Yucca wins Roadrunner Classic, but Berrendo close behind
Four Roswell middle schools and two from Clovis finally got to compete in the oft-delayed Roadrunner Classic Friday, and while Clovis Yucca took the titles on both the boys and girls sides, Berrendo came away with strong second place finishes.
The meet was originally scheduled for March 8, but bad weather forced a postponement that day, then, after being reset for April 12, organizers with the Roswell schools decided to combine the mid school meet with the high school meet set for Friday the 13th.
And while that made for a long day, it gave the young runners, jumpers and throwers something different to check out.
“It’s been a long meet but it’s been a good meet,” said Berrendo girls coach John Masterson. “Our kids got an opportunity to watch the high school players compete and I think it was very beneficial to our kids.”
Yucca had a solid 108 points to take the title, but the Bulldogs finished with a respectable 76, even though Masterson combined both seventh and eighth graders.
“It was seventh and eighth grade and we got a lot of help from our seventh graders. I was pleased with everybody,” he said.
While he said everyone “did great. They all ran fantastic,” he picked out seventh grader Cierra Saavedra and eighth graders Kaylie Price and Christina Sedillo.
“Just fantastic runners. They really did great in their events,” he said.
Saavedra finished second in the 800-meter run, while Price took first in the 400-meter dash and second in the 400, with Sedillo second in the 400 and fourth in the 200. Bulldog E. Sorg won the 1,600-meter run and Brooke Bates took the high jump title.
Marshall finished third on the girls side, but Sierra, Mesa and Mountain View had a battle to the final race, with Sierra getting fourth with 41 points; Mesa fifth with 40; and Mountain View sixth with 37.
Sierra’s highest finish was a second by the 1,600-meter medley relay. The Panther 1,600-meter relay finished first, with Myka Olivas getting second in the 100, and the Mustangs got two first-place finishes from Lori Martinez, in the 100 and 200, with the 400-meter relay finishing second.
The top two places were much closer on the boys side.
While Yucca led with 98 points, Berrendo was only five points back with 93.
“I feel great. The kids did an awesome job,” said Bulldog boys coach Larry Krzebiot. “(Clovis is) always tough and one of these years we’ll do what it takes to win it. We’re getting really close.”
They certainly were Friday.
Berrendo had six first-place finishes and three seconds to lead everyone, but the Chaparrals had more numbers, adding up to a few more placers.
Danny Jaramillo took first in the shot put and 100, while Licoln took first in the 110-meter hurdles and Varela first in the 300 hurdles. Both the 400-meter relay and 800 relay took gold, with the 1,600-relay second and Penghui Dong second in the open 200.
“Just overall great athletes and very pleased to have them on the team,” Krzebiot said of his placers. “They’ve done great and I look forward for them to do great things in the future when they go up to high school.”
Mesa wasn’t far behind, tlling 76 points. with firsts from Perez in the long jump and Moreno in the 1,600 along with the medley relay and 1,600-relay.
Marshall took fourth with 32 points, while Sierra was fifth with 24 — Villa took the title in the discus — and Mountain View sixth with 10, led by Ocon in fourth in the 1,600.
Roadrunner Classic team results
Boys — 1, Yucca, 98; 2, Berrendo, 93; 3, Mesa, 76; 4, Marshall, 32; 5, Sierra, 24; 6, Mountain View, 10
Girls — 1, Yucca, 108; 2, Berrendo, 76; 3, Marshall, 50; 4, Sierra, 41; 5, Mesa, 40; 6, Mountain View, 37