In past years our biggest schools have done well at the state track meet in NM, especially in the distance running events. This year Gallup had virtually nobody in the top qualifying spots for any events, and Grants was down to (I think) only four athletes total. (Though in defense of Grants, this year they were moved up from Class 3A to class 4A). Instead most of my coverage of the track meet was of students from Laguna Acoma and from Kirtland Central. Both schools are on the fringes of our readership area.
In pole vault Blaine qualified in second place with a vault of 11'6". During practice he had made a couple of jumps at 12'. Today was not one of those days however, and he ended up settling for fourth place, missing out on third place because he took more attempts to clear the 11'6" height.
Jonathan Graco of Laguna Acoma had a good start to the meet, taking the 3A boys high jump championship with a leap of 6'4". Last year he won the 2A boys event with the same jump height. Tomorrow he is in a running event where he could very well take the top spot as well.
In the girls shot put event I was told to watch the girl from Kirtland Central. I did, but during the flight I began to notice that Vanessa Begay was doing a great job. So when the final round came I concentrated on both of the girls. In the end Vanessa would walk away with a second place finish, missing the title by less than one inch.