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By Peter Stein
Staff writer 

Clovis track aiming for district titles

 

May 8, 2019



CLOVIS — The Clovis boys track and field team has been a district champion before and there’s no reason the Wildcats can’t be a district champion again.

Winners of the District 2-6A title in each of the last two seasons, the ’Cats will be looking for a District 4-5A crown on Thursday when they visit the Wool Bowl in Roswell for the district championships.

The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, but bad weather forecasts caused it to be pushed back a day. As of Tuesday afternoon, Friday’s Roswell forecast was rainy and cool with a high of 59. Thursday was projected as partly sunny with a high of 73.

So weather shouldn’t be an adverse factor. The Wildcats will just have to worry about their competition. Clovis’ boys seem deep enough for a third consecutive district title, having won their last five regular-season meets, closing out with championships at last week’s Pat Henry Qualifier in Hobbs and Friday’s Ross Black Relays in Lovington. The Lady Wildcats have also won their last five, including the regular-season-ending Pat Henry and Ross Black meets, so they too appear capable of bringing home a district title.

“We actually will show up fairly well,” Clovis girls coach Darrel Ray said during Monday’s practice at Leon Williams Stadium. “I’ve got some good quality, but when you only have four teams, they’ll be able to stay close. Because when you get in first, somebody has to get in second. They’re only getting two less points, so it’ll be a tighter meet.”

Now that the weather won’t be a hindrance, perhaps the only thing that can slow down the Clovis boys are injuries. One in particular occurred at last Friday’s Ross Black meet, when senior Richard Masterson fell during the 300-meter hurdles and hurt his leg.

“So he’s trying to work through his injury right now. I don’t know if he’ll be available for district,” Clovis boys coach Mark Sena said at Monday’s practice, noting that Masterson’s situation may be one negatively affected by the meet being rescheduled. “That one less day may keep him from being able to compete.

“Got a little injury, got a little sickness going on this week,” Sena continued, “so hopefully we can recover from that and still perform well on Thursday.”

Ray’s team hasn’t been immune to injuries, either.

“We’ve been kind of running for about the last five weeks a little nicked up with our top three kids,” Ray said. “But I think we’ll be fine. I think we’ll have a good meet, and hopefully we’ll get a few more kids qualified (for the May 18 state meet).”

Another challenging aspect of Thursday’s meet will be triangular scoring, which only allows a team to get points from three athletes maximum.

“We can enter five,” Ray said. “But even if my kids go 1-2-3-4-5, we can only get a score from the top three kids the way the rules say.”

Still, it would take a lot for triangular scoring to keep the Clovis boys and girls from sweeping to district championships on Thursday. In the Apr. 18 Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, Clovis’ boys captured first place and beat out second-place Carlsbad by 79.5 points. The Lady Wildcats also took first that night and wound up 58 points ahead of third-place Carlsbad.

Early last week at the Pat Henry Qualifier in Hobbs, the first-place Clovis boys topped third-place Carlsbad by 76.5 points, fourth-place Hobbs by 90 and 10th-place Roswell by 135. The first-place Lady Wildcats beat second-place Hobbs by 45 points, third-place Carlsbad by 67 and eighth-place Roswell by 125.5.

And last Friday at Ross Black in Lovington, the first-place Clovis boys beat out second-place Carlsbad by 16.5 points, fourth-place Hobbs by 46 and ninth-place Roswell by 96. The first-place Lady Wildcats beat third-place Hobbs by 36, fourth-place Carlsbad by 70 and sixth-place Roswell by 91.

Ross Black Relays

LOVINGTON — Aside from Masterson’s injury, it was a good night at Friday’s Ross Black Relays, as the Clovis boys and girls teams each captured first.

The Clovis boys registered 107 points, with Carlsbad taking second (90.5) and Artesia third (70). Portales was fifth (44.5), coming in behind the above three, plus fourth-place Hobbs (61).

The Lady Wildcats tallied 122 points, followed by Artesia in second (93.5) and Hobbs in third (86). Portales was eighth (13).

Here are the local point-scorers from Ross Black.

