Athletics prep: Cleveland boys, Los Alamos girls dominate Harper meet

Cleveland’s Antonio Avila (center) clears a hurdle during Saturday’s 300-meter hurdles. (Liam DeBonis/for the Albuquerque Journal)

The superb group of teams and athletes at the Richard A. Harper Memorial Track & Field competition drew attention to Cleveland and Los Alamos this weekend.

The Storm boys, convincingly over the Hilltoppers (116-59½), captured the boys tag team title on a chilly but otherwise enjoyable Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy. The Los Alamos girls were even more dominant, more than doubling second-placed Cleveland’s score (127½-55).

BOYS: Senior hurdler Antonio Avila was one of Cleveland’s stars on Saturday, winning both the 100-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.

In the first, he was flawless throughout and posted a personal best of 14.73 seconds. He lowered his previous record by almost two tenths of a second.

“I was hoping to take advantage of the fast lane and run faster,” Avila said. “I thought I had it in me with the fast track and good competition, it’s just about racing and competing.”

Cleveland’s Evan Wysong, one of the fastest athletes in the state, won the 200-meter title. Earlier in the program he ran second to Christian Buzzard of La Cueva in the 100 – Buzzard was awfully impressive as he posted a winning time of 10.80 seconds in the 100 but was held up from the 200 towards the end of the competition. Wysong (10.94) also beat 11 seconds in the 100m.

Cleveland also took first place in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays, and was second in the 4×200 and the Medley.

Junior Sandia Steven West continued his formidable run in the 3200m on Friday with a victory in the 1600m on Saturday. West was two seconds past Bahozhoni Church in Albuquerque High.

One of the best performances came in the 800m, with Academy senior Joaquin Deprez (1:55.26) finishing more than three seconds ahead of Sandia’s Issac Tucker Scott. The plan was for Deprez to come out hard, which he certainly did.

“We did about 400 in practice on Wednesday. At that first hundred (meters), I never wanted to see anyone again and just wanted to run my race after that,” Deprez said. He slowed down slightly in the last 200 meters, but his run was as good as anyone else all day.

Other winners in Saturday’s individual event were Reuben Johnson of Cibola in the discus and, somewhat surprisingly, Brian Talley of Eldorado in the 400 open.

Rio Rancho (50 points) placed third.

Albuquerque High School’s Dani Figueroa leads the field in the women’s 1,600-meter event on Saturday. (Liam DeBonis/for the Albuquerque Journal)

GIRLS: The Hilltoppers played a part in nearly every one of the 12 finals held on Saturday.

It started with relays. Los Alamos won all four contested on Saturday.

The Wetteland sisters, Kelly and Anna, both won individual events. Kelly rode in the 800-meter final (2:13.35), finishing eight seconds ahead of Friday’s 3,200-meter champion Leah Futey of Cleveland. Anna edged Sandia’s Francesca Federici to the line in the 400m final.

The girl who finished second to Futey in the 3,200m, talented Albuquerque High rookie Dani Figueroa, won the 1,600m title (5:12.04).

Los Alamos’ Emma Montoya pushed past Figueroa early in the bell lap and opened up a several-yard lead on the backstretch. But Figueroa pushed back the last 200 meters.

“She was kicking right here at the start of the 400 block and I was like, I can just stay behind her and try to push at the end, so that’s what I tried to do,” said Figueroa said.

La Cueva’s top hurdler, Sima Lucero, missed Harper’s meeting while she was in Atlanta on academic business for the Bears. But the team’s second-best hurdler, Analisa Ibarra, won the 100-meter hurdles. Los Alamos’ Angelina Passalacqua was the 300-meter hurdles champion.

Cibola’s Riley Midgett continues to show well in the short sprints, as the senior won the 100 and 200 meter crowns on Saturday. Los Alamos’ Nyla Lee finished second in both races.

