Moriarty, East Mountain, Manzano shine at state track championships

Pinto Caleb Flaming gets gold medal

East Mountain's Marissa Case on the podium after her fourth-place finish. Photo courtesy of Phil Keller.

Moriarty’s Caleb Flaming snared a gold medal for the boys, the Lady Pintos finished fifth on the strength of its relay races, and East Mountain had a good showing at the 4A-6A state track and field championships.

The event was held May 11 and 12 at the University of New Mexico.

The Lady Pintos got 40 points while the boys team finished sixth with 34 points. East Mountain’s boys and girls teams finished 19th and 14th, respectively.

The Moriarty girls 4×100-meter team of Alyssa Adams, Chloe Rector, Sowelu Lottimer and Bailey Bennett claimed a silver medal (50.91) while the same quartet finished fourth in the 4×200 (1:47.23). Substituting Ashley Strader for Lottimer in the 4×400, that quartet finished second as well (4:10).

Strader got bronze in the long jump (16’7.75”), as did Stephanie Ordoñez in the high jump (5’) and Lottimer in the pole vault (8’6”).

Hope Bennett also got sixth in the pole vault (8’6”), Tyla Ware was fifth in discus (102’2”) and Rector was fourth in 300 hurdles (47.88).

Lydia Schmutz was fourth in javelin (109’11”).

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For the boys team, Marvin Encinias was fifth (42’1.25”)— behind gold-medal winner Flaming (44’2.75”) in the triple jump—but also got silver in the long jump (21’11.25”). Encinias also teamed up with John Biscamp, Santi Summers and Matt Soto for second in the 4×100 (43.89) and was a part of the 4×200 (1:31.66) and 4×400 (3:28.42) teams which got third.

East Mountain brought four qualifiers to state; all scored.

Elias Padilla was sixth in the boys 400-meter dash (51.27). In the process, Padilla set two personal records, one in the qualifying round and another in the final.

Elias Padilla after his sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Photo courtesy of Phil Keller.

Marissa Case earned her first all-state honor, finishing fourth in the girls 3,200 (12:33). Rubie Trotter was fifth in the 800-m (2:26.23) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:49), with Amelia Johnson right behind her in the 800 to finish sixth (2:26.49). Both Trotter and Johnson set personal records in the process.

For Manzano, Jordan Byrd tied the state record of 10.50 seconds when he won the 6A 100-meter dash. He also won the 200 (22.21), while teammate Isaac Cole won the 400 (48.59). The Manzano boys also won the 4×200 (1:27) and the 4×100 (41.47).