I had hoped the Albuquerque Journal would print a picture of an event that happened at the City Championships--and they did. Brent is friends with all three of the guys who were involved in the incident (described below). NOTE: Rolando and Chad were nursing sore arms after the race. Chad says he'll be fine. Rolando and Curtis ate with us at Saggio's after the meet. Curtis was okay; Rolando said he doesn't want to know if he's hurt (so...no doctor visit for him). Here's the story about the incident and about the meet. The picture is at the end...
Hornets’ Trammel Crawls to Win
BY JESSICA DYER
Journal Staff Writer
Rolando Trammel didn’t win the 300-meter hurdles by a nose at the Albuquerque Public Schools All-City track meet Saturday. He won by a fingernail.
The Highland junior crawled to the finish line at Milne Stadium, turning in a winning time of 39.89 seconds.
Trammel prevailed despite a wild finish to one of the day’s most anticipated races. The top three seeds all stumbled over the final hurdle.
La Cueva’s Chad Clark led down the stretch and was the first to trip. Trammel followed suit, and Albuquerque Academy’s Curtis Beach faltered next.
“I cleared the hurdle fine, but tripped over Chad,” said Beach, who finished 0.11 seconds behind Trammel in second. “Rolando is a heck of a competitor. He tumbled over to the line to get first.”
Trammel, who also took the triple jump, said he knew he could win despite the fall.
“I looked at the finish line and figured nobody passed it, so I crawled over to it,” he said.
Beach said the finish was unforgettable.
“It was a fun race, especially at the end,” he said. “I’ll remember that race for a long time.”
Beach had plenty of other highlights. He walked away with the meet’s high-point award after wins in the long jump and 110 hurdles.
Cibola took the team title with 136 points to more than double the score of runner-up La Cueva (65). Highland (59), Academy (58) and Eldorado (55) rounded out the top five.
The Cougars won four field events and three races. On the track, Matt Valenzuela took the 400 dash, and Cibola won the 400 and 1,600 relays. Daniel Gooris (pole vault) Jon Mader (javelin), Corey Roybal (shot put) and Brandon Simpson (high jump) also won for the Cougars.
Tyler Barela of Eldorado won the 100 and 200 dashes.
Gabe Aragon of Valley won the 800, and Academy’s Ben Johnson took the 1,600.
In Friday’s finals, Kevin Burnett of St. Pius won the 3,200 run and Eldorado’s Willie Pounds won the discus.
NOTE: You can click on the picture to see it in a larger format :-)