Representing the best
It was a good weekend for Valencia County track and field athletes both as teams and individually, at the Moriarty Invitational on Saturday and the Marilyn Sepulveda Classic invitational track and field meet at the University of New Mexico Track Complex on Monday.
Valencia junior Joshua Burbank was the top placer among the 14 track and field athletes from Valencia County invited to the Marilyn Sepulveda Classic, a gathering of the top track athletes from around the state.
Burbank took first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash with a time of 10.59 seconds and 23.32 seconds, respectively, beating out several top contenders in the Class 5A, as well as the Jaguars’ 4A competition.
After Burbank, the next best finishers among boys from the county were Belen distance runners Jared Garcia and Aaron Valenzuela.
Garcia took third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:29.33, with Valenzuela coming in right behind him with a 4:30.79, good four fourth. The duo also took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run.
On the girls side, Los Lunas sophomore Cera Chavez finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.3,1 and second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.52.
Valencia’s Carsima Lovato finished second in the 800-meter run with a personal-best time of 2:18.58.
The Eagle boys got solid performances all around to take second place with 78 points behind Class 5A Clovis’ 94 points on Friday in Moriarty. The Valencia girls scored 47 points to finished fourth behind Cleveland, Clovis and Artesia.
On the boys side, Valencia’s speed men led them to a third-place finish with 55.5 points while Los Lunas took fifth with 45. Among the girls, Belen finished sixth with 32 points and Los Lunas placed seventh with 31 points.
Belen’s Jared Garcia took first in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, while Rock Barba took second, behind Los Lunas’ Daniel Hammon in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, as well as second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
Valencia swept three of the four boys relays, the exception being the 1,600-meter sprint medley, won by Belen.
Manuel Guererro and Brian Baldonado also finished two-three in the 800-meter run for Belen. Randy Moore also took gold in the 400-meter dash and third in the high jump for Los Lunas, while teammate O’Maury Samuel finished second and third in the 200-meter dash and 100-meter dash.
On the girls side, Belen’s Arena Lewis won the 3,200-meter race going away, with a time of 11:42.72. Fellow Eagle Simone Sanchez took second in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the high jump, just behind Belen’s Danee Bustos in third. The Eagle sprint relay team took first place as well.
Valencia’s Kristen Traynham took home the blue ribbon in the high jump, while teammate Mariah Ibuado took third in the javelin throw and Kristina Contratto took third in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The Jaguars’ 4×400-meter relay team took second.
Los Lunas’ 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relay teams took third and second, respectively. Individually, Mariah Doyle was the top finisher, taking second in the shot put with a throw of 36-10.