Published: 1:45 pm, Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018Updated: 1:44 pm
The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs made the short trek to the Alien City after having their intended Artesia Special Qualifier cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and proceeded to deliver a one-two punch, respectively.
In addition to winning the meet, the Artesia girls also picked up one new state qualification and four re-qualifications, while Bulldog junior Kale Mauritsen requalified in four events for the boys.
Lady ‘Dog freshman Sadi Butler earned her first qualification of the season in the 100-meter hurdles with a first-place time of 16.03. The time was also a few tenths of a second behind the school record in the event, which is currently held by her mother, Jessica Arenivas, a teacher at Park Junior High.
Coming in second in the 100 hurdles with a requalifying time of 16.62 was sophomore Elliot Harrison. Harrison also requalified in the high jump with a second-place height of 5’, while juniors Paityn Houghtaling and Rylee Peak requalified in the javelin and discus respectively.
Houghtaling’s first-place throw of 117’3” was a personal best, and Peak also topped the field with a throw of 104’7.5”
Mauritsen, meanwhile, bettered his previous qualifying mark in the boys’ pole vault by one foot with a first-place, 14-foot vault Thursday. The junior also bettered his time in the 110 hurdles with a first-place 15.32 and requalified with top finishes in the 300 hurdles (40.15) and long jump (21’2”), as well.
Bulldog senior Joe Willingham was just .12 of a second away from qualification in the 110 hurdles in Roswell with a third-place time of 16.32, and the girls’ 400-meter relay team was just over a second off the mark with a first-place 52.72.
Willingham topped the field in the triple jump with a leap of 41’3.5”, as did Eliazar Granillos in the 1600 run (5:03.05), Issac Lopez in the 800 run (2:09.53), and the 1600-meter relay team (3:34.88).
On the girls’ side, the Lady Bulldogs swept the top three in the pole vault (Kristin Bruton, 1st, 8’; Madilyn Moon, 2nd, 7’6”; and Emma Gallegos, 3rd, 6’6”), the shot put (Nevaeh Hernandez, 1st, 32’; Barbie Lucero, 2nd, 31’2”; and Brecklie Gray, 3rd, 29’11”), and the 3200-meter run (Michaela Phipps, 1st, 12:50.98; Joslyn Madrid, 2nd, 14:38.27; and Kimberlee Bennett, 3rd, 14:57.33).
The Artesia girls locked up the top two placements in the 800-meter run (Lexi Montgomery, 1st, 2:48.65; and Yamile Renteria, 2nd, 2:57.49), the 300 hurdles (Harrison, 1st, 51.08; and Butler, 2nd, 51.11), the triple jump (Stacia Martinez, 1st, 30’10.25”; and Camerin Molina, 2nd, 30’8.5”), and the 200-meter dash (Riley Wortley, 1st, 29.54; and Martinez, 2nd, 29.63), and also got a top finish from the 1600-meter relay team (4:40.69).
The Artesia tracksters will next head to the George Love Relays in Portales Friday before traveling to the Ruidoso Invitational April 13 and hosting the Artesia Invite April 20.