CLASS 1A STATE TRACK: Lady Broncos look to finish in top five

PNT staff

FLOYD — Floyd’s girls made a strong showing in last year’s Class 1A state track meet in Albuquerque with a fourth-place finish.

Despite a young roster that includes five eighth graders, first-year coach Adam Terry is hoping the Lady Broncos can do as well or better this year

“We’re looking to finish in the top five,” Terry said as Floyd prepared to take 14 girls to the two-day meet beginning today at the University of New Mexico’s track facility.

Floyd also has three entrants in boys competition — eighth-grader Jesus Davalos in the 100 and 400, freshman Chay Chenault in the 3,200 and senior Brad Lee in the 1,600. Elida has one entrant, sophomore Tyler Anderson in the boys 100.

Terry said the Lady Broncos hope to do well in the distance events, led by senior Kelli Johnson, who is ranked second in 1A in both the 3,200 and 1,600 coming in. Johnson was third in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600 a year ago.

Floyd has five entrants in both events, including several eighth-graders.

“We hope to place at least three girls in each one,” Terry said.

Meantime, junior Jordon Paul is ranked at or near the top in the 400 and 800. “Jordon Paul has a good chance of winning (those events), or at least getting second,” Terry said.

Floyd has qualified all four of its relays, and Terry said the Lady Broncos could contend for gold in the medley and 1,600 relays.

In the first events for the Lady Broncos, eighth-grader Bree Lancaster competes in high jump while the 400 relay team runs in preliminaries in events scheduled for noon starts.

The boys have three events on the docket today, with Davalos and Anderson leading off in the 100 prelims at 1:50 p.m.