By the time of the mile relays, the wind chill had plummeted down to 11 degrees. The chilly weather served as an antithesis of a late spring track meet.
Alas, the show had to go on.
Enduring through the cold elements was the Sunray Middle School track and field teams, who braved the chilly elements at the District 1-2A Junior High Track Meet, held on March 6 at Bobcat Stadium.
When the dust settled and the lights – which had to come on toward the end of the meet – were turned off, the Sunray seventh grade girls had claimed a district title with a final score of 173 points.
The 8th Ladycats placed third at the meet, while the seventh and eighth grade boys completed the meet with a fifth place showings on the final team leaderboard.
West Texas Middle School won the seventh grade boys’ division, while Sanford-Fritch won the eight grade boys’ division. Gruver topped the team standings on the eighth grade girls’ side of the meet.
With the conclusion of the track meet came the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Sunray Junior High athletics schedule.
Anna Strickland placed a huge part in the 7th Ladycats’ success, topping the competition in the 2400-meter run with a time of 10:15.00. Anna also placed second in the 400-meter dash and finishing second in the pole vault competition.
Arianna Gallegos contributed heavily, as well, claiming first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 3:00.22 and winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:57.50.
Gallegos and Strickland, with the help of Mariela Lechuga and Mackenzie Stokes, also won the 4x400-meter relay with at time of 5:03.72.
Lechuga also fared well in her allotted events, recording a third place finish in the 200-meter dash, taking second in the high jump and tabbing a fourth place spot in the pole vault.
Mira Sanchez bested her opponents in the shot put, launching the silver sphere for a distance of 28 feet, 11 inches. Maryn Hatfield also competed in the event, placing fifth.
Daisy Anderson led the way in the 100-meter dash, finishing second. Anderson then finished fifth in the 200-meter dash and helped Sunray (alongside Nina Vasquez, Jordan Stephens and Lechuga) to a fourth place finish. Daisy also posted a fourth place finish in the discus.
Mackenzie Stokes took second in the 300-meter hurdles, and recorded a fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Stokes also recorded a third place spot in the discus throw and third place in the triple jump.
Leah Vargas turned in a fourth place finish in the 1600-meter run, and a fifth place spot in the high jump. Ady Perez took third place in the pole vault, a fourth place showing in the 300-meter hurdles and a sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
Perez also competed in the 4x100-meter relay with Vasquez, Emma Rangel and Vargas, placing sixth in the race.
Jordan Stephens placed in multiple events, placing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and in the long jump. Emma Rangel took sixth in the 100-meter dash, while Allona Makhanu finished sixth in the discus.
Ella Strickland delivered a series of strong performances for the 8th Ladycats, winning the 200-meter dash (time of 28.37 seconds), the 100-meter hurdles (time of 15.99 seconds), the 300-meter hurdles (51.65 seconds) and pole vault (clearing the height of eight feet). Ella also placed second in the triple jump.
Kyah Morton was a big help for Sunray, as well, winning the shot put with a distance of 31 feet, nine inches and topping the field in the discus throw with a distance of 82 feet, one inch.
McKenna Zerby placed in multiple events, beginning with helping the Ladycats to a second place finish in the 4x200-meter relay alongside Julissa Rivera, Diana Gallegos and Blakely Slatic. McKenna then tabbed fourth in the 400-meter dash, and took sixth in the 100-meter dash.
Julissa then placed fifth in the 400-meter dash, while Crystal Chavez earned a fifth place spot in the 300-meter hurdles. Marisol Zuniga recorded a fifth place spot in the discus throw, while Blakely finished sixth in the long jump.
Julian Espino paced the 8th Bobcats, winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:29.58 and the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:13.00. Germain Casares won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.56 seconds, while Cutter Lust claimed first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.21 seconds.
Walker McGaughy placed second in the discus throw, finishing with a distance of 102 feet, two inches.
The 8th Bobcats also finished third in the 4x200-meter relay, with a team comprised of Cesares, Lust, Samuel Mendoza and Jimmy Dominguez. Sunray then placed fifth in the 4x400-meter relay with a team of Dominguez, Espino, Lust and Mendoza.
The 4x100-meter relay team took sixth in their respective race, made up of Jared Baker, Jaime Hernandez, Wyatt McGaughy and Gus Shirley.
Jimmy then took fifth in the pole vault, followed by Cutter’s sixth place finish in the long jump.
The 4x200-meter relay team led the way for the 7th Bobcats, with a team made up of Tanner Van Dyk, Jose Flores, Nathan Marquez and Jonathan Ochoa. Together, they recorded a time of 1:59.15.
The 4x100-meter relay team – comprised of Eric Mendoza, Colton McDowell, Van Dyk and Tyler West – finished in fifth place.
Jose took third place in the 200-meter dash and placed sixth in the long jump and in the pole vault, as Tyler tabbed fifth in the 100-meter dash. Nathan also took sixth place in the 400-meter dash.
Govan Derma put up a third place finish in the triple jump, and a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Colton McDowell finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, recorded a fifth place spot in the 110-meter hurdles and finished sixth in the high jump.
Alan Alcantar placed in two events, taking fourth in the 2400-meter run and settling for sixth place in the 1600-meter run.
District 1-2A Junior High Track Meet
1. West Texas 213
2. Stratford 170.83
3. Gruver 66
4. Vega 60
5. Sunray 59.83
6. Sanford-Fritch 40.3
7. Boys Ranch 0
1. Sunray 173
2. Gruver 150
3. Stratford 106
4. Vega 94
5. Sanford-Fritch 56
6. West Texas 29
7. Boys Ranch 0
1. Sanford- Fritch 143
2. Stratford 136.5
3. Gruver 122.5
4. Vega 83.5
5. Sunray 79.5
6. West Texas 32
7. Boys Ranch 21
1. Gruver 147
2. Vega 99
3. Sunray 96
4. Sanford- Fritch 79
5. Stratford 71
6. West Texas 57
7. Boys Ranch 39