ALBUQUERQUE — Hannah Cabledue came through big-time for the Portales Lady Rams.
Seeded No. 1 going in, Cabledue broke her own school record and nearly set a Class 3A girls mark on Saturday in winning pole vault competition at 10 feet even.
With the win already salted away, Cabledue had the bar set at 10-3 1/2, trying to break the record of 10-3, only to come up short. District 4-3A rival Ryann Flack of Ruidoso was second at 9-6.
“She’s handled (the pressure) well,” Lady Rams coach Sandie Schillings said of Cabledue’s No. 1 status, established when she went 9-6 at the Ross Black Relays in Lovington in early May. “That was nice for her to get first place. She’s worked hard to get it.”
Cabledue accounted for seven of the Lady Rams’ 17 team points as PHS finished in a tie for ninth with Pojoague. Taos won both divisions of the meet, running away with the boys side with 95 points to 69 for St. Michael’s and finishing with 71 in girls competition to slip past Sandia Prep (67).
Other points for the Lady Rams on Saturday came from sophomore Sheraya Cox, sixth in the 200 in 26.86, and the 1,600 relay team of freshmen Taryn Kizer and Sophie Cissell, eighth-grader Kelly Fraze and Cox, who ran a season-best 4:16.15 for fourth place.
The PHS boys finished with 12 points for 11th place.
Junior Michael Nichols led the way on Saturday, placing fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.23 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (40.63), while senior Matthew Shelly was sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.45).
The 1,600 medley relay team of Jaime Sotelo, Cruz Belden, Miguel Garza and Shelly finished fifth in 3:50.19, while the 1,600 relay team of David Viera, Kobi Schillings, Henry Sorrano and Nichols also placed fifth in 3:30.41.
“It was a good day,” Rams coach Glenn Johnson said. “The guys that (competed) in other events had personal-bests, and you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Other boys champions were Rio Rancho Cleveland in Class 5A and Farmington in Class 4A for the boys, and Eldorado in 5A and Aztec in 4A for the girls.