Tigers qualify three for state

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Josh Burbank (10.77) continued to build his state resume for Valencia, knocking his 100 meter time under 11 seconds at Thursday's Valencia County Relays.

Josh Burbank (10.77) continued to build his state resume for Valencia, knocking his 100 meter time under 11 seconds at Thursday's Valencia County Relays.

Los Lunas had the most impressive performance of the county boys' teams, finishing second behind Moriarty.

The Pintos put up 114 points, while Los Lunas had 97.5.

Valencia was well back in third at 65 points, followed by Belen with 53, Ruidoso at 42 and Zuni with 35 points.

Los Lunas had three state qualifiers and Belen got Jared Garcia in at the 3200 meters.

"Week-by-week the kids are getting stronger and quicker," Belen coach Joe Garcia said. "That is what you want to see is the kids improving. We are doing that."

Los Lunas coach James Harmon was happy to see Jacob Holland qualify at the high jump and triple jump. Holland won the triple and was second in the high jump.

Brandon brown also qualified in the triple jump, finishing third.

Harmon noted that several other Tigers were close to booking their trip to state.

"Chris Romero was just two feet short of a state qualifying discus throw when he threw 130 feet," said Harmon, noting that the Tiger hurler won the event.. "Each relay improved from the week before."

Harmon noted that the team was 1.11 seconds short of qualifying the 4-by-200 meter relay, and 1.11 seconds short of qualifying in the 4-by-400 relay.

"Our 4-by-100 relay was disqualified because of an exchange zone infraction," said Harmon, "but we were less than a second from qualifying that race. So I'm looking for them to qualify sooner rather than later."

Jaden Torres won the 400 meter run, with Valencia's Cody Robinson finishing a close second.

Valencia won the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 meter relays.

Belen dominated the distance runs, with Garcia, Manuel Guerro and John Berry running well, along with Tyler valdez, who won the 800-meter run.

"It was exciting to get some kids qualified," said Belen coach Garcia. "We are happy to see what we got because we are such a young team.

"They are all surprising us by showing what they can do. I just want to praise all of the kids. They are all doing well."

For Harmon, he hopes to see his Tiger team improve over the next couple of weeks in preparation for districts.

"It was a decently strong showing," said Harmon of the VC Relays, "but we're still looking for more out of ourselves."

Harmon thinks that team can make strides in the field events.

" I was looking for a little more in all of these events and we need more from them if we want to start really putting together a full track meet performance," said Harmon.

"We haven't yet finished first in a meet this year but have taken second twice."


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