Girls 4x100-meter relay: Clovis, first, 50.28

Boys javelin: Jaylen Mason, Clovis, second, 166-3 (improved qualifying mark)

Matthew King, Portales, sixth, 148-8

Boys 110-meter hurdles: Richard Masterson, Clovis, third (15.41)

Kris Byrd, Clovis, fourth, 15.61

Girls long jump: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 17-6

Tajvionna Johnson, Clovis, second, 16-1

Girls 400-meter dash: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 1:01.72

Girls 4x400-meter relay: Clovis, first, 4:07.52 (improved qualifying time)

Boys 1,600-meter run: T.J. Gregg, Clovis, first, 4:30.60

Girls 4x200-meter relay, Clovis, first, 1:47.35

Boys 4x200-meter relay, Clovis, first, 1:30.16

Girls 100-meter hurdles: Kameron Kelley, Clovis, fourth, 16.47

Rebecca Christensen, Portales, sixth, 18.12

Girls 200-meter dash: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 26.37

Sidney Stratton, Clovis, second, 27.21

Kiyrha Lilly, Clovis, fourth, 27.47

Girls shot put: Kianna Chappell, Clovis, first, 36-10 (improved qualifying mark)

Boys discus: Phillip Blidi, Portales, first, 153-5

Daniel Mendoza, Clovis, third, 140-1

Bryce Cabeldue, Clovis, fourth, 139-1 (new qualifying time)

Boys 4x100-meter relay: Clovis, first, 43.42

Portales, fourth, 44.38

Boys 100-meter dash: Montez Wright, Clovis, first, 10.87

Jalen Allen, Portales, second-place tie with Carlsbad’s Carlos Pedroza, 11.24

Boys shot put: Phili Blidi, Portales, first, 51-8

Stephen Acosta, Clovis, third, 48-6

Zecheriah Gonzales, Clovis, sixth, 44-7.5

Girls 300-meter low hurdles: Antanishwa Molett, Clovis, first, 47.39 (improved qualifying time)

Kameron Kelley, Clovis, fifth, 50.37

Girls triple jump: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 37-1.5

Boys triple jump: Brandon Mason, Clovis, second, 43-7

Kunal Puppala, Clovis, fourth, 39-10.5

Girls 100-meter dash: Antanishwa Molett, Clovis, second, 12.98

Boys 3,200-meter run: Colton Wolf, Clovis, fourth, 11:00.44

Girls 1,600-meter sprint medley: Clovis, fourth, 4:41.36

Girls 3,200-meter run: Shylee Tree, Clovis, fourth, 14:09.83

Boys 1,600-meter sprint medley, Clovis, first, 3:33.59 (improved qualifying time)

Boys long jump: Montez Wright, Clovis, second, 22-0

Darion Morgan-Haskins, Clovis, fourth, 21-0

Malik Phillips, Clovis, fifth, 20-6

Boys 300-meter low hurdles: Kris Byrd, Clovis, fifth, 43.45

Girls pole vault: Gracie Rollins, Clovis, second, 10-0

Kylyie Paden, Portales, third, 9-6

Camryn Baros, Clovis, fourth-place tie with Giselle Nunez, Lovington, 9-0

Girls high jump: Kylyie Paden, Portales, first, 5-0

Gracie Rollins, Clovis, four-way tie for second place with Tanya Euland, Goddard, Ambrosia Teasyatwho, Goddard and Elliott Harrison, Artesia, 4-10

Boys pole vault: Aiden Cabeldue, Portales, first, 14-3

Traise Cain, Portales, fourth, 12-3

Boys 200-meter dash: Malik Phillips, Clovis, sixth, 23.48

Boys 400-meter dash: Ethan Culliver, Clovis, second, 52.06

Boys 4x400-meter relay: Clovis, first, 3:31.77

Portales, fifth, 3:46.14

Girls discus: Zamaurie Spillman, Clovis, second, 113-7 (improved qualifying mark)

Skyler Jordan, Clovis, third, 111-1 (new qualifying mark)

Pat Henry Qualifier

HOBBS — Clovis’ boys and girls teams each won last Tuesday’s Pat Henry Qualifier, notching 140 points apiece.

Portales’ boys finished second to the Wildcats, recording 64.5 points, a point ahead of third-place Carlsbad.

Clovis’ girls outdistanced second-place Hobbs by 45 points. Carlsbad was third with 73. Portales’ girls tied Roswell for eighth with 14.5 points.

Here are the local point-scorers from Pat Henry.

