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Clovis sweeps district title meet


May 12, 2019

ROSWELL — Thursday brought yet another sweep for the Clovis boys and girls track teams. And this one happened at one of the most opportune times of the season — in the District 4-5A championships at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.

Clovis’ girls walloped the competition, earning 124 points to finished 48 ahead of second-place Carlsbad. The Clovis boys notched 118.5 points, 13.5 more than the second-place Cavemen.

After having won consecutive District 2-6A titles in each of the past two years, Clovis’ boys made it three district championships in a row by reigning over District 4-5A. And the Lady Wildcats continued trending upward by winning a title of their own.

Hark(ley), who goes there

Sophomore Mikyla Harkley was the best individual athlete for Clovis, winning four events.

Harkley won the girls long jump (16-10.25), the triple jump (36-9.5), and the 400- (1:00.99) and 200-meter (26.84) dashes.

The other Lady Wildcat to take first in multiple events was senior Antanishwa Molett, who won a pair — the 300-meter hurdles (48.56) and the 100-meter dash (12.78).

Clovis was especially dominant in the girls 200-meter dash, with Harkley, Sidney Stratton (27.39), Tajvionna Johnson (27.98) and Yasmin Benjamin (28.02) taking the top four spots, respectively.

The Lady ’Cats also dominated the girls long jump, with Harkley, Molett (16-8) and Johnson (16-1.5) taking the top three respective spots. The same was true for the 300-meter hurdles, as Molett, Kameron Kelley (49.31) and Kaci Cabeldue (53.95) finished 1-2-3, respectively. And ditto for the discus, where Zamaurie Spillman (119-1) took first place, followed respectively by Madison Tolbert (103-7) and Skyler Jordan (102-5) in the next two places.

Other Lady Wildcat second-place finishes were tallied by: the 4x200-meter relay team (1:47.52); Analysse Hamlett in the 1,600- (5:46.30) and 3,200-meter (12:15.99) runs; Gracie Rollins in the pole vault (10 feet); and Kelley and Kiara Cox in the high jump (4-10 inches each).

Other third-place finishes for Clovis’ girls were posted by: Karis Barberree in the 400-meter dash (1:03.00); the 1,600-meter sprint medley team (4:40.59); and Shylee Tree in the 3,200-meter run (13:01.53).

Double trouble

Clovis seniors Jon Fuentes and Montez Wright each won two events. Fuentes captured first in the 1,600- (4:36.85) and 3,200-meter (9:58.92) runs. Wright was first in the 100-meter dash (11.05) and the triple jump (45-0.5).

And the other winners are ...

Clovis earned eight other first-place finishes: the boys 800-meter relay team (1:30.20); Bryce Cabeldue in the boys discus (133-1); the boys 400-meter relay team (43.78); Pacer Hill in the boys pole vault (14-2); the boys 1,600-meter relay team (3:28.96); Jerrick Maldonado in the boys 800-meter run (1:59.36); the girls1,600-meter relay team (4:10.91); and Kameron Kelley in the 100-meter hurdles (17.24).

Second place finishes for the Clovis boys were recorded by: Stephen Acosta in the shot put (47-6.5); Cabeldue in the javelin (155-5); Kris Byrd in the high jump (6 feet) and 300-meter hurdles (43.62); Maldonado in the 3,200-meter run (9:59.05); Malik Phillips in the long jump (20-8) and 200-meter dash (23.85); and Ethan Culliver in the 400-meter dash (51.74).

And other third-place Wildcat finishers were: Kunnal Puppala in the 110-meter hurdles (17.35); the 1,600-meter sprint medley team (3:50.50); Darion Morgan-Haskins in the long jump (20-3.5); Kade Jones in the 200-meter dash (24-14); and T.J. Gregg in the 800-meter run (2:01.00).

Last but not least

Clovis’ final competition of the season will the state 5A meet next Saturday at the University of New Mexico’s track and field complex in Albuquerque.

The Clovis boys will be trying to improve on last year’s third-place finish, while the Lady Wildcats look to compete for a trophy.


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