Albuquerque High’s Bahozhoni Church pulled out a sweep in the distance events April 29 in the APS Metro Track and Field Championships at Nusenda Community Stadium.
But while Church won the individual battle with Cleveland’s Caden Nunn, it was the Storm celebrating as a team with 116 points.
“Metro champions mean a lot to us,” said Storm sprinter Evan Wysong, the boys high-point winner with 24 points while winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes – in 10.77 and 22.07 seconds – and finishing second in the long jump (21-9.5).
“We come into this knowing we have to win or we feel like we did something wrong,” Wysong said. “Winning each event gives our team a huge amount of points and helps the team overall.”
On the girls side, La Cueva held off Rio Rancho 82-78. Cibola’s Riley Midgett, who like Wysong swept the 100 and 200, took high-point honors with 20½ points in the last major regular-season meet in the metro area.
Storm dominate relays
The Cleveland boys owned the relays, winning the 4×100 (42.67), 4×200 (1:29.84), 4×400 (3:27.44) and the grueling 4×800 (8:22).
Antonio Avila won the 110-hurdles in 15.09, edging the Rams’ Anthony Heavyrunner (15.25). RRHS’s Willie Johns was third in that event.
Heavyrunner won the 300-hurdles in 40.55, with Johns finishing second.
Nunn was second in the 800; and a guy with a rhyming last name, the Rams’ Dawson Gunn, was second in the 1600 and third in the 3200.
The Rams’ relay quartets finished second to the Storm in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and second to Academy in the medley.
Other City of Vision firsts were by the Storm’s Stratton Shufelt in the shot put (53-7.75), and the Rams’ Carter Bergsten in the pole vault (12-6).
Rio Rancho’s Devin Rice was second in the 200 and third in the 100.
Charles Sanchez of RRHS was second and teammate Cayden Romero third in the shot.
Sebastian Farrell of RRHS was third in the pole vault; CHS’s Brandon Tenorio was third in the javelin.
Now, the girls’ top 3s
Rio Rancho had two winners – Sterling Glenn in the shot put (41-11) and discus (126-2), and Gracey Lovato in the 3200 (11:39.52).
Jaylee Gandert of CHS was first in the javelin with a heft of 119-5. The Storm’s next-best finishes were second-place finishes in the 4×800 relay and Leah Futey in the 1600, where Lovato was third.
Cleveland’s Kennedy Ulmer was second in the discus, shot put and javelin.
The Storm’s Nia Mamuya was third in the 100, and Gabrielle Jones was third in the 200.
The Rams’ Esther Cameron was third in the 800 and 3200, and teammate Niquela Vallejos and Anna Jensen, respectively, were third in the javelin and shot put.
RRHS’s 4×200 relay squad finished second, and the 4×800 squad was third.
The District 1-5A meet will be held Saturday at Nusenda Community Stadium. The Class 5A state track meet takes place May 13-14 at UNM.
(Glen Rosales, Albuquerque Journal freelancer reporter, contributed to this story.)