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Pecos’ Turner, Robertson’s Martinez star in WLV Invite

By Dave Kavanaugh

Already a lock for the Class 2A state meet, Pecos’ Yeshemabet Turner swept the three girls’ jump competitions in the West Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday at the Herrera Complex.

It’s going to be a busy week for the Lady Panthers senior standout, who plans to reveal her college choice in a signing ceremony on Friday, her coach told the Optic.

Turner, who excels in the classroom and takes college courses in addition to the usual high school curriculum, has starred in multiple sports for Pecos.

On Saturday, she was all grins between her attempts at the three jumps she ended up winning — the triple jump with a distance of 36-9 1/2; the long jump with a 17-5 1/2; and the high jump with a 5-2. She held off Hope Christian star Aasha Marler for titles in the first two and St. Mike’s Mayah McGowen for the high jump crown.

“She’s a great kid,” Pecos coach Leroy Barela said of Turner.

Robertson’s Jayme Quintana conquered the 300-meter hurdles in 50.33 seconds to win the event.

In the girls’ team standings, Marler and Hope Christian cruised into first place with 121 team points, bolstered by a clean sweep of the relays and wins in five other individual events. St. Mike’s was second with 86 points, followed by Robertson with 69 and West Las Vegas with 43. Pecos and Raton tied for fourth place with 28 points apiece.

Rounding out the girls’ team scores: Mora, Tucumcari, Mesa Vista, Peñasco, Springer, Santa Rosa, Maxwell and Roy.

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Daniel Martinez’s return to the lineup was at least as welcome as the sunny conditions for the Robertson boys’ squad.

Martinez racked up wins in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, punching his Class 3A state meet ticket in the process, with times of 16.3 seconds and 42.12 seconds, respectively.

Along with sprinter Keen Martinez’s wins in the 100 and 200, as well as a victory in the 400-meter relay, the Cardinals took a total of five events en route to a boys’ team championship.

Coach Mike Maldonado’s Cardinals amassed 84 team points, beating the private school one-two punch of St. Mike’s (62) and Hope Christian (51). West Las Vegas tied with Peñasco for fourth place (44).

Maldonado said he was impressed with how his Cards kept competing.

The Dons scored two event victories Saturday. One was a thriller in the 800 relay (1:36.54 edged Hope’s 1:36.93). The other was Jordan Lopez’s strong work in the 400 for a time of 52.87.

Mora’s Tim Romero cleared 5-10 in the high jump, the best of the day.

Pecos’ P.J. C de Baca won the 3,200-meter run in 10:49.

For more on the meet, see Wednesday’s Optic sports section.