LV athletes win four state track titles on day one

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Meet continues Saturday at UNM

By Dave Kavanaugh




Las Vegas athletes won four state championships in individual events Friday, day one of the two-day Class 3A state track and field championships hosted by the University of New Mexico.

West Las Vegas' Chris Ellis-Phillips regained the state title in the high jump with a leap of 6-2, two inches better than Lovington's Saul Guevara, the runner-up.

And in a replay of last season's Class 3A girls' high jump final, Marin Schweigert of Robertson beat Lady Cardinal teammate Julie Franken for a one-two finish. Schweigert went one step further and set the RHS record in the event with a 5-8. That was one inch shy of the 10-year-old state record set by Kelli Myers of Lovington.

Franken had a 5-2, four inches higher than the third-place finisher.

Better known for his sprinting prowess, Estevan Vigil of RHS won state in the boy's long jump with a 21-8, a one-inch victory over Cuba's Dominic Heuser. Ellis-Phillips took fourth with a jump of 21-5.

Robertson's throwing specialist Alicia Garcia captured a state title in the girls' discus, her throw of 114-3 edging the 108-9 toss of Ruidoso's Asher Shaw.

Through five events, the RHS girls led the Class 3A standings with 23 team points, ahead of Pojoaque (14), Ruidoso (13) and Cobre (12). The WLV boys -- represented entirely by Ellis-Phillips -- were fifth and RHS seventh. Lovington and Hope Christian sat atop the leaderboard.

WLV girls' 400-meter relay qualified for Saturday's finals with a 53.62 time, seventh in the prelims. RHS finished in 57.03, placing 11th and missing the cut.

Robertson's boys were fifth in the qualifying heats of the 400-meter relay and made it to Saturday's final. Their time was 44.44.

Julie Franken (RHS) won her heat and was second overall in the preliminary 100-meter hurdles.

Daniel Martinez (RHS) ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.43, landing 10th and missing the cut for the finals by three hundredths of a second.

Miranda Martinez (WLV) ran the 100-meter dash in 13.56, good for 11th; top eight times qualify for finals.

Estevan Vigil (RHS) covered the boys' 100 in 11.25, the second fastest time in the prelims behind Hatch Valley's Max Gillis. Vigil will run in Saturday's finals. So will teammate Nathan Abreu, whose 11.7 was eighth in the early heats.

Both Robertson and West Las Vegas girls' 800-meter relay teams had times that got them to the finals. The Lady Cardinals had the fastest time of the class (1:48.18); the Lady Dons' 1:52.77 ranked seventh.

Robertson's boys' 800-meter relay foursome also moved on to the finals, finishing in 1:34.23, fourth fastest Friday.

In the girls' 400-meter dash, West's Linda Esquibel set the tempo in the early heats with a 1:00.7. She and Robertson's Jayme Quintana (seventh in 1:02.16) advance to the finals. Rachel Trujillo (WLV) was ninth in 1:03.92 and just missed the cut.

Robertson's Estevan Vigil had a time of 50.99 in the boys' 400 and as the third best of the prelims will advance.

Kathleen Trujillo (WLV) covered the girls' 300-meter hurdles in 53.91, 10th overall and missing the cut.

Daniel Martinez (RHS) posted the second fastest time of the class in the boys' 300 hurdles, qualifying for finals.

The Lady Dons' 1,600-meter medley relay came away with the fastest qualifying time (4:32.6) and will move forward to the finals. RHS, penalized with a false start, will not.

The Cardinals' 1,600-meter medley group had a time of 3:48.94, qualifying by finishing third.

Estevan Vigil made it three for three in the sprinting events, his time of 22.63 tied for the second-fastest of the preliminary heats.

In the girls' 1,600-meter relay prelims, RHS made the cut, placing third in 4:20.41. WLV's girls' 1,600-meter relay team was 13th in 4:41.26.

The RHS boys' 1,600 relay team was eighth in 3:39.75 and will run in the finals.

Marin Schweigert (RHS) was third in the girls' long jump finals, clearing 16-4.

Alicia Garcia (RHS) placed seventh in the girls' shot put finals with a toss of 31-10.5.

The state meet concludes Saturday.