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The Knight boys and girls celebrate their 2016 championships in Bloomfield.

Tyler Roberts pole vaulting on his way to winning the Basin 2016 title.

Seventh-grader Logan Sewell triple jumping during the 2016 season.

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   May 10, 2017: Heights eighth-graders Bailey Rasmussen and Jenna Basham will be at the state high school track meet Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque. Rasmussen won the District 1-6A pole vault and will go to state with an eye on placing in the top six. Basham ran a 2:31 in the 800-meter run at the district meet to place fifth and will go to state as a member of the 1,600-meter medley relay team.    

    May 13, 2016: Heights eighth-graders Garret Howell and Maren Hough are at the state high school track meet as relay alternates for Piedra Vista High School!

   May 9, 2015: Heights eighth-grader McKinzey Allee ran 5:33.74 to place second in the 1,600-meter run at the District 5A high school track championships and qualify for next week's state track meet!

   April 17, 2014: Heights eighth-grader Cydnie Stock ran a personal best 48.74 seconds Friday in the 300 hurdles to qualify for the state finals in the 300 hurdles!
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   April 15, 2014: Two Heights eighth-graders have qualified to compete at the New Mexico high school track meet May 16-17, 2014, at the University of New Mexico track facility in Albuquerque.
   Cydnie Stock ran state qualifying times (49.29 and 49.34) in back-to-back weeks of the high school season after our Basin championships, so she will compete in the 300-meter hurdles.
   Hannah Sayyeau cleared the qualifying height (8-9) in the pole vault, so she will vault Saturday. She also ran 1:01.86 in the 400-meter dash to qualify to run the 400 at state.
   Good luck to both of our Heights Knights!
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The Knights celebrate their boys' and girls' championships in 2014 at Farmington High School.
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101212_54711_0.jpgIf you just like to run,
OR you would like to get in shape (even if you aren't the fastest person alive),
OR you would like to enjoy the social time at track meets,
OR you are strong and can throw a shot or discus,
41109_60613_0.jpgOr you can jump high or far,
OR you are willing to learn new skills,
OR you would like to learn to pole vault,
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OR you are faster than anyone your age, then see Mr. Leupold, Mr. Yllescas or Mr. Hall and let them know you are interested.

Here is a copy of the Heights track rules that the athlete and parents must fill out and sign:

Track rules 2017.pdf

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Out of eight teams in the San Juan Basin, in the past 15 years, the Heights track girls have been Basin champions in 2003, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, second in Basin in 2010, 2011 and 2017, third in Basin in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2013, and sixth in 2006 (4 1/2 points out of fourth). The eighth-grade girls outpointed Mesa View 147-133 for the city championship in 2005. The Knight girls also won the city championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Heights track boys won Basin championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, outpointing second-place Aztec Koogler 150-96.5 in 2013.
The Knight boys were in the running for the Basin title in 2007, falling just short to Aztec and taking second.
In other seasons, the boys were fourth at the Basin finals in 2003, second in 2004, fourth in 2005 and 2006, third in 2008, second in 2009, fourth in 2010, third in 2011, fifth in 2017, and sixth in 2012. Heights finished half a point out of third place and just 12 points out of first place in 2006. The Knight boys have been city champions in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The Heights eighth-graders have won the city overall championship -- the girls' and boys' points combined -- for the past 10 years. The Knight seventh-graders won the city trophy for most combined points from 2007 to 2013 and in 2015 and were second in 2014 and 2016.

Heights owns six Basin eighth-grade records.
In 2006, Josh Newsome blazed to Basin records in the 100-meter dash (11.02) and the 400 meters (52.13) and came within .02 of tying the 200-meter record when he ran a 23.02.
In 2010, Zhianna McDonald broke the Basin records in the 100-meter dash (12.42) and the 200 meters (26.37).
In 2014, the girls' 400-meter relay quartet of Ashley Brooks, Hannah Sayyeau, Keylie Kemple and Kayla Rodgers broke a 14-year-old record with a 53.36. (Basin records are rounded up to the nearest tenth, so the record stands as 53.4.) The old record, held in part by Coach Leupold's daughter, Amy, was 53.5.
In 2017, Bailey Rasmussen shattered the Basin record in the pole vault, clearing 9-6. Former Knight Sayyeau had held the record (8-1) since 2014.

In 2017, the Heights girls were second and the boys were fifth at the Basin meet after the Knights had swept the varsity and JV trophies at the city quad the week before.
At Basin at FHS, the girls had several champions. Bailey Rasmussen won the pole vault at 9-6, seventh-grader Allyson Herrod won the shot put with a heave of 29-1 1/2, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Juliana Bouren, seventh-grader Kylie Goodluck, Aubree Martinez and Jasmine Yanez won gold in 4:40.49.

