Tracksters shine at district meet

William Thompson

The 2004 District 6AA track meet was held at Tucumcari High School this past weekend, and a number of Rattlers qualified to go to Albuquerque this weekend for state competition.

Two freshman girls will be going to Albuquerque. Jamie Jones will be competing in the javelin and discus events. Jones won the district discus throw with a distance of 99’ 0”.
Theresa Chacon, another freshman, competed in the 1600 meter run for the first time this season and came away with second place, allowing her to compete in Albuquerque. Her time for the 1600 meters was 6:03.25.

In the boys’ field events, Chris McCasland continued to excel in the high jump competition. McCasland won first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’ 11”, two inches higher than his nearest competitor. McCasland was the overall high-point individual for the entire meet. His overall point total of 21.5 was over 6 points higher than an athlete from Estancia who came in second in point totals.
Nemie Salvador won the triple jump event with a distance of 39’ 1/2”, and he finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19” 0”.

In the running events, McCasland won first place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.40 and Nick Wiegel won the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.27. The 400 meter relay team, Salvador, McCasland, Jonathan Reno and Rob McClelland, came in first in the district with a time of 44.16, and the 800 meter relay team, Salvador, McCasland, McClelland and Nick Wiegel, finished first with a time of 1:32.63.

The 1600 meter relay team also finished first. Reno, McCasland, McClelland, Wiegel and Andy Lau combined for a winning time of 3:33.84. Rattler Coach Wayne Ferguson said the boys will be running on the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque. “Most of these guys have been there before, so there is nothing intimidating about running on the college track,” said Ferguson. “There is really nothing we need to do differently to prepare for the state tournament. We treat it as any other track meet.”

Ferguson did indicate one difference between the state competition and the previous meets of the season.
“At state, everybody you are competing against is about as good or better than you are, so there is no room for error,” he said. “If our runners run like they are capable of running, then we should be at or near the top.”