SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Indian School’s Chris Humetewa had a little extra inspiration Friday during the first day of the Class1A-3A state track & field meet at the University of New Mexico Track and Soccer Complex.
With evening approaching and the chill wind and on-again, off-again rain disappearing, Humetewa set off in the 3A 3,200 run.
“I just ran the medley before this so you know your legs are not going to be at 100 percent,” he said. “So you run your race and feel what’s comfortable and if you’ve got something left in the gas tank, just turn it on.”
But with about a lap and a half to go, Humetewa’s tank was edging on empty he as tried to chase down Sandia Prep’s Epherem Zerai. “At 600, my legs were completely gone. I was dead,” he said. “At one point what went through my mind was ‘Second isn’t bad,’ but then something came in my mind and clicked, and it was my grandma’s voice in my mind saying, ‘You’re better than this, come on.’ So I just powered through it, started opening up my stride and I was like, ‘let’s just try to take him down.’ ”
Spurred by the memory of his grandmother, Humetewa was able to catch Zerai, winning the event in 9 minutes, 54.63-seconds, about three seconds ahead of the runner-up.
“I’ve been running since I was in sixth grade and my grandma has always been a very inspirational person to me because she’s done so many great things for me,” Humetewa said. “She passed in my eighth grade year and I just knew from that point on every race is for her now. First place has always been the goal and I knew she was with me for this entire race.”
Although the St. Michael’s girls golf team had three players among the top 10 individuals in Friday’s opening round of the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament at the Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, the Horsemen’s attempt at threepeat is in jeopardy.
St. Mike’s Carisa Padilla sits at 6-over 78, one stroke off the individual lead behind Mesilla Valley’s Courtney Andersson(CQ). Miquela Martinez is in third with a 13-over 85 and Alyssa Torres it tied for 10th at 30-over 102.
The SonBlazers, however, have two other players among the top seven and have an 87-over 375 for their top four golfers.
The Horsemen were in a third-place tie at a 120-over 408, 33 strokes off the pace heading into Saturday’s late finale.
No. 1 ROBERTSON 12, No. 16 TULAROSA 0, five innings; ROBERTSON 10, TULAROSA 0, six innings: Sophomore Carlos Marrujo threw a no-hitter in game two to lead the host Cardinals (20-7-1) to a sweep of the Class 3A state tournament’s opening round and sending them to next week’s single-elimination tournament. The Wildcats only managed two hits over the course of the two games. On Thursday at 4 p.m. at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, Robertson will face the winner between No. 8 Santa Fe Indian School and No. 9 Navajo Prep, which concluded their opening-round series late Saturday.
Another year, another Fulgenzi. This time, the Robertson powerhouse tennis family turned to top-seed Lauren Fulgenzi to uphold the family honor and she did so with aplomb. Fulgenzi handily defeated No. 2 Rachel Homan of Albuquerque Academy 6-2, 6-3 to win the individual Class 1A-4A singles championship, becoming the ninth Cardinals singles champion. The precocious Santa Fe Prep freshmen duo of Isabel Voinescu and Grace Vivian rolled through the doubles draw, winning the finals 6-4, 6-1 over Bosque’s Chloe Lamb and Kilah Baca.
No. 4 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN 10, No. 13 DESERT ACADEMY 0, five innings: Lynx starter Jacob Zylestra, who has not allowed an earned run this season, went one better against the visiting Wildcats (5-14-1), throwing a no-hitter. Of the 15 outs Zylestra recorded, 12 came on strikeouts. The only base runner came on a walk.
No. 2 EUNICE 10 vs. No. 15 PEÑASCO 0, five innings: The host Cardinals scored in every inning but one, eliminating the Panthers (5-12-1) with four runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
No. 7 DEXTER 6, No. 10 ST. MICHAEL’S 1: The visiting Horsemen (9-16) hung with the four-time defending state champion Demons, trailing just 2-1 entering the fifth inning before things went awry. Several St. Mike’s miscues in the inning led to a four-run rally from which the Horsemen could not recover.
Pojoaque Valley’s John Hall, Gabriel Huerta and Javier Tapia all recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Tapia will wrestle at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo.; Huerta will play baseball at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.; and Hall will run track and cross country at New Mexico Highlands.
ALSO SIGNED: Santa Fe’s Antonio Lovato, who helped the Demons reached the Class 5A championship game, signed his letter to play basketball at Highlands.
Basketball coach David Bustos is back in his old stomping grounds, taking over the West Las Vegas boys program for the third time. He is replacing Clyde Sanchez, who was hired two seasons ago to replace Bustos before retiring to move to Arizona.
A week after being named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference academic player of the year, New Mexico Highlands outfielder Auggie Francis picked up some more hardware as he was named RMAC Co-Player of the Year. Francis was the conference batting champion, hitting .434. Francis is the first NMHU player to win the award since 2010. He also led the conference in on-base percentage (.524), runs (70), hits (82), triples (8) and being hit by pitches (14).
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The Los Alamos boys and girls soccer programs will be holding the Topper Soccer School for children aged 3-9 years old. The boys sessions run June 10-14 at Urban Park in Los Alamos and June 24-28 at Rover park in White Rock. The girls sessions are June 24-28 at Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School. For more information see: lahstoppers.com/2019/05/09/2019-topper-soccer-school.
High school football players looking to play at the next level will have an opportunity to showcase their skills June 2 at Taos High School in front of college coaches from New Mexico, Lyon, New Mexico State, Oklahoma Baptist, Ottawa (Ariz.), and Western New Mexico. Separate offensive and defensive sessions will be conducted. For more information see collegefootballprospects.com/taos-nm.cfm
For young players aged 5-10 looking to improve their skills, the Los Alamos coaching staff with assistance from Hilltoppers players will be holding two camps this summer: June 4-6 and June 18-20. Times are 9 a.m. to noon and cost $99 for either of the three-day sessions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is heading north to Santa Fe High School on June 15-16 for a summer youth skills camp. The camp is open to children in grades 1-8. For more information call 925-5750 or see coachpaul weir.com.