The Fort Sumner Vixens didn’t get to take the blue trophy on the bus ride to the hotel Wednesday night, but they’re by all means on their way to a Class 1A three-peat.
The Vixens got a trio of event wins and posted 36 points at the first day of the state meet, held at the University of New Mexico.
How dominant were the Vixens Thursday? If Fort Sumner’s three discus throwers were a separate team, the Vixens would still be first, and their discus throwers would be ahead of Cimarron for second place.
DeLisa Luce won discus for the Vixens, with a throw of 109-10. She was followed by teammates Rita Herrera (104-5) and Racheal Chavez (98-10) for 16 points in the event.
The Rams are currently second with 13 points, followed by Magdalena (8.5), Floyd (7) and Roy (6).
Other event winners for Fort Sumner were Christa Boyle in the 1,600 (5:42.45) and Bree Lucero in the high jump (5-5). Courtney Kyle finished second in pole vault at 8-6.
Kelsi Gray accounted for all of Floyd’s points in girls competition, as she beat all comers by more than two feet in triple jump. Gray’s leaped 33 feet, 9 1/4 inches.
Fort Sumner is in good shape for Thursday as well, qualifying all four relays and getting at least one athlete qualified in five individual events.
Clovis Christian is in 11th place with 3 points, with LaNae Naceanceno finishing fourth in pole vault.
Still, Eagles coach Jason Swann likes his team’s chances. He has conceded first to Fort Sumner, but said his girls are a darkhorse to move to either second or third and get a trophy.
“We’re sitting right where we want to be at. We’re kind of the underdog,” Swann said. “Everybody’s performing like we want to. We’re sitting great for finals in all of our relays. Every single relay broke the school record.”
Twelve other teams registered points in the first day of competition. Tearney O’Connor finished fifth in the triple jump at 31 feet, 1 1/2 inches to account for Dora’s two points.
In Class 2A competition, Texico is in the running for a trophy, with 12 points for third place.
Junior Katlin Luscombe won the high jump at 5 feet, and Kayla Cox was second in discus at 100-10 to account for the Wolverines’ points.
In boys 1A action, it’s anybody’s meet to win. Carrizozo is in first place with 13 points, followed by Tatum with 8.
Clovis Christian and Melrose are in a four-way tie for seven points, thanks to Ross Miller and Clint Barnard. Miller defeated Logan’s Taylor Smith in a jumpoff after the two each went for 6 feet in the high jump, while Barnard got seven points for the Buffaloes with a win in the triple jump.
Fort Sumner also has seven points, with Skylar McMath’s second-place in the 1600 and Barrett Williamson’s fifth place in triple jump.
Floyd scored two points, as Tyler Johnson finished fifth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:01.97.
Eunice and Hagerman are tied with 14 points in Class 2A competition, while Texico is in 12th place with four points.
The Wolverines got a fifth-place finish from Dathan McWhorter in the discus, and sixth-place finishes from Tyler Strickland (high jump) and Jonathon Montana (discus).