former hop, step and jump.

In the 100 hurdles, Santa Fe Prep freshman Hayden Colfax led the way in 16:65, with freshman teammate Leyla Shaples second in 17:25. In the 300 hurdles, Shaples took fourth in 53:40.

Freshman Riannah Varela of the host Demonettes was another winner, taking the long jump at 15-11, with St. Michael’s senior Danielle Trujillo the runner-up at 15-10, and third was Chafins at 15-07.

In the 100 meters, third, fourth and fifth went to Santa Fe High freshman Shadae Herrera-Robinson (13:47), Prep junior Samantha Wilson (13:50), and Bracamontes (13:53).

In the 200, fourth place went to Herrera-Robinson (27:18) and fifth to St. Michael’s senior Holly Kastiendieck (27:91).

Behind Chafins in the 400 was Clayton (1:02.81) and sophomore Judith Allison of Santa Fe High (1:03.12).

In the 3,200, Demonettes senior Sierra Sweeney ran second in 12:37.76, and in the 1,600, Santa Fe Indian School freshman Iris Emery placed fourth in 5:48.18.

Second in the discus was senior Amanda Marborough of St. Michael’s with a best of 92-02. Third was senior teammate Danielle Vigil (89-01-50), and fourth was Fernandez (89-01).

In the pole vault, it was third place for the Demonettes’ junior Katherine Sanchez (6-6). In the shot put, Indian School sophomore Jordan Moya was the runner-up (31-11).

Rounding out the team scoring, Santa Fe High took third with 77, the Griffins fifth with 31, and Capital ninth with 5 in the 13-school field.

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