Armstrong is 1A pole vault champion
Local athletes excel at track and field state championships
Nat Holland El Defensor Chieftain Reporter
The 1A/2A track and field state championships started overcast and chilly on Saturday, but things ended bright for local athletes.
The Magdalena boys and Quemado girls teams both earned11th place finishes. The Magdalena girls team and Alamo boys and girls teams all earned points in the competition at the University of New Mexico's Track and Field Complex.
KC Armstrong became the 1A pole vault state champion with a successful 12-foot attempt that easily cleared the pole. Armstrong is Magdalena's first state champion in track and field in the three years. The next most recent state champion was his sister Kelly Armstrong, who was the top girls vaulter in 2004.
After being successful at 12 feet and guaranteed the championship spot, Armstrong unsuccessfully attempted a 13-foot jump to break his personal record of 12 feet, 6 inches. His first attempt at 13 feet was nearly successful.
"I almost had it the first time," he said. "I tried a heavier pole the second time and it didn't work, and just messed up the last time."
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