ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner returned to the top after a two-year absence and Clovis Christian’s Kevin Naceanceno’s gold rush in the sprints included a state record in the 400 on Saturday in the Class 1A boys state track meet.
Led by seniors Skylar McMath and Kolter West and three relay wins, Fort Sumner won its 17th title in convincing fashion. The Foxes finished with 81 points with Menaul second with 60.
In Class 2A, Texico finished second to Lordsburg.
“(The seniors) deserved this,” Fort Sumner coach Scott McMath said, noting the Foxes finished as the state runnerup in football and reached the semifinals in basketball. “With all the hard work they’ve put in for four years, they deserved a banner on the wall.”
West swept the 100- and 300-meter hurdles while McMath tied with Naceanceno for high-point individual with 21 points, including his fifth straight 800 title on Friday.
Naceanceno helped Clovis finish fifth with 32 1/2 points by sweeping the 100, 200 and 400 — where he battled Mountainair’s Santana Zamora to the finish. His time of 49.40 was his first sub-50 second time of his career.
“I was just trying to win,” Naceanceno said. “I knew the times were going to be good because of the intensity of the race.”
Kenny Doung added a win for the Eagles in the shot put.
Jose Mendoza set school records for Floyd while finishing third in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200.
Meanwhile, it was a two-team race in Class 2A, with Lordsburg winning its second straight title with 85 points to 68 for Texico.
Texico picked up wins Saturday from junior Jesus Rivera in javelin and from its 800 and 1,600 medley relay teams.
Besides anchoring the winning 800 relay team and the runnerup 1,600 relay unit, sophomore Adrian Gomez was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles for the Wolverines.