LOVINGTON — Clovis High’s track teams got in a good tuneup as they prepare for the season’s stretch drive, sweeping team titles in Friday’s Ross Black Relays.
The Lady Wildcats, who have won two of the last three Class 5A state titles, posted 128 points to 73 1/2 for Hobbs in the 10-school meet. Meantime, the CHS boys racked up 132 points, with host Lovington at distant second at 74.
For the girls, junior Antiesha Brown tied her own school record in winning triple jump at 37 feet, 5 inches. She also had a season-best 17-6 to finish 2-3 in long jump with senior Lainey Flatow (17-5), who registered a state-qualifying mark.
Meagan Baglien and Fran Cabrera went 1-2 in shot put, then Cabrera was first and Baglien third in discus. In addition, senior Caitlin Waters won the 800 (2:20.78), Tara Dewitt took the 400 (1:01.52) and the Lady Cats won all four relay races.
“We had some really good weather the first half of the meet and it showed in some of our performances,” CHS girls coach Darrel Ray said Saturday. “We pulled up a few kids from the (junior varsity). I thought all 31 kids helped us last night.
“The kids ran really well. I think we’re starting to really come around.”
Boys performances were highlighted by school records from junior Richie Chavez in shot put (59-4) and senior Izzy Miranda in the 3,200 (9:27.86). Each broke his own mark set earlier this season.
“Watching Izzy and Richie break school records, and do it convincingly, was a lot of fun,” Wildcats coach Darren Kelley said.
Chavez also won in discus (159-5), and Miranda was a winner in the 1,600 (4:35.15).
James Howard earned a state qualifying mark in long jump, winning at 22-1. Brandon Williams took a win in triple jump (42-3) and helped the 400 and 800 relay teams post wins, the latter in a season-best time of 1:30.68.
Other winners for the Cats were Moses Bibbs in the 100, Mills in the 200 and the 1,600 relay.
“I thought the kids did a good job of competing,” Kelley said. “This sets us up well for (the District 4-5A meet on Friday in Carlsbad).
“At district we have to improve some relay times to help us for (state) the next week.”
Class 5A state competition is slated for May 15-16 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.