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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