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A year ago, after winning the U.S. indoor shot put national championship in Albuquerque, Chase Ealey appeared to be a shoo-in for a berth on the 2020 Olympics squad.
That, of course, didn’t happen for the former Los Alamos High School athlete as the trials were cancelled and the games postponed for a year.
Ealey’s Olympic bid came to end Thursday at the U.S. Track & Field trials after twice throwing a disappointing 60 feet, 4 inches, almost two feet less than her winning distance a year ago. She also scratched on three of her six throws.
Ealey, who turns 27 next month, finished fifth, more than three feet behind winner Jessica Ramsey and almost two feet behind third-place Adelaide Aquilla. The top three finishers earned an Olympic berth for the games in Japan on July 23-Aug. 8.
TRACK & FIELD / Friday
CLASS 4A State Championships
BOYS: Rafael Sanchez of Los Alamos won the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 33.54 seconds.
Hilltopper Max Berndt won the shot put with a mark of 49 feet, 4½ inches.
GIRLS: Holly Sanchez of Los Alamos won the 100-meter dash in 12.67 seconds, 0.02 seconds ahead of teammate Nyla Lee.
Hilltopper Angelina Passalacqua’s 17-3 won the long jump.
STATE TOURNAMENT / Softball / Wednesday
WEST LAS VEGAS 6, ROBERTSON 4: The smart money was on the second-seeded Cardinals to advance to the Class 3A championship finale after an undefeated regular season that included three wins over the cross-town rival Dons. But West Las Vegas had other plans. The No. 3 Dons (16-5) scored four in the fifth inning to overcome Robertson’s (17-1) 3-1 lead and advance to Friday’s late championship game against top-seed Dexter. The Cardinals recorded 14 hits, with Alexis Pacheco going 3-4 with an RBI.
ARTESIA 14, POJOAQUE VALLEY 0: Faced with a hot pitcher, the seventh-seeded Elkettes (14-5) managed only one hit against No. 2 Artesia while losing in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
CAPITAN 6, MCCURDY 5: A sixth-inning, 5-run rally was just a bit short for the seventh-seeded Bobcats (8-8) against the No. 2 Tigers. McCurdy had 10 hits, but bunched most of them in the sixth, when Erin Lomayma, Olivia Cantrell, Alissa Maestas, Mariana Arumbua and Heavenly Arellano each had an RBI in the 2A quarterfinals.
ROBERTSON 14, ST. MICHAEL’S 0: Ariana Sanchez threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and walking one, marking the fourth time the Cardinals (17-0) have beated the Horsemen (11-9), this time in the 3A quarterfinals. Taylor Quintana was 3-4 with a homer, three runs and two RBIs for Robertson.
WEST LAS VEGAS 4, NAVAJO PREP 0: The Dons (15-5) scored four times over the first three innings, then outlasted the Eagles the rest of the way in the 3A quarterfinals.
STATE TOURNAMENT / Baseball / Wednesday
ROBERTSON 9, EAST MOUNTAIN 7: Hunter Jordan scored twice and drove home two to lead the sixth-seeded Cardinals (13-7) past the No. 2 Timberwolves. Caleb Marrujo and Isiah Ortiz each added two runs and an RBI for Robertson, which used a 5-run third-inning rally to break a 4-all tie and advance to Friday’s late 3A championship game against No. 1 Sandia Prep.
ROBERTSON 11, ST. MICHAEL’S 7: Caleb Marrujo had three RBIs and scored a run, while Isiah Ortiz and Kenneth Ortiz each scored twice and the Cardinals (12-7) scored seven runs in the seventh to overcome a 5-4 deficit entering the final inning. Ceejay Saiz did his best to keep the Horsemen (12-7) in it, going 3-3 with a homer, four RBIs and a run.
ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 5, LOS ALAMOS 0: The No. 3 Hilltoppers (18-3) managed two hits against the Chargers and were shut out for the first time this season in the 4A quarterfinals.
REHOBOTH 6, MCCURDY 3: With just four hits, the No. 4 Bobcats (14-2) could not muster enough offense against the Lynx. Markus Martinez went 2-3 for McCurdy with a run and an RBI, but it was not enough to overcome a late Rehoboth rally in the 2A quarterfinals.
TEXICO 20, PECOS 5: The No. 8 Panthers (6-10) were no match for the No. 1 Wolverines in the 2A quarterfinals.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
TRIATHLON: The Cochiti Lake Triathlon is a month away. Featuring a 1,600-meter lake swim, a 25-mile bicycle ride and a 10K run, the event is sure to be popular as athletes begin to return to competitions.