Tracksters place high

William Thompson

Tucumcari High School Track Coach Wayne Ferguson took only a few of his track athletes to Estancia for a 13-team meet Saturday. The few who went did well, however, as the boys’ team finished third and the girls’ team finished sixth.

“I took only a few of the kids because a lot was going on here in Tucumcari with prom and everything,” said Ferguson. “The more athletes a team has, the better the team does as a whole, generally. So it’s quite an accomplishment for us to place so well.”

Nemie Salvador continued to sharpen his long jump and triple jump skills in preparation for state competition. Salvador won the long jump with a distance of 18 ‘ 4 3/4”. He also won the triple jump competition at Estancia with a distance of 38’ 6 3/4”. Coach Ferguson said the sky’s the limit for Salvador.

“Nemie is one of the better jumpers in the state,” said Ferguson. “Nemie’s been practicing throughout the week with assistant coach Gary Hittson, working on jumping skills.” The Tucumcari boys’ 800 meter relay team came in first place with a time of one minute 32.86 seconds. Andy Lau finished a surprising second place in the individual 400 meter dash. Coach Ferguson said Lau has stepped up to the competition late in the season.

“Andy Lau finally ran up to his capability at Estancia,” he said. In the boys’ throwing events, Nathan McDonald won the javelin competition with a throw of 142’ 10”. Stephen Quintana finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 125’ 2 1/4”.

As for the girls, Jamie Jones and Andrea Garcia both did well again in the throwing events. Ferguson made special mention of Garcia, “Andrea Garcia did exceptionally well in her shot put throws,” he said. “She’s getting better as the weeks go by. She still needs to qualify to make it to the state tournament.”

Garcia finished second overall in the shot put with a throw of 29’ 10 1/2”. Jamie Jones finished second in the javelin competition with a throw of 102’ 11”.
Theresa Chacon finished fourth in the 800 meter run and T’Shawna Span finished fifth in the 200 meter dash.
Coach Ferguson said his track teams control their destinies.

“Right now we are right there with everybody else,” said Ferguson. “Hopefully we’ll get more of our athletes qualified for state.”