ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose junior Caley Barnard made a big splash in Class 1A state girls track competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico track.
Barnard accounted for 18 of the Lady Buffs’ 19 first-day points, which has them in a tie for first place with Jemez Valley and one point ahead of Desert Academy.
Barnard went a stunning 11 feet, 4 inches for a victory of nearly 2 1/2 feet in pole vault. Eighth-grader Lakasey Mondragon added a point for Melrose with a sixth-place finish at 8 feet.
Barnard also exploded to win triple jump at 34-1, just over a foot ahead of Floyd junior Jasmine Gomez (second at 33-0 1/4). The Melrose standout added a third-place finish in high jump at 4-10.
The only other winner from the area on Friday was Fort Sumner senior Michael Giannini, who took 1A boys discus competition at 145-10. His seven points has the Foxes tied for fifth after the first day with Menaul.
“He’s been throwing really well all year,” Fort Sumner boys coach Matt Moyer said. “He had a little bit of a slow start (on Friday), but winning discus was really important to him.”
Moyer said the Foxes will have to get some points from Giannini in shot put and javelin and do well on the track today to try to challenge first-day leader Cliff (23 points) and second-place Cimarron (22) in the team race.
Meantime, the Fort Sumner girls — looking for an eighth consecutive team title — currently stand tied for fifth with Jal, each with 10 points.
Senior Angelica Torres was second in discus for the Vixens at 102-6, while junior Codi Scovel-Wood and sophomore Allison Wilton went 4-5 in the event.
Along with the five points from Gomez, Floyd got three points from senior Tessa Nall for a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 in 13:02.97.
The only other area boys points in 1A came from Clovis Christian senior Nathan Turvaville, who placed fourth in the 800 in 2:05.40.
In Class 2A, Texico’s girls are in a three-way tie for eighth with five points after the first day while the boys are in a three-way tie for 10th with three points.
Freshman Whitney Skabelund placed second in girls triple jump at 34-3 1/2, two inches behind Ramah sophomore Taea Hill. For the boys, senior Adrian Gomez, who should do well in hurdles today, picked up a fourth-place finish in triple jump at 42-11.
Santa Rosa had a two-point lead over Estancia with 14 points in the 2A boys division, while Ramah led on the girls’ side with 15 to 13 for Bosque.