Santa Fe Indian School freshman Christopher Humetewa runs off with 3,200 at Saturday’s Capital City Track and Field Invitational, pole vault to Santa Fe High senior Ethan Sena St. Michael’s wins three of the four relays
By Arnie Leshin
Not long after Santa Fe Indian School head coach Joe Calabaza spoke of the potential of freshman distance runner Christopher Humetewa, the youngster didn’t disappoint.
At Saturday’s Capital City track and field Invitational, Humetewa did something that a freshman doesn’t usually do, he won the 3,200 race.
At last week’s Jaguar Invitational, he finished fifth, and that’s where he placed in the 1,600 this week, with senior teammate Thomas Lucero ninth.
Freshmen don’t usually show their heels this quickly, but he did, victorious in 11:00.17.
The other first place continued the success of Santa Fe High senior Ethan Sena in the pole vault, as he again was top of the heap with a clearing of 12-feet.
The other three victories went to three of St. Michael’s relay teams. In the 4 x 100, they ran 45.93 with senior Shawn Roybal, junior LukeKastendicek, junior Sebastian Alcarez, and sophomore Michael Waring.
In the 4 x 200, sophomore Rico Gurule replaced Roybal, and the other legs were Kastendicek, Alcarez and Waring, and they clocked 1:36.81.
And in the sprint medley, it was the foursome of Roybal, junior Hayden Lee, Alcarez and junior Justice Johnson. They ran 1:46.11.
Roybal had a good day. He ran lead leg on the winning sprint medley, took second in the 100 and third in the 200, right behind second place senior River Edwards. In back of Roybal in the 100 was runner-up senior Theodore Goujon of the Demons.
St. Michael’s junior Justin Angel ran second in the 1,600 in 4:52.47, only six seconds from the state qualifying time. Horsemen senior Lincoln Barker, out for track and field for the first time, took third in the high jump at 5-8, and defending state 5A champion Lucas McNatt of Capital also went over at 5-8 and placed fifth.
Indian School senior Marc Riley was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300. He did 18:13 in the 110 and 43 seconds in the 300.
Not many track and field athletes at Desert Academy this season, but senior Jakob Kaare-Rasmussen has been on varsity since his freshmen season when he ran distances, and Saturday he showed his versatility by dashing the 400 and finishing seventh in 53.92.