The Goddard Rockets and Lady Rockets scored some more championships on the final day of the 5A state track meet Saturday at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Junior Destiny Lawrence took first in the 100, 200 and 400-meter runs with times of 12.46, 25.65 and 58.12 respectively. She also took sixth in the long jump.
“I did my best,” Lawrence said. “I went out there and fought and gave it my all. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and competition for pushing me out there.”
Goddard head coach Chris Deck feels Lawrence was a spark for the Lady Rockets this season.
“Interesting thing about Destiny, is she went undefeated this year in all races, including the Sepulvada Meet of Champions against all classes,” said Deck.
That track and field meet is held every April in Albuquerque and it has been known to attract some of the top athletes in New Mexico, no matter what grade they’re in.
Fellow Lady Rocket and junior Bailey Beene took second in the javelin. For the boys, Jonathan Flores won the state title in the shot put and discus throws and senior Diego Miranda took third in the 200-meter run and seventh in the 100-meter run.
“Great overall meet for Goddard with five state championships, a second place, third place and sixth place. Really proud of the kids and an honor to work with them,” said Deck.
Overall Goddard placed 11th in the boys standings and seventh in the girls category with 18 and 27 points respectively. Albuquerque Academy won the boys and girls titles with 83 and 79 points. Artesia came in second in boys’ competition with 49 points.
Bulldog junior Kale Mauritsen won first place in the long jump, 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, pole vault and 4×200 meter relay. He placed fourth in the 200-meter run.
The Artesia girls took tenth with 17.50.
“Proud of all the effort our kids put in,” said Artesia head coach Matt Conn.
The Roswell Coyotes came in 10th with 20 points and the Lady Coyotes finished 17th with five points.
Maddie Francis took sixth in the high jump for the Lady Coyotes. The 1600-meter medley relay team of Jalen Baca, Maddie Francis, Kaitlyn Holl and Maritsa Alvarez took fourth.
For the Coyotes, Jasia Reese took first in the high jump. Victor Bolanos placed fifth in the shot put. Ethan Valenzuela came in fifth in the javelin. Robert Sedillo was fifth in the 400-meter dash and the 1600-meter relay team of Travis Curtis, Reese, Joel Sanchez and Robert Sedillo came in sixth.
“Injury and illness cost some serious places,” said Tim Fuller head coach. “But, overall we are very happy with our athletes as most had their best season this weekend.”