By Arnie Leshin
St. Michael’s and Santa Fe Prep turned in their final qualifiers for the upcoming state 1-3A track and field championship as they competed in Saturday’s 2-3A
districts held in West Las Vegas.
The New Mexico Activities Association will release the state qualifiers early this week, with the championships again running at the University of New Mexico’s Complex on Saturday.
Horsemen who will have already qualified are junior Isaiah Salazar in the 110 hurdles, senior sprinter Robbi Chianese in the 100 meters, junior Daymon Lujan in the 300 hurdles, sophomore Andy Dang in the shot put, and junior Lucas Coriz in the discus.
Coriz’ best throw in the disc was 101-08, for Dang, he had a best of 38-4 in the shot put, Chianese dashed the 100 in 11.88, Lujan soared over the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.89, and Salazar timed 17.76 in the 110 hurdles.
Salazar has also previously qualified in the 300, as have a number of St. Michael’s athletes. Same with junior Daniel Kupcho in the sprints and 8th-grader Jaden Perea in the 3,200.
As for Prep, junior Finn Coles had already qualified in the high jump with a best of 6-04, but he went up and over at 6-1 to win at districts. He came in third in the long jump won by fellow junior Harry Broming who did 19-10.
The triple jump was won by Griffins’ senior Elias Amarel at 41-8, and Prep’s Joshua Abeyta ran first in the 800 in 2:04.29, while GB Davis sped to first in the 200 in 24.05, finishing ahead of second place Chianese, who ran 24.28.
In the relays, the Horsemen took first in the 4 x 100 in 45.89, and that was it as Prep won the 4 x 200, the 4 x 400, the 4 x 800 went to Robertson, and the sprint medley to host West Las Vegas.
In the 4 x 200, the Griffins ran with Elias Aarel, John Allison, Gurler-Hatch, and Nathan Asher. In the 4 x 400, it was the foursome of Joshua Abeyta, Broming, Gabe Cordova, and Asher. Passing the baton for St. Michael’s in the 4 x 100 were Daniel Kupcho, Lucas Montoya, Chiianese, and Lujan.
The Horsemen ran 45.83, the Prep went 1:36.06 in the 4 x 200 and in the 4 x 400, was timed in 3:43.8, the Dons raced 3:58.22 in the sprint medley, and Robertson clocked 1:14.55 in the 4 x 800.
Raton’s Chase Kemp won both the 1,600 (5:18.08) and 3,200 (11:08.92), WLV’s Eric Gallegos finished first in the 400 and was timed in 52.49, and Robertson’s Andres Grano was the javelin winner (146-6).
St. Michael’s, as its girls did, was the top scorer with 161 points, second with 105 was Prep, next came Robertson with 75, West Las Vegas had 53, and Raton 25. Both the Horsemen and Griffins had five individual winners, but St. Michael’s had more depth and also scored well in most of the events.