District 1-5A Dominance
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The Henry led Cleveland storm not only took care of business, but they added an exclamation point.

30 years. For those of us in the business, thirty years is pretty much around retirement age for a lot of things. For the thirty year old State record of 3:17.40 in the mile relay set by Hobbs in 1984, retirement came this Saturday at the hands of Clleveland's mile relay team of Camden Davis, Keaton Frieberg, Nathan Muñoz and Tyler Chavez. They eclipsed the mark in 3:16.72. Having the 47.99, 400 meter State record holder Tyler Chavez as an anchor didn't hurt either.

Cleveland, in a State meet of varied and very talented athletes, garnered 102 total team points to run away with the title. All three of the 5A team trophies won't be to far apart though, as District 1-5A rivals Volcano Vista and Rio Rancho battled for the final two trophies. Rio took the mile relay, but Vocano Vista's Mike Budick held onto a second place in a tough Javelin competition and Vista's Mile relay placed third behind Rio Rancho to help the Hawks edge out the Rams by one point for the second place trophy. Volcano scored 56 points. Rio Rancho scored 55 for third. 

In the most contested class of the boy's competitions, Class 4A's Farmington Scorpions, coached by Jeff Dalton, came out on top scoring 64 points behind gold medal efforts of Devin Hull in the 400, Avery Rasher in the High Jump and their 4 x 200 relay. It was a BATTLE for the next two podium spots by two teams that know each other very well. Coach Larry Baca was back in the saddle andonce again in familiar territory battling Adam Kedges squad. How close was it? How about a half a point. Hill Topper's Colin Hemez took top honors in both the 3200 and 1600 while St Pius X's Steven Duran won the 800. If there was any kind of edge for the Chargers, it may have been the hurdles. Academy went 1-3 in the 110's with Noah Weig-Pickering taking the gold and Nick Slade also brought in a 3rd in the 300's. When the smoke cleared it was Academy 51, Los Alamos 50.5. Wow.

Fro Silver, it would have been a three-peat. But Taos was fresh off of a State Championship in Cross Country and wanted to step up from last years 3rd place finish to Silver and St. Michaels. They did just that.
What did it in 3A? Thirty-five points in the last three events of the meet. Taos pulled an upset victory in the Medley, went 1-4-5 in the 200 and left no doubt in the mile relay winning by four seconds over second place Silver. A strong finish to a 95 point State Championship. St Michaels throwers were stellar with the Hochanadel brothers combining for 19 points in the shot and discus while it was Silver's Andrew Little with the double wins in the 110 and 300 hurdles. St.Mikes was second with 69 points while Siver brought home third with 66.5.