Tracksters fare well at weekend meets

William Thompson

Tucumcari High School’s boys varsity track team posted fast times in running events at the Fort Sumner meet Saturday. The girls relay team fared well also.

16 teams competed at Ft. Sumner. The boys’ 400 meter relay team finished first with a time of 44.86. The Tucumcari boys’ 800 meter relay team also finished first with a time of 1:35.31. The Rattler boys also came in third in the medley relay with a time of 4:00.83, approximately nine seconds off the winning time posted by Desert Academy. The 1600 meter relay saw Tucumcari posting the second fastest time, 3:37.30. Nemie Salvador won the triple jump and long jump competitions. His triple jump distance was 39’ 4” and his long jump distance was 20’ 6”. Chris McCasland finished second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’ 10”. The boys’ cumulative score for the meet was 82, second only to that of the Fort Sumner team. As for the girls, the 800 meter relay team finished fifth, and the medley relay team finished fourth. Jamie Jones continued to improve in discus competition. Her discus distance was 95’ 4”.
Andrea Garcia finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 87’ 9” Rattler Coach Wayne Ferguson took only a few of his best runners to Clovis last Friday to face tough Class 5A competition.

“I took our better runners to Clovis to give them experience against better competition,” said Ferguson. “Our 400 and 800 meter relay teams posted their fastest times of the year.”
The 400 meter relay team, consisting of Nemie Salvador, Chris McCasland, Jonathan Reno and Rob McClelland, finished with a time of 43.49 seconds.
The 800 meter relay team, Salvador, McCasland, McClelland and Nick Wiegel, came in third with a time of 1:31.5.
Chris McCasland finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 22.57 seconds.
Jamie Jones finished seventh in the javelin competition at Clovis. She was up against 90 competitors.
Coach Ferguson said Jones is now qualified to go to the state tournament in the javelin and discus competitions.