By Arnie Leshin
With the state and field districts this upcoming weekend and the state championships the following weekend, St. Michael’s is not piling on its bus to meets, instead staying home in quest of qualifying.
Friday was the second meet the Horsemen has hosted, the first a 3-school get together that included district foe West Last Vegas and Albuquerque Bosque Charter School, and this one bringing in a field of six schools to compete at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.
On the girls side, St. Michael’s sophomore had a big day, going 3-for-3 in winning the 100 and 300 hurdles, and the high jump. She went up and over at 4-08, hurdled the 100 in 17:93, and the longer hurdler in 58-07. This might not be qualifying results, but she should do better at the 2-3A districts.
It was also a stepping stone for Academy of Technology and The Classics freshman Charli Koseoglu. A starter on the Phoenix basketball team, talented Koseoglu placed on top in the 100 meters by dashing 13:52, the javelin with a best heave of 85-11, and she placed third in the discus (80-09) and the 300 hurdles (52:36)
Lady Horsemen 8th-grader Raylee Hunt continued to display her versatililty. She dominated the field in winning the 400 in 1:02.06, sped third in the 200 in 28.50, and also third in the long jump by going 14-01. Her sophomore sister, Logan, came in third in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600.
Runner-up in the 400 was ATC sophomore Chanelle Jaeger in 1:05.26. Then there was St. Michael’s senior claiming the long jump at 14-11 and finishing second in the triple jump (32-04.25).
The Lady Horsemen won the 1 by 200 relay in 1:54.42 and the 4 by 400 in 4:27.02. The 4 by 100 went to Raton, Taos the sprint medley, and ATC the 4 x 800.
In the boys events, there were five St. Michael’s winners as senior Locas Montoya went 5-08 to claim the high jump, senior Santiago Martinez had a 117-04 throw to cop the discus, senior Robbi Chianese the 100 meters in 11:53, junior Isaiah Salazar the 110 hurdles in in 18:00, and 8th-grader Jaden Perea the grueling 3,200 in 12:10.24.
Salazar also came in second in the 300 hurdles (45:89).
Capital High senior was first in the 200 as he clocked 23:42, and dashed 11:86 in the 100 to take third.
In the relays, the Horsemen came in first in the 4 x 100 in 45:26, the 4 x 200 in 1:35.05, and the 4 x 400 in 3:48.46. Taos claimed the 4 x 800 in 9:31.88 and the sprint medley in 4:00.49.
The field was composed of host St. Michael’s, Capital, ATC, Taos, Raton and the Bernalillo boys which won six events, while the Phoenix girls won four.