Girls’ T&F fifth at MCHS

Ignacio Bobcats, Rachel Cooper keeps a steady pace on her second lap of the girls 1,600 meter race.
Natoni Cundiff throws the shot put at the Farmington Invitational Track Meet on March 19. Cundiff took 7th in this event with a throw of 31’ 1”.
Joel Priest |Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum



Improving from a collective one-point, 17th-place (tied, with 2A Mancos) showing at the March 12 Piedra Vista Invitational down in Farmington, N.M., the Ignacio Lady Bobcats amassed 30 points and finished fifth at the Montezuma-Cortez Invite on the 25th in their final competition before Spring Break.

Thrower Alana Watts, whose sixth-place 86-foot, 3.5-inch launch of the discus earned IHS its season-opening scratch inside Hutchison Stadium, was not entered in the discipline – nor the shot put, in which she’d taken 20th (25’4.5”) at the PV-hosted gathering and 17th (25’4”) at the next weekend’s Farmington Invite at the same site – inside Panther Stadium, but Ignacio made up for the absence as senior Lillianna Romero earned two points with a fifth-place 76’3”.

Junior Kelly Campbell was reported as taking first and earning ten team points in the high jump, faster over the bar than 3A Pagosa Springs’ Andie Miller and 2A Dolores’ Shavargus Noyes with it set 4’8” above ground. Fellow junior Azala Perez almost added another ten, but settled for eight by taking second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.07 seconds and trailing only 3A Bayfield’s Tymbree Florian (13.70).

The 4×100 relay – comprised of juniors Rachel Cooper, Jaylynn Herrera, Perez and Lea Monroe – took sixth in 1:00.95, and the 4×2 (Cooper, Herrera, Perez, Romero) finished fourth in 2:08.38. Herrera also took tenth in the long jump (12’4”).

At FHS’ Scorpion Invite, the 4×1 had been a slightly faster (1:00.17) eighth-place, and Campbell tied for 13th in the high jump at 4’4”. Senior Chrystianne Valdez finished third in the pole vault with a best of 7’6” achieved in more tries than second-place Taylyn Miller of 5A Farmington Piedra Vista, and trailing only the winning 8’6” of 4A Durango’s Jessica Lee. Monroe cleared 6’0” to finish 12th.

Up next for IHS as the 2016 campaign resumes is its own Abel Velasquez Invitational on Saturday, April 9.



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