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Santa Fe High sophomore Riannah Varela does a personal-best 37-1

Santa Fe High sophomore Riannah Varela does a personal-best 37-1 in finishing second Monday in the annual Marilyn Sepulvea Memorial track and field Invitational at the UNM facility. Sophomore Hayden Colfax of Santa Fe Prep competes in four different events, takes third in 100 hurdles, while St. Michael’s senior Lauren Chafin runs third in the 400

By Arnie Leshin 
Arnie Leshin

There weren’t many Santa Fe athletes at Monday’s annual Marilyn Sepulvea run the University of New Mexico, but Santa Fe Prep sophomore Hayden Colfax was there to do her usual.

Instead of five events, she did four. She didn’t win any, but it brought experience against strong fields.

In the 100 hurdles, she finished third in 16:12, in the 300 hurdles she took sixth in 48:16, in the high jump she went over at 5-feet for fourth place, and in the triple jump she had a fifth place effort of 35-6.

Ahead of her in the triple jump was Santa Fe High sophomore Riannah Varela, and she was the runner-up with a personal best of 37-1 made on her second try. She had one foul, Colfax had none. Then again, Colfax is busy going from one event to another.

She won the 3A high jump at state last year and intends to add some more this time. She should have won all five by her senior season.

Not a single boy from Santa Fe competed, while the girls also had St. Michael’s senior Lauren Chafins run third in the 400 in 1:00.37.

In the team scoring, Piedra Vista led the girls with 40 points and the boys were led by Rio Rancho’s 68 points.

There will be more track and field this weekend at Albuquerque Academy’s annual Michael Harper Memorial Invitational.

On Friday morning, it is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and on Saturday morning at 9. Among the schools in the field are Santa Fe High, Capital and Los Alamos.            

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