By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
Heading into the first Portales track meet in almost 10 years, the Lady Rams are riding high after taking first place at Thursday’s Buffalo Relays at Melrose.
Junior Jordan Roehl put plenty of points on the board for Portales, qualifying for the state tournament once again in the discus and shot put, winning first place in both events Thursday. The Lady Rams also took first in the 1600 meter relay missing a state qualifying time by nearly four-tenths of a second.
“They did well, it was a good track meet,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said. “I didn’t know how it would turn out … but we got a win out of it, so that was good.”
Portales junior Kandace Bergsieker also ran well, placing second in the 100 meter sprint and the 400 meter.
“They performed well,” Chavez said. “We didn’t run our best times in some things but we really ran well.”
The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers took second place, followed by Texico in third. The Floyd girls tied Roy for fourth place.
Texico won the boys meet, followed by Tucumcari in second and Portales in third place.
“We went out and competed well,” Johnson said. “This is our third track meet in seven days. (We were) a little bit dead-legged, so with that, going out and bettering our times a little bit even though we were as tired as we were, says a little bit about our kids and they’re really starting to compete pretty well.”
Junior Jacob Brady and senior Erett Grubbs powered the Portales boys to first and third place finishes in the discus. Brady threw a 135.9, while Grubbs took third with 125.2.
Grubbs also threw a personal best in the shot put, placing fifth with a throw of 41.5.
“Right now, we’re pretty strong throwing event-wise,” Johnson said. “(We’re) pretty consistent, those guys are doing a good job.”
Johnson also noted that the Rams are nearly at the point of qualifying for all relay events.
Fort Sumner finished in fourth place, followed by Santa Rosa and Mountainair. The Floyd Broncos took 12th.
“Our confidence is pretty good and we just keep working to get better,” Chavez said.