Hound track off to solid start

Bustos, Mathis in top 20 after winning events at Greyhound Open


March 27, 2019

Kevin Wilson

Eastern New Mexico's Caroline Bachman, left, and Mason Swanson turn the first corner in the women's 800 during Saturday's Greyhound Open at Greyhound Stadium. The pair had a 1-2 finish, with Mason winning at 2:23.91 and Bachman finishing in 2:39.19.

PORTALES — The second annual Greyhound Open at Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t the most competitive of track meets, with the host school winning 17 events and no team scores taken in the three-team meet.

But that doesn’t mean the season didn’t start off well for the Greyhounds,

Senior Danee Bustos, who made the Division II indoor championship meet a less than three weeks ago in the 200, is off to a good start to make the outdoor national meet after posting a 24.51. The time is the seventh-fastest so far in the young Division II season, and was part of a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for the Greyhounds in the event.

Other schools participating were University of the Southwest and Dine College, and a few unattached athletes won events as well.

Bustos was part of two relay wins as well. Along with Maijah Mathis, Lateria Slaughter and Kandice Miles, the quartet took the 400 relay. She was also on the 1,600 relay team with Kiana Covington, Mason Swanson and Miles.

Mathis won the 100 with a time of 12 seconds, and was second to Bustos in the 200 at 24.65. She now sits 18th in the nation in the 100 and 22nd in the 200.

Covington took the 400 at 1:00.83, while Swanson took the 800 in 2:23.91.

Portales native Jessica Campbell won the javelin (31.68 meters) and the 100 hurdles (17.27). Other ENMU women’s wins came from Bryanna Williams in the shot (11.17), Brooke Walker in the 400 hurdles (1:09.6) and Mercy Rotich in the 1,500 (5:00.3).

The Greyhound men won eight events, with Ivar Moinat taking the 400 (49.28) and the 1,500 (4:19.35).

Andrew Villegas (22.41) and Travonne Armstead (22.57) had a 1-2 finish in the 200, and Armstead was on both of ENMU’s winning relay teams. Villegas, Armstead, Brandon Chavez and Damarjae Cortest finished the 400 relay in 42.63, and the winning 1,600 team (3:31.5) consisted of Armstead, Villegas, Chavez and Moinat.

Other wins for the ENMU men came from Garrett Meyer in the 5,000 (17:52.7), Colby Bagwell in the 110 hurdles (16.15), and Clarence Cowart in the javelin (43.61).

The meet is the first of two scheduled for this season at Greyhound Stadium. The school will also host the Lone Star Conference championships May 2-4

The Greyhounds head to Austin to the part in the three-day Texas Relays, starting Thursday.

Kevin Wilson

Teagan Mosley finished third in the 100 hurdles at 17.58.


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