On the disc, the only event on the court on Saturday, Kennedy Ulmer of Cleveland edged out Sterling Glenn of Rio Rancho. La Cueva, with 48 points, was the third team.

The Albuquerque Metro Championships will take place next, Thursday and Friday at Nusenda Community Stadium.


Richard A. Harper Memorial Meeting

Saturday – at Albuquerque Academy


Team Scores (Day 2): Cleveland 116, Los Alamos 59.5, Rio Rancho 50, Albuquerque Academy 48.5, La Cueva 44.5, Hope Christian 32, Sandia 30, Eldorado 29, Volcano Vista 26, Albuquerque High 15 ,5, Cibola 15, Santa Fe 5, Sandia Prep 4, Highland 4, West Mesa 4, Valley 1.

Individual: 4×100—1, Cleveland, 42.12; 2, La Cueva, 42.39. 110HH-1, Antonio Avila, Cleveland, 14.73; 2, Kidus Tekle, Hope Christian, 15.06. 100-1, Christian Buse, La Cueva, 10.80; 2, Evan Wysong, Cleveland, 10.94. 1600—1, Steven West, Sandia, 4:18.24; 2, Bahozhoni Church, Albuquerque High, 4:20.28. 4×200—1, Rio Rancho, 1:29.30; 2, Cleveland, 1:30.03. 400-1, Brian Talley, El Dorado, 51.33; 2, Alexander Pasulka, Los Alamos, 51.62. 300IH-1, Antonio Avila, Cleveland, 39.21; 2, Anthony Heavyrunner, Rio Rancho, 39.49. 800-1, Joaquin Deprez, Albuquerque Academy, 1:55.26; 2, Isaac Tucker Scott, Sandia, 1:58.53. 1600 Medley—1, Los Alamos, 3:39.55; 2, Cleveland, 3:40.42. 200-1, Evan Wysong, Cleveland, 22.01; 2, Melaki Gutierrez, Los Alamos, 22.15. 4×400—1, Cleveland, 3:26.33; 2, El Dorado, 3:29.76. Disc—1, Ruben Johnson, Cibola, 149-8; 2, Daniel Campos, Volcano Vista, 140-7.


Team Scores (Day 2): Los Alamos 127.5, Cleveland 55, La Cueva 48, Rio Rancho 43, Cibola 40, Albuquerque Academy 37, Volcano Vista 36, ​​Hope Christian 26, Sandia 16, Albuquerque High 14, Eldorado 13, Santa Fe 11, Valencia 9, Belen 3, Atrisco Heritage 2.5, Los Lunas 2, Del Norte 2.

Individual: 4×100—1, Los Alamos, 49.31; 2, Cibola, 50.27. 100HH—1, Analisa Ibarra, La Cueva, 16.25; 2, Trinity Court, Cibola, 17.21. 100—1, Riley Midgett, Cibola, 12.47; 2, Nyla Lee, Los Alamos, 12.64. 1600—1, Dani Figueroa, Albuquerque High, 5:12.04; 2, Delaney Ulrich, Los Alamos, 5:12.61. 4×200—1, Los Alamos, 1:43.08; 2, Cibola, 1:45.77. 400—1, Anna Wetteland, Los Alamos, 59.54; 2, Francesca Federici, Sandia, 59.99. 300IH-1, Angelina Passalacqua, Los Alamos, 47.48; 2, Jaelyn Bates, Volcano Vista, 47.79. 800—1, Kelly Wetteland, Los Alamos, 2:13.35; 2, Leah Futey, Cleveland, 2:21.42. 1600 Medley—1, Los Alamos, 4:22.88; 2, La Cueva, 4:24.36. 200—1, Riley Midgett, Cibola, 25.59; 2, Nyla Lee, Los Alamos, 25.74. 4×400—1, Los Alamos, 4:05.88; 2, Hope Christian, 4:11.11. Disc—1, Kennedy Ulmer, Cleveland, 121-10; 2, Sterling Glenn, Rio Rancho, 117-6.

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