Scenes From Rio Rancho Rust Buster Meet

LAHS Freshmen Isaac Ronning and Stephen Gulley run neck-and-neck in the 110 m hurdles. Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Elena Abeyta completes the first handoff of the 4×100 m relay to senior Claire Ticknor. With teammates Liz Lockhart and Ona Gartz, the ‘Topper relay team won the race over seven other teams, and qualified for the State Championship with a time of 51.12 seconds. Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Nic Dowdy completes a fine handoff to senior Kevin Maresca in the 4×100 m relay. Photo by Blake Wood
It was an unusually nice spring day at Rio Rancho High School for their Rust Buster Track & Field Meet on Saturday – neither snowing nor a sandstorm, as has been the case in the past few years, and the LAHS athletes posted some excellent marks.  
For the girls, qualifiers for the State Championship included Elena Abeyta in the 200 m, Rebecca Green in the shot put, Liz Lockhart, Sophie Wood, and Abby Beus all in the triple jump, the 4×100 m relay team of Elena Abeyta, Claire Ticknor, Liz Lockhart, and Ona Gartz, and the 4×400 m relay team of Ona Gartz, Maddie Beck, Jazmine Tuning, and Elena Abeyta. 
For the boys, Liam Johnson once again easily exceeded the state qualifying mark in the pole vault.
Distance coach Kathy Hipwood encourages sophomore Paulina Burnside, on her way to running a PR for the 1600 m of 5:57.1. Photo by Blake Wood
Senior Macklin Cunico threw the discus 107′ 8″. Photo by Blake Wood
Eighth grader Lydia Appell and sophomore Marin Kelly cruised to PRs in the 800 m of 2:31.7 and 2:35.5, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood