By Leroy Chavez<br />Sports writer
CIMARRON — The Running Rams of Cimarron High School placed second in the 10-team annual Homerunning Invitational track and field meet held in Cimarron on Friday (April 11).
“It was a good, quick meet with a lot good performances,” noted Running Ram coach Joe Giglia. “The meet was a success, thanks to the large group of volunteers that work the meet. We were able to run the meet in three hours.”
The Santa Rosa Lions won the meet by amassing 149 points to outdistance the field. Cimarron was second with 117 points, followed by the Questa Wildcats with 55 points, the McCurdy Bobcats with 42, Springer Red Devils 23, Penasco Panthers 20, Mosquero Pirates 18, Raton Tigers 13 and Roy Longhorns three.
“We are still adding to our state qualifying list and improving on others,” said Giglia. “District looms ahead, but our real focus is to defend our state title and we’re halfway there.”
The Running Rams turned in seven first-place performances, seven second places, two third places, one fourth place, two fifth places and two six places to account for 117 points.
First-place efforts were recorded by Jacob Subratie in the 800 meter run (2:07.40), Henry Sime in the 1600 meter run (5:59.03), Thomas Gallegos in the 3200 (11:10.08), Reuben Mulkey in the 110 meter hurdles (17.08); Alonzo Chavez in the discus (117’-11”); Efrain Acosta in the pole vault (11’-6”); and the 1600 meter medley relay team of Tim Nystrom, Levi Smith, Zack Winchester, and Henry Sime in 3:51.6.
“Jacob (800) and Efrain (pole vault) qualified two new events to the state meet,” Giglia said. “Reuben (Mulkey), Henry (Sime) and Thomas (Gallegos) had their usual meet and shined, while Levi (Smith), Tim (Nystrom), Zack (Winchester), Levi (Smith), Alonzo (Chavez), Jonah (Coca), Matthew (Niemiec) and Carlos (Martinez) are starting to find their stride”
Second-place performances came from Efrain Acosta in the 200 meter run (23.47); Henry Sime in the triple jump (40’-4”) and high jump (5’-8”); Thomas Gallegos in the 1600 meter run (5:15.31); Alonzo Chavez in the shot (38’ 7”); Jonah Coca in the discus (111’-7”); and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Henry Sime, Jacob Subratie, Efrain Acosta and Tim Nystrom with 45.92.
Third-place efforts were turned in by Chris Kenny in the 100 hurdles (18:45) and Reuben Mulkey in the 300 meter hurdles (47.62), while Matthew Niemiec placed fourth in the pole vault (9’-6”).
Fifth-place performances came from Matthew Niemiec in the 3200 meter run (12:34.50) and Tim Nystrom in the javelin (112’-10”, while sixth-place finishers included Alonzo Chavez in the 200 (24.88) and Carlos Martinez in the discus (105’-7”).
“We have a large group of veterans that always finishes near the top, but now we’re starting to get new people approaching the qualifying standards,” said Giglia. “On Thursday we’ll have another meet with local teams competing, then on Saturday, we’ll travel to San Jon to compete against smaller schools. The elevation at San Jon should help produce some great times for our distance crew.”
The Running Rams will have a busy week, traveling to Clayton on Thursday (April 17) for a 3 p.m. meet and then San Jon on Saturday (April 19) to compete in the Coyote Invite. Field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.