Raining Records!
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Hey Charlie Daniels, Santa Fe rewrote your song; "The Demons went down to Burque, looking for a record to BREAK!".

There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but that didn't stop it from raining new State records during the 2014 big school track meet this weekend. In Class 4A, it was a pretty simple formula....if Tiffany Garcia was running in it, it was a State record. Garcia set or equaled individual state records in the 100 (12.11), 200 (24.17) and 400 (55.58) meter dashes and was part of the record breaking Demon's 4x200 relay (1:42.02). However, the incredible quality of the Santa Fe lady demons went even farther than Garcia. The Demon 400 relay team of Ryann Tanuz, Samantha Woodman, Shantal Roybal and Akeisha Ayanniyi burned up the track grabbing their own state record with a blazing time of 48.43.

With 3 events to go, it looked to everyone watching that the Demons were on their way to the blue trophy leading by 26 points over the rest of the field. But while everyone was watching the heroics on the track, Aztec, the defending State Champions, had some heroics of their own happening late in the meet over at field events. A first and fifth place finish in the pole vault coupled with an unexpected second, third and fourth place sweep in the javelin brought the Aztecs within 5 points of Santa Fe. The deciding event...the mile relay. In dramatic finish, the Aztecs finished second and the Demons sixth resulting in a come from behind one point victory and back to back State Championships for Aztec. St. Pius X was third with 47.

In Class 3A, while Coach Benny Mitchell was running back and forth between his daughter's graduation and the UNM stadium, his lady tigers were running down the competition and sealing the deal on a repeat performance seen in cross country this year. A girl's and boy's dual State Championship. Ruidoso's Shalom Keller was stellar throughout the meet, winning all three sprints and the high point individual award. For Mitchell and the lady tigers, the meet Championship was never in the bag, especially after a DQ in the mile relay prelims and with Sandia Preps dominance in distance and hurdles. With 3 events to go, Taos only had a 5 point lead over Ruidoso and a 9 point lead over Prep. But a 2-4-5 finish in the 200 and a 4-5-6 finish in the 3200 gave the Tigers a 14 point advantage. Too much for the Preps 1st place mile relay to overcome. Sandia Prep was second with 67 and Ruidoso third with 57.

In 5A records continued to fall. Eldorado's Lauren Martinez broke the overall State record formally held by Cimarron's Annie Stirling with a vault of 12'3. Three relay records went down by three different schools. Cleveland in the 4x100 with a blazing time of 47.98. La Cueva broke a twenty-three year old record in the 4x200 with an incredible time of 1:41.59 and Rio Rancho shattered Gallup's 1999 Medley record with a time of 4:07.74. In the team race, it was Coach Kathy Brion's Eldorado balanced squad , after last year's second place finish, taking home the blue trophy behind the feats of Kyra Mohns, Crissey and Cassie Amberg, Martinez, Jessie Hix and a total overall team effort that resulted in 107 total points. La Cueva was second with 86 and Cleveland was third with 78.