In 2016, the Heights boys and girls swept the Basin titles in the meet held in Bloomfield. Here are the team scores:
Basin 2016 final scores.pdf
Here are the complete Basin results by event:
Basin 2016 individual and relay results.pdf
Heights boys winning events were Garret Howell with a 56.68 in the 400-meter dash, Alejandro Cazares with a 2:21.55 in the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter relay of Lance Smith, Josiah Montoya, Kobe Sandefer and Orlando Cazares with a 4:04.64, Tyler Roberts by clearing 9-0 in the pole vault, Aaron Schwab with a 38-3 in the shot put, and T.J. Bell with a 110-6 in the discus.
For the girls, Maren Hough won the 800 in 2:38.42 and Jaden Montoya won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.42 and the 300-meter hurdles in 50.74. Also, Montoya, Hough, Bailey Rasmussen and Lizbeth Holguin won the 800-meter relay in 2:00.18 and Danielle Lopez took the shot put with a throw of 29-9 1/2.

In 2015, the Heights boys and girls swept the Basin titles in the meet held in Aztec.
The team scores were as follows:
Boys: Heights 89, Koogler 83, Hermosa 82, Bloomfield 43, Tibbetts 41, Kirtland 37, Mesa View 23, TseBitAi 12
Girls: Heights 122.5, Bloomfield 88, Kirtland 67, Hermosa 45.5, Koogler 27, Mesa View 25, Tibbetts 21, TseBitAi 14

Basin Track Meet Results 2015.pdf

The Heights girls got Basin championships in the 800-meter relay from Jaden Montoya, Analluisa Mendoza, Sydney Williams and Maddisen Runyan (1:56.67), the 1,600-meter medley relay quartet of Sophia Hathenbruck, Bianca Myers, Williams and Katie Broten (4:45.88) and in the 1,600-meter relay from Perrie Whalen, Jensen Carpenter, Madi Cross and Maren Hough (4:38.13). Tayln Miller in the pole vault (7-6) and Amber Herrod in the shot put (28-9 1/2) and discus (90-1) won individual titles.
For the boys, Robert Lack in the discus throw (118-11) and Brayan Barajas in the pole vault (10-3) were individual Basin champions.

In 2014, the Heights boys and girls swept the Basin titles in the meet held at Farmington High School.


The boys won their second consecutive Basin title led by Jacob Brown and Isreal Murray. Brown won the 100-meter dash (11.83), the 200-meter dash (25.00), the 800 (2:12.92) and the triple jump with a leap of 37-6. The 800-meter time broke the Basin record. Murray won the high jump (5-0) and the 300-meter hurdles (43.43) and anchored the 400-meter relay with Makiah Soce, Anthony Bockman and Brady Brown that won gold in 49.54. Logan Cooper won the shot put with a heave of 37-3.
The Heights girls dominated the sprints: Keylie Kemple won the 100-meter dash in 12.87, Hannah Sayyeau took the 200-meter dash in 27.92, and Ashley Brooks won the 400 in 1:04.54. Brooks, Sayyeau, Kemple and Kayla Rodgers won the 400-meter relay in 53.36 while Haley Duran, Cydnie Stock, Maddisen Runyan and Kemple won the 800-meter relay in 1:55.92. Stock won the 300-meter hurdles in 50.75 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 30-4. Sayyeau won the pole vault at 8-1 (a Basin record), Kellie Hunter won the shot put at 29-3 and seventh-grader Amber Herrod won the discus at 77-5.

Basin track results 2014.pdf


In 2013, in Aztec, the Heights boys ran away from the competition in winning their first Basin title in years. The boys had six first-place finishes: Avery Norton with a 55.75 in the 400-meter dash, Jacob Brown with a 2:16.10 in the 800-meter run, Ben Van Otteson with a 5:11.80 in the 1,600-meter run, an 11:46.00 in the 3,200 and 9-0 in the pole vault, and Christian Chavez, Brown, Jarrett Graham, and Jonathan Reyes with a 4:01.08 in the 1,600-meter relay.
The Knight girls in 2013 won three gold medals: Hannah Sayyeau with a 28.78 in the 200-meter dash and a 2:39.41 in the 800-meter run, and Jazmin Hughes with an 18.36 in the 100-meter hurdles.
Basin track results 2013.pdf

In 2012, at FHS, the Heights girls claimed three first-place medals but won the team title by placing athletes in every event but one. Cassie Crowell won the 400-meter dash in 1:04.32. Tiara Vigil won the 300-meter hurdles in 50.94. Vigil, Taylor Campbell, