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Great Southwest track & field meet in action

The 43rd Great Southwest Classic track and field meet begins today and runs through Saturday night at the University of New Mexico complex.

Decathlon for both genders, and the girls’ heptathlon, began this morning and end Friday. And there are several events of note being contested on Friday, such as the 4×200 and 4×800-meter relays.

The majority of the finals will be contested Saturday. The meet draws dozens of the nation’s top track and field athletes to UNM. Organizers expect about 700 athletes from 21 states.

Among the top New Mexicans expected to be competing this weekend are Manzano sprinter Jordan Byrd, Taos sprinter/jumper Jonah Vigil and Albuquerque Academy thrower Teagun Glenn on the boys side, and Sandia sprinter Adriana Tatum, St. Pius hurdler Haley Rizek and Volcano Vista sprinter Kjia Stith for the girls.

Byrd will be in the elite 100-meter dash final, scheduled for 5:35 p.m. Saturday.

Field events Saturday begin at 10:30 a.m. The track portion begins at 11 a.m. and will be running until about 10 p.m.

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