Sports Briefs, May 1

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Area track athletes peak going into district meet
Several area athletes placed among the top performers at the Richard Harper Memorial track meet at Albuquerque Academy this past weekend ahead of Friday’s District 6-4A championship track meet in Gallup.
Valencia sprinter Josh Burbank, who has been on a roll as of late, beat out several top Class 5A sprinters Saturday to claim first place in both the boys 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Burbank’s Jaguar teammate Devon Sparkman also made the 100-meter final, placing fifth while the Jags’ Uriel Urquigi placed fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Los Lunas’ Phillip Hammon placed second in the 300-meter hurdles while Randy Moore placed fifth in both the 400-meter dash and the high jump. Belen’s Jared Garcia placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
The Valencia boys were the top team at the Harper Memorial, placing seventh with 27 points. Los Lunas and Belen placed 13th and 19th, respectively, with 7.75 points and 3 points respectively.
On the girls side, Los Lunas placed 10th with 14 points behind solid performances by Alexis Lafave, who finished fifth in the 100-meter dash, Bethany Hammon, who placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, as well as Cera Chavez and Mariah Doyle, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump and discus throw.
Valencia placed 13th with 10 points, paced by Carisma Lovato, a third-place finisher in the 800-meter run; Kristina Contratto, a fifth place finisher in the 100-meter hurdles, and Mariah Ibuado and Peyton Linthicum, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin throw.
Belen took 14th with Arena Lewis taking third in the 3,200-meter run and Simone Sanchez’ fourth-place finish in the high jump.

LL golf second, BHS third at Abbie Paiz Invite
Los Lunas golfers Colby Kerr and Dylan Gonzales each shot an 83 and needed a 2-hole play off to determine the boys individual championship at the Abbie Paiz Invitational at Tierra del Sol Golf Course Thursday and the Tigers placed second with a total score of 362 behind first-place Los Alamos’ 355. Host Belen came in a close third with 368.
Kerr would beat Gonzales to claim first-place among the boys. Belen’s Martin Campbell took home the bronze with an 84.
On the girls side, Valencia’s Emily Garcia was the top local golfer taking third with a 106 on the day. Belen’s Genessa Ortiz took sixth with a 116. Los Lunas’ top finisher was Mary Zamora, who shot a 120.
All three boys and girls teams will play at the District 6-4A Championship Golf Tournament Monday at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course in Grants.

BHS tennis hosts Dist. 1-4 individual tourney Friday

The Belen boys and girls will host the District 1-4A individual tennis tournament Friday at the BHS Tennis Complex in Belen. The Eagle boys enter the tournament with a collective record of 4-1 with two first place finishes this season and five second place finishes. The Belen girls are 4-3 on the season with three first-place finishes and a pair of second-place finishes.

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