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Dexter Demon thinclads win 3A state track title

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Picutred are members of the Dexter Demons track team with their first ever state title. (Submitted Photo)

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Forgive Dexter head track coach Evan Nevarez if he feels like he’s dreaming for the next few days. Saturday the Demon boys took first place at the 3A state track meet in Albuquerque.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Nevarez said.

 

The Demons amassed 75 points to take home the blue trophy. The Eunice Cardinals finished second with 54 points, Tucumcari was third with 42 points, Cottonwood Classical was fourth with 41 points and Pecos and Santa Fe Prep tied for fifth with 38 points.

“This is the first state championship,” said Nevarez who’s been Dexter’s track coach since 2009. “Last year we were state runners-up and the two previous years we were third. We’ve been on the cusp of coming through. Eunice is a tough, tough team and they were talented and loaded from top to bottom. My hat’s off to the Eunice Cardinals, Tucumcari Rattlers and Santa Fe Prep. Our boys showed up today (Saturday).”

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Nevarez feels that junior Gustavo Macias was the catalyst the Demons needed.

“He was the highpoint medal individual at the state track meet with 29 points,” Nevarez said. “He won the pole vault, the long jump and he won the 100 and 200 (meter runs). Most importantly our relay (teams) were able to come through and finish in the top two in every relay. That gave us the confidence with the points necessary to come out ahead of everybody.”

The Demons appear to be loaded for next year.

“Last year we got state runner-up by six points and we were all sophomores,” Nevarez said. “Nick Cobos and his leadership. Gustavo Macias with his commitment and dedication. Sergio Ramirez coming in and helping us out and he does dual sports (track and field and baseball) and it’s tough because you’ve got to find time to get your conditioning in and your timing in. He came in and helped us out.”

The Dexter Lady Demons finished seventh with 31.33 points.

“We compete hard in everything we ran in,” Nevarez said.

Santa Fe Prep won the 3A girls’ title with 74 points. Captain was second with 62 points and Tularosa was third with 51 points.

The Hagerman Bobcats and Lady Bobcats were runners-up in 2A. Last year the girls finished fourth.

Cloudcroft won the ladies title with 66 points and Hagerman had 64 points. Logan took third with 60 points. Fort Sumner was fourth and Gateway Christian was fifth with 38 points.

On the boys’ side, the Bobcats took first last year. This year they lost out to Fort Sumner as the Foxes had 116 points. Hagerman had 55 points. Moutainair, Escalante and Jal finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Gateway Christian came in at No. 14.

Melrose won the 1A girls’ title with 111 points. Lake Arthur came in at No. 15 and Reserve won the boys’ trophy with 78.50 points. Lake Arthur finished at No. 15.

 

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