Girls 4x100 relay: Clovis 50.01, first

Boys 100-meter hurdles: Richard Masterson, Clovis, first, 15.71

Girls long jump: Tajvionna Johnson, Clovis, first, 15-1.75

Talya Caldwell, Clovis, fifth, 14-1.25

Girls 4x400-meter relay: Clovis, first, 4:07.97

Girls 400-meter dash: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 1:00.88

Boys 1,600-meter run: Brandon Guerro, Portales, fifth, 5:11.59

Girls 4x200-meter relay: Clovis, first, 1:46.97

Portales, fifth, 1:55.18

Girls 800-meter run: Zoe Roy, Portales, third, 2:46.64

Jazlyn Salazar-Lucero, Clovis, sixth, 2:58.91

Boys 4x200-meter relay: Clovis, first, 1:31.87

Portales, second, 1:32.09

Girls 100-meter hurdles: Kameron Kelley, Clovis, second, 16.62

Kaci Cabeldue, Clovis, fourth, 18.01

Avery Arnett, Clovis, fifth, 18.09

Girls 200-meter dash: Mikyla Harkley, Clovis, first, 26.30

Sidney Stratton, Clovis, second, 27.15

Kiyrha Lilly, Clovis, fifth, fourth, 27.25

Lynnde Hall, Portales, fifth, 28.44

Girls shot put: Kianna Chappell, Clovis, first, 33-7

Madison Tolbert, Clovis, fourth, 31-6.5

Boys discus: Phillip Blidi, Portales, first, 146-1

Bryce Cabeldue, Clovis, second, 131-7

Boys 4x100 relay: Portales, first, 43.88

Boys 100-meter dash: Montez Wright, Clovis, first, 10.99

Jalen Allen, Portales, third, 11.35

Romeo Gbassagee, Portales, fifth, 11.51

Boys Shotput: Phillip Blidi, Portales, first, 49-9

Stephen Acosta, Clovis, second, 46-3

Girls 300-meter hurdles: Antanishwa Molett, Clovis, first, 48.25

Kameron Kelley, Clovis, fourth, 49.96

Rebecca Christensen, Portales, fifth, 55.47

Girls triple jump: Zoe Linn, Clovis, sixth, 30-2

Girls discus: Zamaurie Spillman, Clovis, first, 106-5

Madison Tolbert, Clovis, sixth, 95-6

Girls 1,600-meter run: Analysse Hamlett, Clovis, second, 5:48.66

Girls 100-meter dash: Antanishwa Molett, Clovis, first, 12.86

Kiara Cox, Clovis, fifth, 13.48

Boys high jump: Kris Byrd, Clovis, third, 6-0

Traise Cain, Portales, fifth, 5-8

Julian Urioste, Portales, sixth, 5-8

Girls 1,600-meter sprint medley: Clovis, fourth, 4:38.42

Boys 3,200-meter run: Colton Wolf, Clovis, second, 10:53.00

Brandon Guerro, Portales, 11:19.98, fourth

Kyle Richardson, Clovis, 11:36.87, fifth

Girls 3,200-meter run: Analysse Hamlett, Clovis, first, 12:34.91

Shylee Tree, Clovis, sixth, 14:07.66

Boys 1,600-meter sprint medley: Clovis, second, 3:52.31

Portales, third, 4:03.66

Boys long jump: Montez Wright, Clovis, 20-10.75, first

Darion Morgan-Haskins, Clovis, 20-0, second

Malik Phillips, Clovis, 19-6.5, fourth

Boys 300-meter hurdles: Richard Masterson, Clovis, second, 41.44

Girls high jump: Kiara Cox, Clovis, second, 4-8

Girls pole vault: Gracie Rollins, Clovis, second, 9-6

Kylyie Paden, Portales, third, 9-0 (tie)

Camryn Baros, Clovis, 9-0, third (tie)

Boys pole vault: Pacer Hill, Clovis, first, 14-0

Aiden Cabeldue, Portales, second, 14-0

Traise Cain, Portales, fourth, 11-6

Boys 400-meter dash: Montez Wright, Clovis, first, 50.61

Ethan Culliver, Clovis, second, 51.40

Boys 200-meter dash: Montez Wright, Clovis, first, 21.97 (improved qualifying time)

Boys 4x400-meter relay: Clovis, first, 3:30.22

Portales, third, 3:48.04

Boys 800-meter run: Jerrick Maldonado, Clovis, 1:58.83, first

Jon Fuentes, Clovis, 1:58.84, second

TJ Gregg, Clovis, 1:59.83, third

Boys triple jump: Darion Morgan-Haskins, Clovis, 42-7, first

Brandon Mason, Clovis, 40-10, fifth

Kunal Puppala, Clovis, 39-10, sixth

 
 

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