The Los Lunas track and field team came out victorious on Friday, June 4, at Belen High School where the Eagles hosted the Jim Burke Invitational which featured all three county teams.

A BHS sprinter runs in the 100m.

Los Lunas finished first, followed by Belen with the field rounded out by Valencia on both the boys and girls sides. The Los Lunas boys won with a score of 218, with second place Belen scoring 144.5. Valencia’s boys scored 48.5.

On the girls side, the Tigers score of 167 was good for first, followed by the Eagles with 140 and Valencia with 94.

Los Lunas sprinter Kylie Burgess was among those to put up a provisional qualifying time with a run in the 100m dash of 12.80. Burgess also ran the 800m, one of her signature events, and ran it in 2:50.91, a time that would’ve been good for fourth place in an event dominated by the Tigers, who took the top three spots.

Valencia’s Meadow Storms, one of the top girls javelin throwers in the state, continued her dominance with a throw of 123’02”, which was nearly 20 feet farther than second place Tayden Hanks of LLHS, who came in at 104’.

Christian Griego of LLHS won multiple events, taking first in both the discus and the shot put with distances of 137’02” and 45’05”, respectively.

Belen’s sprinters were a highlight for the team as the Eagles three of the top four places in the boys 100m. Evert Tuttle led the group with a first place finish and a time of 11.51.

The girls 200m was another strong event for BHS, taking places two through four, with Morgan Sanchez of Valencia finishing first.

A Valencia runner leads the way during a heat of the 100 meter dash

With the state championships looming, all three teams will meet again on Friday, June 11, this time at Valencia for the Jaguar Invite. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

The state championships for 4A, when Belen and Valencia will compete, are scheduled for Friday, June 25. Los Lunas will compete the next day, Saturday, June 26. Both competitions will be held at the UNM soccer and track complex.

This year the competitions are spread out over a week in order to minimize contact, with each classification competing on a separate day.

Cameron Goeldner grew up in Boulder, Colo., and attended the University of New Mexico. He covers everything sports for all Valencia County schools.