Los Lunas High School’s girls and boys track and field teams placed fifth and sixth respectively at meets in Albuquerque on Saturday.
The Tiger boys finished in the middle of a pack of 11 schools at Wilson Stadium. With 27 points, Los Lunas edged St. Pius X by a point. Sandia won the boys event with 73 points. Manzano was second with 66, Highland third with 53, Belen fourth with 52.5 and Gallup fifth with 33.
The Tigers did not qualify anyone for the state meet, but head coach Avilio Chavez said the 400-meter relay team of sophomores Johnny Sanchez and Matt Walker and seniors Bryan Stearley and Chris Potter are getting close. “They ran their best time. We’re close to qualifying in that,” he said.
Jesus Sedillos, who previously qualified for May’s state meet in the 300 hurdles, placed second in that event in a time of 43.32 seconds. He also placed second behind Belen’s Derick Jaramillo in the triple jump. Jaramillo covered 39-feet, 5-inches. Sedillos’ best was 38-0.
Also taking second place for the Tigers was Jason Gallegos, who cleared 10-feet, 6-inches in the pole vault. Potter placed third in the 100-meter dash.
At Milne Stadium, the Lady Tigers placed in the upper half of a 10-team pool with 23 points, edging St. Pius X by three points. Manzano won the meet with 107.5 points. Gallup was second with 97, Sandia third with 48 and Highland fourth with 36.5.
Both the Los Lunas boys and girls teams are taking time off during the spring break.
“We’ve done that the last two years, and it’s worked out really well,” Chavez said. “In the past, it’s actually helped us. It gives them a chance to get their legs back under them.”
The Tiger track and field teams resume competition on Saturday, April 6, at an Albuquerque Public Schools meet.
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