Lady Cats finish second at Hereford meet

CNJ staff

HEREFORD —Clovis High’s girls gathered up six first-place finishes over the weekend to take second place in the two-day Hereford Invitational track meet.

Meantime, the Clovis boys were fifth with 76 points.

The Lady Wildcats earned 157 points to trail Canyon Randall (194 1/2) in a six-team competition. They scored in everything on the track except the hurdles races.

“I’m real proud,” Lady Cats coach Mike Hankins said. “We talked about competing better this week, and the kids came out and competed really hard.”

Senior Sasha Smith-Pollard won the 100 in 12.37 seconds while finishing second in the 400 in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.08. Also, junior Sara Lucero won the 200, sophomore Samantha Meza took the 1,600 and junior Shelby Jones took shot put with a state-qualifying mark of 38 feet, 4 inches.

The Lady Cats also won the 400 and 800 relays in times of 51.53 seconds and 1:51.06, respectively.

“That’s the first time Sara has won the 200,” Hankins said. “She’s just running really well for us.”

Hankins said he moved some people around for the meet.

“We did some different things this week,” he said. “Sasha (qualifying) in the quarter gives her three events already qualified. We had kids all over doing some really good things.”

On the boys side, Plainview took team honors with 136 points in an eight-team competition.

The Wildcats qualified pole vaulters Hector Torres and Kaine Bender, both of whom went 12 feet to finish third and fourth overall.

The only win for the boys came in the 800 relay, where Steven Beckham, Tucker Dobbs, Kamal Cass and Micah Gray posted a time of 1:33.04.

Boys coach Darren Kelley said the wind impacted everybody, especially on Saturday.

“The kids did a great job of competing,” he said. “We didn’t have great times, but the wind had a lot to do with that.

“That’s two weeks in a row we’ve gong to two-day meets (they competition in the Amarillo Relays a week ago). Our times weren’t as good as they should’ve been, but the wind was a factor in that.”

Kelley said the Cats’ times rank them at or near the top in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays. They have the top time in the state in the 1,600 and rank No. 2 early on in the other two races.

“State-wise, we’re going to be competitive and be where we need to be down the road,” Kelley said.

Clovis teams will participate in the Ron Singleton Invitational on Thursday, hosted by Carlsbad.