Agent sponsors event for third straight year
For the third consecutive year, local State Farm Insurance agent Martin Armijo has made a significant financial contribution to support the State Farm Cibola Scorcher Invitational Track Meet. On Saturday, more than a dozen schools will gather at Cibola to participate in Yuma's largest prep track and field event.
With Armijo's contributions, the meet will feature certified officials and an electronic timing system, two things necessary for athletes to qualify for the state meet at season's end. Starting this season, schools can no longer qualify for the state meet by winning their respective region, as benchmark times and distances will be the only criteria used.
“This is the only track meet like this — with all the schools together and in a big invitational format — where the athletes can compete in front of their parents and family,” Cibola coach Brett Pavey said. “Every other one, we have to travel to Phoenix, Lake Havasu or Tucson. His contribution to make this meet happen is awesome.”
Armijo will also be in attendance on Saturday, handing out promotional materials and talking with local athletes and their families. Armijo said he and State Farm are always looking for a way to contribute and better the community.
“We want to help the kids so they don't have to leave town. Now they can sleep in their own beds, eat dinner at their own tables and not cost the schools or the boosters clubs any additional funds to help the kids get qualified for the state track meet.”