Fri Apr 26th, 2019
Special to the Drum
Sophomore Valdez involved in 18 of team’s 23 points
Recording one of the team’s finest moments yet in the 2019 Track & Field season, Ignacio’s 800-meter sprint medley relay of sophomore Vanessa Gonzales, sophomore Charlize Valdez, senior Kiana Valdez and freshman Lexy Young paced the Lady Bobcats to a tenth-place finish at 4A Durango’s Ron Keller Invitational on Saturday, April 20.
The speedy quartet’s time of 2 minutes, 4.07 seconds trailed only 3A Pagosa Springs’ 2:02.88, and earned IHS eight of its 23 team points. The hosting, personnel-blessed Lady Demons earned the meet championship with a dominating 205 points, while closest challengers 3A Montezuma-Cortez (129) and PSHS (94) were nowhere close.
Earning Ignacio five points, Young finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, with her 14.21-second time trailing the winning 12.56 posted by M-CHS’ Avery Wright. She also placed seventh in the 200 (28.86), and was just one-hundredth of a second from earning the Lady ’Cats at least one team point.
Earning ten points in the long-distance runs, Charlize Valdez took third in the 3,200 meters (13:37.01) and seventh in the 1,600 (6:02.19). Gonzales also ranked tenth in the 100 (14.61) while Kiana Valdez followed in 12th (14.83). She also finished ninth in the long jump (13’7.5”).
The Lady ’Cats will next venture to the April 26-27 Aztec, N.M., Invitational. The Friday portion of the meet is set to begin at 2 p.m., with the Saturday session starting at 9 a.m. IHS will then host the San Juan Relays on Tuesday, April 30, with action currently scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.