Portales looks for solid Saturday at state track

Staff report

ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams didn’t score a lot of points on Friday in the Class 3A state track meet at the University of New Mexico’s track facility, but with a combined 14 events lined up for today they have hopes of doing some damage.

The PHS girls finished the day with five points on a fourth by sophomore Amanda Schmidt in shot put and a fifth by sophomore Sheraya Cox in long jump, while the boys’ lone tally came when junior Paul Conrow placed sixth in high jump.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero Portales freshman Taryn Kizer receives the handoff from junior Brenda Calderon to begin the third leg of the girls 400 relay prelimianry on Friday morning in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque. The Lady Rams qualified fifth for today’s finals with a time of 51.24 seconds.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Portales freshman Taryn Kizer receives the handoff from junior Brenda Calderon to begin the third leg of the girls 400 relay prelimianry on Friday morning in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque. The Lady Rams qualified fifth for today’s finals with a time of 51.24 seconds.

“I was pleased with how our kids performed today,” Rams coach Glenn Johnson said. “We ended up with a lot of personal bests, and that’s what you’re looking for at the end of the season.”

Conrow went 6 feet to take sixth place in high jump. Meantime, the Rams have junior David Viera competing at 8 a.m. today in javelin.

On the track, seniors Michael Nichols and Matthew Shelly qualified fourth and sixth, respectively, on Friday in the 100 hurdles while Nichols was fourth in the 300 hurdles. The Rams also qualified their 800, 1,600 medley and 1,600 relays for today’s finals.

“We’re hoping to have two on the (awards) podium for the 100 hurdles, and Michael in the 300,” Johnson said. “Right now, we’re just as excited as heck to get in some finals and see how many we can get on the podium.”

For the Lady Rams, Schmidt posted a throw of 31 feet, 10 1/2 inches in shot put while Cox went 15-7 1/2 in long jump.

Today, sophomore Hannah Cabledue enters pole vault competition as the 3A leader at 9-6, while freshman Olivia Austin is also qualified in the event.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero Ram senior Jamie Sotelo starts the second leg of the boys 400 relay prelim Friday morning during the 2014 NMAA state track and field championships at the the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Ram senior Jamie Sotelo starts the second leg of the boys 400 relay prelim Friday morning during the 2014 NMAA state track and field championships at the the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

On the track, senior Kate Thomas runs the 3,200  while Cox qualified eighth on Friday for today’s finals in the 100. The Lady Rams also finished fifth in the 400 relay and seventh in the 1,600 relay in Friday’s prelims.

“It was good experience for some of our young kids in the relays today,” Lady Rams coach Sandie Schillings said. “We have a real good chance (to score) with our relays, and with Sheraya, and Hannah has a good chance in pole vault.”

With five events completed, St. Michael’s leads 3A boys competition with 25 points to 18 for Taos, while Silver and Taos share the girls lead with 15 points apiece.