Miyamura boys use depth to win Gallup Invite

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

GALLUP, April 24, 2014

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Miyamura Patriot Richard Cruz reaches back for the baton, handed off to him by his teammate in the boy’s 4x100 meter race at the Gallup Invitational.

BOTTOM: Miyamura Patriot Brandon McFarland leaps over the bar with his polevault on Saturday in Gallup.

Two weeks after finishing second at their home meet, the Miyamura boys' track team used its depth to capture the Gallup Invitational last Saturday at Public School Stadium.

The Patriots won six events and had eight individuals that either placed second and third en route to the team title.

"We have a couple kids out and a couple kids sick but overall we did good," Miyamura coach Steve Starkovich said. "The boys are a lot more balanced this year where we have some quality distance runners and sprinters."

At the Gallup Invite, senior Miguel Gutierrez was a double winner for Miyamura as he won both the 110 (16.84) and 300 (45.44) hurdles while sophomore Niles Thomas won the 3,200-meter run in 10:01.24.

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