With a rash of canceled and postponed high school track and field meets, there was little movement for local track athletes in the MaxPreps standings.
The top 18 athletes in each event in Class 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A will qualify for their respective state championship meets, which will take place in May in Lakewood. In Class 1A, the top nine in the sprints, hurdles, and relays, and the top 12 in distances and field events will qualify for state, which will also take place the same weekend in May also in Lakewood.
La Junta High School has five male athletes in the Top 18 in their events. Four of them are in the weight events and they are led by Vicente Ramirez, who has the second-best throw in the Class 3A shot put at 50-3 1/2 and is fourth best in the discus at 141-10.
Other ranked Tiger throwers include Carlos Rangel, who is eighth in the discus at 136-8, Kaden Ramirez, who is 13th in the shot put at 45-3 1/4, and Zach Archuleta, who is 17th in the discus at 130-1.
Also ranked for the La Junta boys is Chris Wilkins, who is tied for 17th in the high jump at 5-10.
The only Lady Tiger in the Top 18 is Irene Robledo, who is 13th in the discus at 104-10.
Six Rocky Ford boys are ranked including two who are ranked in three events.
Cody Danley is fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:33.68, seventh in the 1,600 in 4:46.81, and eighth in the 800 in 2:04.73.
David Trujillo is sixth in the long jump at 20-6, seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.69 seconds, and 15th in the 200 in 24.04.
Also ranked for the Meloneers are Noel Lopez, who is sixth in the 3,200 in 10:34.49; Chris Gonzales, who is eighth in the triple jump at 39-7 3/4; Nick Barela, who is 15th in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.65; and Nate Hancock, who is 15th in the discus at 122-1 1/2.
Rocky is in the Top 18 in all four relay events. It is fifth in the 4x800 in 8:51.76, 14th in the 4x100 in 46.86, 15th in the 4x400 in 3:46.07, and 17th in the 4x200 in 1:39.15.
Two Lady Meloneers are ranked as Jacklynn Snyder is 16th in the 800 in 2:36.06, and Maquela Huff is tied for 18th in the high jump at 4-8.
Two Swink girls are ranked in the Top 18 in their events.
Skyler Jones is seventh in the triple jump at 32-3, and Brianna Denton in ninth in the long jump at 15-5.
No Swink boys are currently in the rankings.
Two Fowler boys are listed in their respective events.
Orin Carnes is 12th in the 110 hurdles in 17.36, while Brand Sharp is 13th in the 300 hurdles in 44.29 and 14th in the 110 hurdles in 17.55.
Five Lady Grizzlies are currently ranked with two in two events.
Lexi Van Sickle is 11th in the 400 in 1:02.52 and 17th in the 200 in 28.32, while Samantha Graham is 18th in the 100 in 13.69 and 18th in the long jump at 14-10 3/4.
Other ranked Fowler girls include Jacquelin Alvey, who is 15th in the 800 in 2:35.99; Ashlyn Alvey, who is 16th in the 3,200 in 13:53.97; and Kaitlyn Smith, who is 18th in the triple jump at 30-4 1/2.
The Lady Grizzlies are ranked in three relays. They are seventh in the 4x200 in 1:53.66, 10th in the 800 sprint medley in 1:58.95, and 16th in the 4x800 in 11:35.60.
Crowley County has three ranked boys and it is led by Lane Walter, who has the best mark in the discus in Class 2A at 164-6. He is also eighth in the shot put at 43-9.
Also ranked for the Chargers are Tyler Schwartz, who is third in the long jump at 20-10 and 13th in the triple jump at 38-11, and Hayden Carter, who is tied for 10th in the high jump at 5-10.
Crowley County is also ranked in two relays. It is seventh in the 4x200 in 1:36.41 and 13th in the 4x100 in 46.80.
Rylee Haynes leads the Lady Chargers as she is ranked in four events. She currently is tied for the best height in the Class 2A high jump at 5-3. She is also second in the 100 hurdles in 16.64, fourth in the long jump at 15-9 1/2, and 12th in the 300 hurdles in 51.24.
Another ranked Crowley County girl is Shannon McLelland, who is 18th in the shot put at 31-8.
Las Animas currently has neither a boy nor a girl athlete in the Top 18.
Cheraw does not have a ranked athlete in either their boys or girls ranks.
McClave has two ranked boys.
Ian Beckett is sixth in the long jump at 19-3 1/4, and Dawson Roesch, is tied for ninth in the 100 in 12.03.
The Cardinals are fifth in the 4x800 in 9:50.93.
Two Lady Cardinals are in the rankings.
Shalea Watts is fifth in the 400 in 1:06.22 and 12th in the 800 in 2:43.18; while McKenzie Watts is seventh in the shot put at 31-11 and 11th in the discus at 92-10.
The McClave girls are ranked in two relays. They are fourth in the 4x800 in 11:46.04, and fifth in the 800 sprint medley in 2:03.13.
The Kim/Branson girls’ team is led by Zariah Mason, who has the best 100 meter time in Class 1A in 12.90 seconds.
The Lady Mustangs also have the best 4x100 time in 53.99.
No Kim/Branson boys are currently ranked.
The La Junta Tiger Relays will begin today with the 44th annual girls event. Friday will be the 70th annual boys event. Both will take place at Tiger Stadium.
Besides La Junta, Crowley County, Fowler, Las Animas, and Swink will also be in this meet.
Cheraw, Las Animas, McClave, and Rocky Ford will be at the Holly Invitational on Saturday.
Swink will host the annual Ray Headley Invitational on Monday at Gene Brown Field. All of the local high school track and field programs will be at this meet.