CLASS 3A STATE TRACK: Lady Rams’ Roehl second in shot put

PNT staff

ALBUQUERQUE — One down, one to go for Portales sophomore Jordan Roehl.

Roehl cranked out her best throw of the day in shot put on her final attempt on Friday, slipping ahead of Grants’ Sheena Meech to earn second place in the Class 3A girls state track meet at the University of New Mexico’s track facility.

Bloomfield senior Deidra Brown, who went in as a solid favorite, didn’t disappoint with a winning throw of 41 feet, 5 3/4 inches. Roehl, who had finished sixth in each of the past two years in the event, followed at 35-7 1/2 while Meech’s top throw was 35-5.

“We were really excited for Jordan today,” PHS girls coach Ruth Chavez said.

The five points put the Lady Rams in a tie for seventh place with Shiprock after the first day’s competition. St. Michael’s leads the standings with 19 points — one ahead of Grants.

Meantime, Portales’ boys picked up three points on the first day and are in a three-way tie for 10th with Cuba and Hot Springs. Grants lead with 25 points, followed by Bloomfield with 18.

Senior Jerrod Long was fifth in triple jump for the Rams, going 41-3 1/2, while sophomore Jacob Brady placed sixth in discus at 128-1.

Both Portales squads will be able to sleep in a bit today. The boys have three events on tap today while the girls have six, but none is scheduled before the boys 800 relay final at 3:22 p.m.

The Lady Rams qualified sophomore Kandace Bergsieker in the 200 and 400, as well as their medley relay and 1,600 relay teams. Meantime, Roehl competes in discus, where she is seeded fourth going in, at 5 p.m. and senior Michaela Alexander runs the 3,200 at 7:15 p.m.

“We just want to come back tomorrow and finish the season strong,” Chavez said.

Bergsieker ran a personal-best time of 1:00.54 in the 400 and qualified with a time of 27.10 in the 200, setting up a busy day for herself. The medley relay team of senior Caroline Knudson, junior Miriam Madrid, freshman Tara Johnson and Bergsieker qualified in 4:43.32 while the 1,600 relay quartet of Madrid, senior Samantha Henderson, Johnson and Bergsieker was clocked in 4:23.64.

“The 200 isn’t my best event, but in my 400 I feel really strong,” Bergsieker said of her individual events. “I think I can beat the other two girls who were in front of me (on Friday).

“I think we’re doing good. Even though two of our relays didn’t make it to the finals, they still ran hard.”

The Lady Rams did not qualify for the finals in the 400 or 800 relays on Friday, while Alexander in the 1,600 and senior Samantha Foshee in high jump were unable to crack the top six.

The boys qualified their 800 relay with Devin Lester, Robert Kemp, Jeremy Stinson and Zack Vigil running 1:35.23, while senior Amador Lujan made it to the finals in the 200 with 3A’s fifth-fastest time on Friday at 22.91.

“I thought it was pretty good,” said Lujan, who was second in the 3A finals two years ago and sixth last year. “The competition was pretty tough. We were all neck-and-neck right there at the finish line.

“I felt good on the curve, then at the end I started to die a little bit. I’m just having fun out here.”

The Rams did not qualify for today’s finals in the 400 relay. Junior Richard Cage false-started in the 110 hurdles prelims, while junior Hunter Rackler did not clear opening height of 5-10 in high jump.

“We’re disappointed in the false-start, but that’s part of it,” Rams coach Glenn Johnson said. “Overall, it was a good day. I felt good about how everybody competed.”

Portales’ other competitor today is senior Alonzo Ontiveros in javelin.