Area athletes surprised by high finishes
By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 15, 2014
(Times photo – Sunnie Clahchischiligi)
The two took home gold medals in field events at the 1-2A New Mexico Activities Association state track and field championships, along with a number of other meda;s.
"It was expected, but I was just trying to stay humble about it all," Hill said. "I'm really glad of the way I finished."
Hill placed first in the girl's 2A triple jump with a mark of 34-05.25.
She said it was a nerve-wrecking experience as she went back in forth with a jumper from Texico.
She was ranked first in the event and made her last jump before the Texico jumper. After her jump, it was a waiting game.
"I just told myself I had to stay calm and see how she jumps," she said. "After she jumped I was just excited."
Hill received another couple of surprises throughout the rest of the meet.
On Saturday, during the running finals, she placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.48 and first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.71. She also contributed to Ramah's third-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay and fourth in the 4x200-meter relay.
She said she was surprised by her two first-place finishes in the hurdles events because it was only her second season participating.
"I haven't been doing it long," Hill said. "I just knew I had to give it all I could, and I had to have the best start I could."
Last year, Hill placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and came into the state meet this year sitting in third place.
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