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Tatum shines in record-breaking fashion at Metros

Sandia sophomore Adriana Tatum, seen here as the anchor in the Matadors’ 4×200-meter relay win, broke meet records in the 100 and 200 at the Albuquerque Metro Championships. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Any number of boys and girls had their moments to shine on the second day of this track and field meet. None matched the brightness of the illustrious Adriana Tatum.

Sandia High School’s sophomore sprinter – probably New Mexico’s most compelling female athlete in this sport – was magnificent on Friday.

That Tatum swept the 100-meter and 200-meter finals at the Albuquerque Metro Championships was practically an afterthought.

What has traction is that Tatum broke the meet record in both events at Nusenda Community Stadium.

The 100-meter final saw Tatum cross in a blistering 11.74 seconds – nearly a quarter of a second faster (11.98, her first-ever sub-12 second time in competition) than she ran at the Harper meet last weekend.

“That’s wild,” Tatum said. “I did not know that until my coach told me.”

The previous metro record was 11.94 seconds, set by Sandia Prep’s Krista Armstead in 2010.

“I stumbled out of the block,” Tatum admitted. “It wasn’t the best start I’ve had.”

By the 50-meter mark, she already had opened up a sizable lead. At the finish, her time was an attention grabber.

“I think that’s crazy,” she said. “I thought I got in the low 12s because of that start.”

And while Tatum also anchored Sandia’s 4×100 and 4×200-meter relay teams to victories, she returned in the open 200 and blazed across the line in 24.35 seconds. That record had stood since 2005, when Amber Battle ran 24.44 for Cibola.

Alas, Sandia’s 77 points were not enough to catch La Cueva, which won the meet with 95 points.

The Bears had only one individual event winner Friday: Israel Swanson taking the 110-meter high hurdles.

But another Matador, Savanna Lawson, capped a terrific meet on Friday with her narrow victory in the triple jump. She edged Rio Rancho’s Anwi Fomukong by one quarter of an inch, 38 feet, 2¾ inches to 38-2½.

Sandia Prep had two champions, Sevilla Duran in the 300-meter hurdles and Sydney Pyles in the pole vault. Albuquerque Academy’s Jane Archibeck captured the 1,600-meter final, while teammate Grace Alley was first in the 800. Volcano Vista’s Aryanna Gomez was in tears the second she triumphed in the 400-meter final.

“This is just my second year of track, so to be here as a sophomore, that’s amazing,” Gomez said.

Academy’s Sterling Glenn, the discus champ, tied for high-point honors with Lawson.

BOYS: La Cueva’s Connor O’Toole, the 100-meter winner, was the high-point athlete at metros. His time in the 100 (10.78) was the best mark by any metro-area boy this year.

Brad Thomas of the Bears continued his torrid pace in the triple jump, setting another personal record – his third in the last three meets – at 46 feet to finish first. Owen Olney of Rio Rancho matched his season best in the high jump (6-6) to win that event. Tyler Lyon of Academy was a champion for a second straight weekend in the discus.

Rio Rancho’s Noah Fay claimed both hurdles finals, with his teammate and half-brother, Jordan Spencer, runner-up in the 100 and third in the 300 behind O’Toole. Fay lowered his personal-best times this season in both events on Friday.

Probably the biggest surprise was Academy’s Julian Garcia, the eighth seed who rallied in the final lap to win the 1,600.

Volcano Vista had two sprint champions with Blaine Grant in the 200 (a speedy 21.82 seconds) and Thomas Williams in the 400. La Cueva’s Stevie Salas added the 800-meter title Friday to the 3,200-meter victory he posted Thursday.

Cleveland’s victory in the 4×400-meter relay, the final event of the night, carried the Storm to the team win, 95½-88 over Academy.

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