Cibola relay squad second at state
The Cibola girls 3,200-meter relay finished second Wednesday at the Class 5A-I and 5A-II Track and Field State Championships at Mesa Community College.
The team of Michelle Soto, Amanda Martinez, Autumn Amidon and Monica Huston shattered the school record by 12 seconds, but it wasn't enough to top Tucson-Mountain View. They finished in 9 minutes, 45.51 seconds, and coach Kris Norton is already looking forward to next year - all four runners are underclassmen, and Huston and Amidon are freshmen.
"I hate to think what they're going to do to the school record next year," Norton said. "They are amazing to say the least."
Huston set her personal best mark in the 3,200 by 35 seconds, taking sixth in 11:28.89. The Raider girls also got points from the 1,600 relay team of Nicolette Monroe, Cassandra Martinez, Amanda Martinez and Soto, which finished eighth in a time of 4:09.87.
On the boys side, Bernie Montoya earned a point taking eighth in the 1,600 (4:30.29), as did Frank Fassetta in the discus (130 feet, 11 inches). Deante Gaines was seventh in the triple jump (42-3).
Monroe qualified for the finals in the 100, 200 and 400, and Soto qualified in the 300 hurdles.
Gila Ridge's Destiny Dilworth took third in the high jump (5-1).That tied with two other girls for first, but Dilworth lost on the tiebreaker - number of missed jumps.
Other Yuma-area athletes scoring points were Yuma High's JC Baker, who finished fifth in the triple jump (43-4.25), and Kofa's Tyler Masson with an eighth place throw in the shotput (49-1.50).
Also qualifying for Saturday's finals was Kofa's Amanda Garcia in the 300 hurdles.