BREAKING NEWS: RHS track teams both in top three at state

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By Dave Kavanaugh




For the second straight year, Robertson High's Estevan Vigil stood tall on the awards podium in the aftermath of the state track and field championship meet, having claimed the Class 3A boys' high-point athlete distinction.

Vigil's 31 points were in fact the second highest total among the six high-point honorees, Classes 3A through 5A. The Cardinal junior reclaimed the state titles in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and added a title in the long jump.

Vigil's effort allowed the Cardinals to pile up 52 team points and edge Hope Christian for third place in the Class 3A boys' team standings. Lovington (64) and Sandia Prep (63) had a dogfight for the team title. West Las Vegas finished 10th on the strength of Chris Ellis-Phillips' multi-event work.

Robertson's Lady Cardinals had 55 team points and were second in the Class 3A girls' standings only to district rival Pojoaque Valley (75). The Lady Cards had won the district championship a week earlier and had legitimate state championship hopes. But a few bad breaks -- notably the late-season loss of standout multi-event athlete Kassandra Tapia to injury -- hurt those chances.

It is the second year in a row that both RHS squads cracked the top three at state.

As with the WLV boys, the Lady Dons finished 10th at the meet, held at Friends of UNM Track Stadium in Albuquerque.

Vigil ran an 11.33 in winning the meet's premier speed event, the boys' 100-yard dash, besting Dan Fuller of Lovington by 32 hundredths of a second. RHS teammate Nathan Abreu was sixth in 12 seconds flat.

Vigil also won the boys' 200 with a 21.93 to defeat Fuller for the title.

His long jump of 21-8 gave him the nod over Cuba's Dominic Heuser by one inch. West's Ellis-Phillips placed fourth (21-5.5).

As was the case in 2008, Lady Cardinals Marin Schweigert and Julie Franken finished one-two in the girls' high jump. After Franken stopped at 5-2, Schweigert went a step further and cleared 5-8, just an inch shy of the Class 3A state record set a decade earlier by Lovington's Kelli Myers.

Ellis-Phillips, a one-man tidal wave for West Las Vegas' boys, won the high jump with a 6-2, two inches better than runner-up Saul Guevara of Lovington.

Robertson senior throwing specialist Alicia Garcia capped her prep career with a state championship in girls' discus. Her toss of 114-3 won by five and a half feet.

West Las Vegas scored a title in the girls' 1,600-meter medley relay. The Lady Dons' time of 4:32.09 was more than four seconds better than runner-up Dexter.

West's Linda Esquibel was runner-up in the girls' triple jump with a 34-7.75, and Franken was fourth with a 33-1. Hope Christian's Aasha Marler won with a 35-5.25.

Ellis-Phillips placed second in the boys' triple jump with a 43-8.5. Dominic Heuser of Cuba took first with a 44-11.75.

Vigil was second to Sandia Prep's Bronson Duran in the boys' 400-meter dash. Duran's time was 49.32; Vigil's was 49.75.

In the boys' javelin, Vigil cleared 159-10, second to Lovington's Blake Young (174-1).

Lady Cardinal distance runner Belen Romero came in second in the girls' 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:35.5. St. Mike's star Kate Norskog won in 5:29.25.

Robertson girls were the runner-up in the 1,600-meter relay (4:14.26), while Pojoaque crossed the finish line in 4:08.95.

The RHS boys took second in the 1,600-meter medley relay, their time of 3:46.3 losing to Sandia Prep (3:44.52).

The Lady Cardinal 800-meter relay team placed second to Ruidoso in 1:49.67. WLV was sixth in 1:53.98. Ruidoso's time was 1:48.72.

Schweigert finished third in the girls' long jump, clearing 16-4. Class 3A girls' high-point athlete Kimberly Babicke of Pojoaque won with a 16-10.75.

Robertson's Daniel Martinez captured third place in the boys' 300-meter hurdles (40.47). Skyler Evans of New Mexico Military won in 39.84.

Just a week after a sixth-place individual finish in the state golf tournament, Robertson eighth-grader Jayme Quintana finished fourth in the girls' 400-meter dash (1:01.2). West Las Vegas' Linda Esquibel was eighth (1:05.32). Ruidoso senior Amber Gardner won in 1:00.51.

Belen Romero (2:27.14) was fourth and WLV's Esquibel (2:37.56) was ninth in the girls' 800-meter run. Pojoaque's Dionna Montoya won in 2:24.13.

Robertson's boys ran fourth in the 400-meter relay, their time 44.99. Lovington squeaked out a win in 44.34.

The Cardinal boys also were fourth in the 800-meter relay (1:35.6); Socorro won that event in 1:32.59.

Julie Franken of RHS finished fifth in the girls' 100-meter hurdles with a 17.73 showing. Bloomfield's Sunni Baird won in 17.13.

Robertson's Garcia took seventh in the girls' shot put (31-10.5); Cobre's Brooklyn Gallegos had a winning throw of 40-6.

WLV's girls finished seventh in the 400-meter relay with a time of 53.86; Pojoaque won in 51.91.

Robertson freshman Justin Bustos took eighth in the boys' 3,200-meter run with a 10:28.28. Thoreau's Dustin Walthall was the only runner to cover the 2-mile distance in less than 10 minutes (9:52.27).

In the boys' 1,600-meter relay, the Cardinals placed eighth (3:40.19); Sandia Prep (3:31.28) was first.

Class 3A boys teams

1. Lovington, 64

2. Sandia Prep, 63

3. Robertson, 52

4. Hope Christian, 48

5. St. Michael's, 38

6. Dexter, 34

7. Socorro, 29

8. Bloomfield, 24.5

9. Cuba, 23.5

10. West Las Vegas, 15

11. Thoreau, 12

11. New Mexico Military, 12

13. Portales, 11

14. Hot Springs, 6

15. Zuni, 5

16. Cobre, 4

16. Ruidoso, 4

16. Raton, 4

19. Hatch Valley, 3

20. Newcomb, 2

Class 3A girls teams

1. Pojoaque, 75

2. Robertson, 55

3. Ruidoso, 49

4. Hope Chrsitian, 38

5. Bloomfield, 34

6. St. Michael's, 31

6. Sandia Prep, 31

8. Lovington, 19

9. Cobre, 18

10. West Las Vegas, 16

10. Laguna Acoma, 16

10. Cuba, 16

13. Dexter, 11

14. Socorro, 10

15. Portales, 9

16. Santa Fe Indian, 7

17. Hatch Valley, 5

17. Zuni, 5

19. Hot Springs, 4

20. Miyamura, 3

21. Raton, 2