ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. He barely missed winning in high jump.
That performance gave CCS 12 team points after the first day of competition.
Bell, nursing a strained quad, jumped 40 feet, 10 inches on his third jump in flight competition after going 39-8 and 40-9 on his first two attempts. Despite the physical problem, Swann said Bell was over 39 feet on each of his three jumps in the finals.
Hagerman’s Bill Squire was second at 40-3. Melrose’s Adam Hairgrove was fifth with a jump of 38-6.
Earlier, in high jump competition, Bell cleared 6 feet but lost on misses to Fort Sumner’s Cass Dimitroff, who also went 6-0. Swann said Bell just missed at 6-2.
“The back of his shoe just touched the bar,” Clovis Christian coach Jason Swann said.
Clovis Christian slipped its girls 400 and 1,600 relays and boys 1,600 relay into the finals. The Lady Eagles time of 4:42.99 was a season best.
The Fort Sumner girls are off to a strong start as sophomore BreeAnna Lucero won the high jump at 4-9, beating out four other girls on fewer misses. Floyd’s Bree Lancaster earned sixth place with a jump of 4-7.
The Vixens took the third through sixth positions in discus, led by Laurel Herrera at 100-3.
Sophomore Katie Schade gave the Vixens three more points, placing fourth in the 1,600 at 5:56.27. Fort Sumner was entered in all four relays in boys and girls competition, and all advanced to today’s finals.
Floyd got a second from Kelsi Gray in triple jump at 34-3, while Melrose’s girls came away with seven points in field event finals on Friday as junior Taniel Roberts was third in triple jump (33-9 1/2) and senior Zanessa Dodd placed fourth in pole vault (8-0).
In Class 2A, the Texico Lady Wolverines advanced their 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams into today’s finals.
Coach Mike Littlejohn said Texico had the top time on Friday in the 400 relay at 52.61 seconds and finished second (1:51.90) to Cloudcroft (1:51.20) in the 800 relay despite its best time of the year. Cloudcroft came into the weekend with the No. 6 time, but shaved about six seconds on Friday.
Texico’s time in the 1,600 relay was 4:25.33.
In the Class 2A boys meet, hurdlers Aaron Morgan (110) and Ryan Morgan (300) and Mario Posada in the 400 meters all advanced. The Wolverines also qualified their 400 and 800 relays, but were disqualified after posting the fastest time in medley relay for an illegal T-shirt.