Floyd bringing 14 to state track meet

PNT Staff

Floyd’s girls got closer to a Class 1A state championship than even they expected last year, losing by just three points to Fort Sumner.
The Lady Broncos know winning a state title will be even tougher this year, so coach Sean Wootton wants his squad to just worry about itself.
Cimarron, which dropped down a class this year after winning the 2004 Class 2A crown, is expected to battle Fort Sumner for this year’s 1A title.
“Our goal is to beat as many people as we can,” Wootton said of this year’s meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque. “We’ll just try to beat all of our personal records for the year.
“If we do that, I think we’ll score more than the 37 points I have us figured for.”
Senior Noel Carpenter, who won the 1A long jump title as a freshman and outlasted teammate Kelli Johnson to take the 800 at state last year, leads Floyd’s nine-person girls entourage. The Lady Broncos are scheduled to compete in 11 events, including all four relays.
Carpenter will run the 800, where she comes in seeded second, and the 300 hurdles, where she’s fourth. She’s also No. 2 in triple jump going in, and will run on the Lady Broncos’ 800 and 1,600 relays, ranked third and fourth.
Wootton expects her to do well.
“Noel’s a different kind of athlete,” he said. “She’s one that if she’s in range, she can get anybody.”
Junior Rebecca Blue is in three relays and the 200 while Johnson, also a junior, will run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Johnson is unbeaten in all three races this year, but faces some stiff competition.
“It’s a little different perspective,” Wootton said. “She’s been used to being first and hardly having anybody run with her at all. Now she’s going to have to chase the entire time.”
Floyd’s boys are sending five athletes, including a relay alternate. The Broncos will run in the 1,600 relay, and also have senior Jonathan Mitchell competing in the 800 and junior Brad Lee in the 1,600.
Dora has two girls competing in 1A triple jump in seniors D’Shawn Pettigrew and Jena Bilberry, while sophomore Alicia Smith represents Elida in 1A girls high jump.