ALBUQUERQUE — The Fort Sumner Foxes had already notched a school first with the state basketball championship March 14.
They got another one Thursday, claiming the Class 1A track title to sweep the major boys sports for the season.
“They wanted to get the triple crown, so to speak,” coach Scott McMath said of the Foxes, who also won their fourth straight 1A football title in November. “From day one of practice, that was kind of the goal for the year.”
Berry Stinnett, Skylar McMath and Barrett Williamson combined for 34 points in their individual events, and the Foxes scored 24 more in relays to provide make up the bulk of a 79.5-point effort, well ahead of Carrizozo for the 14th boys state track title in school history and first since 2005.
Carrizozo narrowly held off Clovis Christian for third place, 50-48.
Clovis Christian also claimed third in the girls 1A meet.
“It’s a huge deal,” Eagles coach Jason Swann said. “It’s huge for our school athletically. It’s huge for our track program.”
Clovis Christian’s Ross Miller tied for high-point individual with 21 points. In addition to his high jump win Wednesday, Miller got a win in the long jump and claimed second in the 200 Thursday.
The Foxes, meanwhile, had nobody in the running for high-point individual, but got wins from Stinnett in the 110-meter hurdles, Williamson in the pole vault and Skylar McMath in the 800.
Coach McMath said an early second-place finish in the 400 relay provided confidence throughout Thursday’s events at the University of New Mexico, and probably pushed them to win the 800 relay later in the day.
“The 400 relay placing second was a great way to start today,” McMath said. “We weren’t necessarily expecting to place, but we did well. With that team stepping up and performing, it continued from there.”
In Class 2A action, Texico finished seventh with 27 points. Hagerman took top honors with 53 points.