Good things came in threes for Mora senior distance runner Alonzo Chavez over the weekend at the Class 1A-2A state track and field championships.
Chavez went three for three, racing to state championships in the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run, capping a history-making prep career with the Rangers.
Going into the meet, Texico senior Colton Hollis loomed as Chavez’s main competition. But while Hollis did provide a challenge, the Mora star had the superior kick each time.
Chavez beat Hollis by a split second in the 800 (1:58.24 to 1:59.12). The difference was less than 5 ticks in the mile (4:25.96 to 4:30.69) and even less than that in the 2-mile (9:45.99 to 9:49.59).
Chavez, the son of Danny and Bernadette Chavez, is reportedly headed to New Mexico Highlands University, where he’ll join his older brother (and fellow Mora state champion alumnus) Henrique on the Cowboy cross country team.
Pecos sophomore Cassie C de Baca trailed only Bosque’s Jacqueline Katzman in the 1-mile run and she was a contender in all three distance runs, finishing among the top five.
Texico won the 2A boys’ team title with 53 points; Mora was 11th with 21.
Santa Rosa won the 2A girls’ team title with 45 points; Pecos came in 15th.
Highlights from this past Saturday’s Class 1A-2A state track and field championships, held at the University of New Mexico track and soccer complex in Albuquerque:
BOYS’ 800-METER RUN
1. Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 1:58.24
BOYS’ 1,600-METER RUN
1. Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 4:25.96
12. Ryan Sandoval, 4:57.25
BOYS’ 3,200-METER RUN
1. Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 9:45.99
14. Paul C de Baca, Pecos, 10:36.92
BOYS’ 110-METER HURDLES
18. Michael Quintana, Pecos, 19.32
BOYS’ 1,600-METER RELAY
12. Pecos (A. Lujan, B. Quintana, M. Torrez, J. Henderson), 3:48.48
BOYS’ 1,600-METER MEDLEY RELAY
13. Mora (I. Duran, X. Romero, J. Alcon, C. Fresquez), 4:08.02
BOYS’ LONG JUMP
13. Josh Lopez, Pecos, 18-5 1/4
14. Jason Henderson, 18-5
BOYS’ TRIPLE JUMP
12. Jason Henderson, Pecos, 37-8 3/4
BOYS’ SHOT PUT
18. Marcus Varela, Pecos, 34-7
11. Adrian Ortiz, Pecos, 124-1
GIRLS’ 800-METER RUN
5. Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 2:29.67
16. Davette Hurtado, Mora, 2:43.06
GIRLS’ 1,600-METER RUN
2. Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 5:34.45
15. Davette Hurtado, Mora, 6:21.31
GIRLS’ 3,200-METER RUN
3. Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 12:10.64
GIRLS’ HIGH JUMP
5. Caitlin Martinez, Pecos, 4-8
GIRLS’ TRIPLE JUMP
15. KeeAnna Trujillo, Pecos, 30-6 1/2