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The 2011 Bulldog track and field team poses with its state championship trophy Saturday in Albuquerque. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

The 2011 Bulldog track and field team poses with its state championship trophy Saturday in Albuquerque. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

By BRIENNE GREEN
Sports Editor

There’s something to be said for perseverance.

Over the past few years, the Bulldog track and field team has flirted with hardware at the Class 4A State Meet, inching ever closer – once just a point away – from the top three but coming up short each time.

The ‘Dogs last took a souvenir home for their trophy case in 2004, when the squad claimed its second consecutive runner-up finish. And with perennial favorite Albuquerque Academy dominating the past decade, the boys in orange would have been happy with a trophy in any color.

But imagine how it felt when that color turned out to be blue.

Following sophomore Josh Gonzales’ fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at just after 2 p.m. Saturday at the Great Friends of UNM Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque, the Bulldogs found themselves with a 12-point lead over the Academy Chargers, 60 to 48. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.