Runners battle strong winds at Bloomfield Invite
By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
BLOOMFIELD, N.M., May 1, 2014
(Times photos – Sunnie Clahchischiligi)
With winds at 36 miles per hour and gusts at 52, the winds became the center of discussion along with state qualification and personal record times. As the winds picked up in the afternoon, those in the running events had to prepare for the worst.
Even veteran runners like Miyamura's Nile Thomas, who placed first in the 1,600-meter run for the boys, had trouble running against Mother Nature. He spent the first three laps trying to stay ahead of Grants' Mike Anzures but the wind slowed him down.
"On the third straight away it slowed me down each time," he said. "When I tried to run it would come at me and on the last lap it was coming at me too, so I had to push myself so it wouldn't catch me."
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