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ALBUQUERQUE — There weren’t very many surprises last Saturday at the Class 5A boys’ state track & field championships, held at the UNM track complex.
Cleveland High School captured the blue trophy for the fifth year in a row, marking the ninth time in the last 10 seasons coach Kenny Henry’s guys have had more than enough to earn a state team title. Volcano Vista in 2015, ironically coached by a man named Shane Cleveland, is the only other team to win a title since 2012, when Henry began taking the Storm to prominence.
“Every guy was there to do what they could for our team’s cause,” Henry said. “They all have so much pride in each other and our school. An unforgettable group of guys.”
The Storm finished with 132 points, a comfortable 60.5 points ahead of runner-up La Cueva. Rio Rancho also brought home a trophy, finishing third with a score of 68, in the 19-team field.
Here are the names and events in which the city’s boys teams were among the top-six finishers; only the top six received points, with times/distances listed for the top three finishers.
Cleveland High School
The Storm had five individual state champs and three championship relay teams.
The Storm’s 4×100 relay quartet set a state record, circling the quarter-mile track in 41.88 seconds. The Rams were second with a time of 42.1 seconds.
Cleveland’s 4×400 relay team was first in 3:22.79, as was the 4×800 relay squad, competing in a new event this season, in 8:17.97.
The Storm’s 4×200 relay team was second (1:28.8); their medley relay squad was third (3:42.94).
Individually, Luke Wysong — among the winning 4×100 relay foursome — was the 100-meter dash winner, with a time of 10.55.
By meet’s end, he was the boys’ high-point guy, which came as no surprise to many, among them his coach.
“Our success came from everyone and everywhere. I know for me, that is what is so great about this win,” Henry said. “We say all the time, that when we all compete at our best on the same day, it will be very difficult for a team to beat us.”
Also for the Storm:
• Andrew Ortega was the 400-meter dash champ, with a time of 50.48;Wysong was fifth.
• Antonio Avila won the 110-meter high hurdles (15.05), was second (39.29) in the 300-hurdles and sixth in the long jump.
• Jason Gray was the discus champ, flinging it 157 feet, 7 inches.
• Tyler Jenson won the javelin, hefting it 192-7.
• Wysong was second in the 200 (22.09) and second in the long jump (23-2.25), shortly after he set a state record. That glory ended when La Cueva’s Brad Thomas eclipsed that record with a leap of 23-4.25 to win the event.
• Caden Nunn was third in the 800 (1:59.78).
• Chris Humetewa was third (9:52.11) and Ricardo Rael was fifth in the 3,200-meter run.
• Humetewa was third (4:31.95), Natias Rael was fourth and Jonathan Fragua was sixth in the 1,600-meter run.
• Jeff Davison (158) was third in the javelin, where Gray was fifth.
• Charles Sanchez was third in the shot put, where Stratton Shufelt was fifth.
• David Murphy was fourth in the 100.
• Evan Wysong was fourth in the long jump.
Rio Rancho High School
The Rams, still seeking their first team title in the sport, had one individual champion and a first-place relay team. But third has been the Rams’ best finish since they were runners-up in 2015, which followed a third-place finish in 2014.
• RRHS won the 4×200 relay (1:28.55), was second (42.1) in the 4×100, third (3:28.48) in the 4×400 relay and fourth (8:30.48) in the 4×800 relay.
• Dawson Gunn won the 1,600-meter run in 4:30.62, and was second (9:48.41) in the 3,200.
• Anthony Heavyrunner was .01 second behind Avila, finishing second, in the 110-hurdles, and then right behind Avila again, finishing third (40.32), in the 300-hurdles.
• Cayden Romero was second (49-9) in the shot put.
• Elijah Figueroa was third in the 200 (22.54).
• Tommy Lujan was third (10.94) in the 100.
• Donavyn Culkin was fourth in the triple jump.
• Fabiano Valdez was fifth in the shot.
• Cebastian Marquez was sixth in the 3,200, and Tristan Anderson was sixth in the javelin.