HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Young Athletes Shine at State Track Meet

By Mike Tooley

HERALD Publisher

Five young athletes from Hot Springs High School brought home seven medals from the State Track & Field Meet held in Albuquerque, May 11-12. There wasn’t any gold, but these youngsters served notice that they will be back next year.

Tessa Jones and Sarai Clendenin each scored third-place finishes. Jones was third in the shot put with a throw of 33’ 5.5” behind the winning throw of 35’ 10” and Clendenin cleared the bar at 9’6” for a third-place finish in the pole vault event.

Clendenin probably had the hardest task of any of the athletes. She tripled in the 800-, 1600- and 3200-meter runs, plus her pole vault event. She had a fourth place finish in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:40.95. The winning time was 5:26.95. In the 3200-meter run, she finished out of the medal loop with an eighth-place finish in a time of 12:56.12. The winning time was 11:32.50. In the 800-meter, Clendenin finished fifth with a time of 2:30.72 in the 800-meter behind the winning time of 2:27.05.

Jones picked up a metal for a fifth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 91’10” behind the winning toss of 108’ and was out of the medal loop in the high jump with a leap of 4’8”.

Kaitlyn Pierson, a freshman, also participated in the high jump for the Tigers, clearing the bar at 4’8”. The winning jump was 5’3”.

Zerod Underwood and Owen Harrison both brought home fourth-place medals. Underwood cleared the bar at 12’ in the pole vault behind the winning height of 13’. Harrison had a career best in the 200-meter with a time of 23.14 behind the winning time of 22.36.

Harrison also competed in the 100-meter, high jump, and long jump, but was just shy of making the finals in the running events. He finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 19’9”, eighth in the high jump clearing the bar at 5’6” and ran 11.56 in the 100-meter just short of making the finals.

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