Leader & Times staff report
LIBERAL — Strong individual finishes in the 200-meter dash, the hurdles and the middle distance relays were enough to lift the Liberal Redskin boys to the title of the 5-State Relays Friday at Redskin Field.
Isaac Gallegos won the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.31 seconds, a little more than half-a-second ahead of Scott City’s Dalton Smith. Christian Torres took ninth and Archie Mills 15th.
Hooker’s Joe Bean won the 100-meter dash in 11.37 seconds, just a hundredth of a second faster than Scott City’s Smith. Torres was seventh and Mills eighth in the 100.
Rogelio Martinez of Southwestern Heights won the 400-meter dash, about a second ahead of Liberal’s Gallegos. Hooker’s Ryan Williams was third.
Fidel Muñoz of Liberal was second in the 800, Hooker’s Ethan Neal third and David Perez fifth. Joey Meyer of Scott City won the event in 2:04.65.
Perez took fourth in the 1600 and won the 3200.
Liberal dominated the hurdles, with Adebayo Braimah and Trenton Hammond going 1-2 in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Braimah’s winning time in the 300 was 40.46 seconds and Hammond finished in 41.25 seconds. Braimah ran 15.45 in the 110 and Hammond 15.85.
Southwestern Heights took second in the 4x100-meter relay, Liberal was third and Hooker fourth.
But the Redskins dominated in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The 4x400 team of Braimah, Michael Serna, Alejandro Avila and Gallegos won in 3:32.24. Hooker took third.
The 4x800 team of Alan Grejeda, Avila, Erix Minjarez and Muñoz was first in 8:44.64, which was four seconds ahead of second place Hooker. Heights took fourth.
Wilson and Cathey were second and third in the high jump, Cody Smith took second in the pole vault, and Southwestern Heights’ Ben Johnsrud won the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 9.75-inches. Cathey was sixth in that event.
Cathey won the triple jump with a leap of 40-feet, 11-inches and Wilson was fifth, while Justin McPhail was second in the shot and fifth in the discus. Hooker’s Bradley Rider was third in the shot and Liberal’s Nathan Ingram was fourth.
James Abla of Southwestern Heights was fourth in the discus and Liberal’s Zac Berrens placed sixth.
Johnsrud won the javelin throw with a throw of 168-feet, 1-inch. Liberal’s Slader McVey was second and Berrens third.
• In girls’ action, Perryton’s Rangerettes dominated with 200 team points to second place Dodge City’s 92.5. Southwestern Heights was third in the team standings.
For Heights, Tatianna Chandler was second in the 100-meter dash and Kyndra Friend fifth. Isabel Chavez was fifth in the 200-meter dash and Chandler won the 400 in 1:00.06. Kim Francis of Liberal was sixth in the 400.
Francis also took fifth in the 800, followed by teammates Holly Hinkle in sixth and Destiny Hall in seventh.
Destyni Lucero of Liberal was third in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs, while Hinkle was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Southwestern Heights 4x100 relay team of Friend, Heidi Brown, Jackie Loya and Nayelly LaPoint was third, while the Heights 4x400 relay team of Tiana Couch, Loya, LaPoint and Chandler took fourth.
The Liberal 4x800 relay team of Francis, Hinkle, McKenzie Wright and Katie Moree took fourth.
Kimberely Gastelum of Heights was fourth in the pole vault, while Liberal’s McKenzie Wright was fifth in the long jump.
Chandler won the triple jump from Southwestern Heights, while Liberal’s Caitlin Bauer won both the shot put and discus. Bauer throw 38-feet, 2-inches in the shot and 124-feet, 10-inches in the discus. Brown of Heights was second in the shot and Liberal’s Betheny Thompson third.
Brown took third in the discus, but won the javelin throw with a toss of 128-feet, 2-inches. Bauer was fifth in the javelin.