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Goddard and Artesia do well at state track and field meet

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Laura H. Brown Photo Mia Walker from NMMI in the 800 meter relay.

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.”

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  1. Curious why there is a picture of NMMI running at state track meet and a title of Goddard and Artesia do well instead of pictures of the girls who actually placed. The right thing to do would be to recognize the athletes for their hard work with a picture of all the events that had winners, including Roswell High, who placed but are not even mentioned in the headlines. Perhaps a better title would have been “Local High Schools and surrounding Areas take home medals at State TracK Meet. While I appreciate the fact that the RDR is covering Artesia now, it should not be done at the expense of excluding Roswell High School and the picture shown should reflect the schools the article is about.

    • Were you logged in? If you were logged you would have seen the slideshow pictures of the winners along with the full story and not just the lone image and a sentence. I will pass the headline suggestions to sports and thank you for your comment.

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