LA runner defends 1600-meter title

Navajo Times | Adron Gardner
Laguna Acoma Hawk Terri Daily defended her state title in the 1600-meter race at the New Mexico Class 3A state track meet. Daily ran her race in 5:28.20.


The expectations were a lot higher for Laguna-Acoma runner Terri Dailey.

The sophomore and multiple state champion in cross-country and track and field set the bar high and hoped to win three gold medals. But she only left with one.

“It was sort of good because I wanted to keep my state championships going and just keep them going as I kept running,” she said.

Dailey placed first in the Class 3A 1600-meter run in a time of 5:28.20, in one of the most exciting races of the weekend.

Dailey ran elbow-to-elbow with two other runners from Estancia and Cottonwood before gaining a small leverage at the end for the win.

She said she raced smart and that’s what it came down to.

“I just needed to stay in the front with the leaders, that’s all I needed to do because I knew we were all trying to fight for it,” she said.

“At the last 200 (meters), we were going stride for stride. Estancia and Cottonwood were right behind me and I guess I had a strong enough kick right at the end.”

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Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at or via cell at (505) 686-0769.