The abbreviated 2020-21 sports season concluded last weekend at the state track and field championships at the University of New Mexico.
Each classificiation competed on a different day, with the Belen Eagles and Valencia Jaguars competing on Friday and the Los Lunas Tigers competing on Saturday with the 5A schools.
Belen finished in 13th in the girls competition with five points ,and the Belen boys finished in a tie for 18th with three points.
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers swept the boys and girls team titles.
The Los Lunas boys earned the top finish of any county team, finishing in 12th place with eight points.
The Tiger girls’ finished in 17th place with six points. Alamogordo claimed the girls state title while Cleveland took the boys title.
On Friday, the Belen girls were buoyed by the performance of their 4×400 meter relay team, which finished first in its heat and fourth overall, scoring four points for their run of 4:21.09.
The Eagles cut eight seconds off of their seed time in the finals to earn their place on the podium and won the heat by over six seconds.
Sofia Castillo was the other point scorer for the Eagle girls, finishing sixth with a time of 10:54.04 in a race that finished one lap short.
The Belen boys’ three points all came from Esteban Enriquez in the javelin.
The senior finished in fourth place and recorded a throw of 144 feet, seven inches to earn his place on the podium.
Enriquez also competed in the shot put, where he missed the podium by about a foot with his throw of 39 feet, 10 and-a-half inches.
The Jaguar girls finished in 16th with three points, all scored by javelin thrower Meadow Storms, who finished in fourth place.
Storms earned her place with a throw of 106 feet and eight inches, taking fourth by only two inches.
Storms was the top seeded thrower coming into the event, but appeared to be struggling with a wrist issue throughout the finals.
The Valencia boys did not score any points.
VHS boys competed in pole vault and high jump but failed to clear the first heights.
The Los Lunas girls scored a point in the girls 1600 sprint medley with a sixth place finish and a time of 4:33.
The Tigers added four more points in the 4×800 meter relay where they earned a fourth place finish with a time of 10:30.52.
Kylie Burgess scored the last point with a sixth place finish in the 200 meter dash, her final event as a Tiger, with a time of 26.39.
The LLHS boys had the only county state champion in Christian Griego, who won the boys shot put competition with a throw of 50 feet, 10 inches in the finals.
He earned all eight of the Tiger boys’ points, including seven of them with his throw in the shot put.
He earned the eighth point in the discus with a sixth place finish and a throw of 128 feet, nine inches.