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Three local athletes win titles on first day of state track

Written by the Staff of the News
May 5, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE — Local athletes claimed three state titles Friday as the state track meet got started for Classes 1A through 3A Friday at the University of New Mexico.

The meet runs through today.

n Class 1A boys: After five events, Reserve leads the pack with 23.5 points, while Elida is close behind at 18 points. Defending champ Melrose has nine points for third place.

Elida went 1-3 in pole vault, as Kaull Burton won at 12-6 and Wesley Poling leaped 11 even. Emmit Falcon finished second in the 1,600 at 4:51.3. Teigan Delk finished fifth in high jump, falling to Des Moines’ Aron Sakelaris in a jump-off at 5-8.

The Buffaloes got points from Jake Pierce’s 109-9 in the discus for third, Sterling Sena’s 19-6 3/4 in the long jump for third and Devon Bailey’s 5-6 in the high jump for sixth.

n Class 1A girls: After three events, Melrose leads the field with 13 points, just ahead of Springer with 12.

Nataley Mondragon won long jump at 15-10 3/4, more than six inches past second place Flavia Wilging of Oak Grove. Teammate Landry Widner finished fifth at 13-9 1/2.

District 4-1A dominated the 3,200. Elida’s Alyssa Bargas won at 13:28.01 — smashing the 2015 state meet record set by Cimarron’s Amy Gonzales (13:37.76). Brycie Payne of Floyd finished second at 13:56.45, and Melrose’ Anajlina Sanchez was third at 14:24.24.

n Class 2A: Fort Sumner leads the girls field with 14 points after three events. Dora is fourth with seven points, Nanie Fait was second in discus at 97-6, while Tay Urioste was fifth at 91 even.

The Foxes lead the boys field with 22 points after five events.

n Class 3A: Dexter lead after five events in the boys meet with 24 points, while Estancia had 12 points after three events in the girls meet. Texico had yet to register a point.

Small-school meet concludes

May 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE — For several small
school local track and field athletes, Saturday was an opportunity to realize their dreams and become state champions at the 2018 NMAA State Track and field championships. Indeed, several different athletes from Melrose, Elida and Texico did just that, bringing home 18 team and individual state titles amongst 24 different athletes. The biggest winner in Albuquerque by far was Melrose’s Nataley Mondragon. Mondragon won five state titles and set four new state records on Saturday.

Mondragon became the highest scoring athlete at the small school state meet for the second year in a row, a year after winning four individual events (100, 200, long jump and high jump) and a 4x400 team relay title.

This time around, the super sophomore took the high jump (5-02, tying her own state record from last year), 100 meter dash (13.16, state record), 400 meter dash (1:01.12, state record), 200 meter dash (26.82, breaking own state record) and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team for the Buffaloes, who broke the state record by nearly four-and-a-half seconds.

That was not all for Melrose, however. The Buffaloes easily defended their 1A girls title by scoring 111 points, almost doubling second-place Quemado (56), in the process.

Lakasey Mondragon shattered her own state record from last year in the pole vault, with a leap of 9-0, well-ahead of last year’s 8-06 mark. Landry Widner, meanwhile, set a state record (17.13) in the 100 hurdles and also took the 300 hurdles. The Melrose 4x200 relay team was also victorious Saturday.

As for the Melrose boys (67.5 points), they couldn’t quite defend their 1A title, finishing second to Reserve (78.5), while barely holding off third-place Elida (66). Devon Bailey led the charge for the Buffaloes, taking the 110 and 300 hurdles titles.

While Elida coach Jarred Hestand’s dream of winning a boys title wasn’t quite realized on Saturday, the Tigers still finished third, thanks to three individual titles and one team title.

Kaull Burton defended his javelin title with a throw of 150-10, while Will Haley won the 800 meter run (2:03.40). Emmit Falcon, meanwhile, broke the state record in the 3200 (10:36.04), while the Elida 1600 sprint medley team set a state record with a time of 3:54.49.

On the girls side, Elida placed in eighth with 20 points, including Alyssa Bargas’ 1600 meter title (6:12.72).

As for 3A, Texico’s Paden McDermid won the only state title for the Wolverines on Saturday, winning the javelin throw (163-03). With McDermid’s help, the Texico boys managed a seventh-place finish overall.

The Wolverines scored 34 points, while Dexter took the team title (75). Texico girls, on the other hand, placed ninth with 15 points, while Santa Fe Prep (74) came home with the girls title.