By Dave Wagner
ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico.
PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi Gray went 31-5 3/4 on Saturday in triple jump.
District 4-3A rival Lovington ran away to its third consecutive state boys team title with 106 points to 64 1/2 for Cobre and 43 for Bloomfield. Wildcats senior George Morris earned high-point honors for the meet, scoring 23 1/2 points.
St. Michael’s took the girls team title with 72 points. Grants was second at 63 and Bloomfield third with 57.
Earning sixth-place medals for the PHS boys were senior Tyler Johnson, who threw 42 feet, 6 inches in shot put on Saturday morning; the 1,600 medley relay team of Deonte Wyche, Eric Segovia, Amador Lujan and Joey Moore with a time of 3:53.31, and Lujan with a time of 24.10 in the 200.
Portales also qualified its 400 relay team to Saturday’s finals, but placed eighth in 45.83 seconds.
On Friday, Johnson was eighth in discus at 127-11 while Lujan finished 10th in 100 preliminaries with a time of 11.67.
“We came in anticipating to do better,” Rams coach Glenn Johnson said. “That said, as far as the points we got, I was pleased with the way we competed this weekend.”
Gray, meantime, came in seeded last in a nine-person girls triple jump field. Her personal best was 32-0 1/2 at last weekend’s district meet.
“She jumped well through the whole event,” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “She got better with each jump.”
The Lady Rams qualified their three relay entries for Saturday’s finals, but the 800 relay finished seventh in 1:52.58, the 1,600 medley relay was eighth in 4:45.50 and the 1,600 relay came in seventh in 4:27.42.
In girls finals on Friday, freshman Jordan Roehl placed eighth in shot put, while junior Michaela Alexander was eighth in the 3,200.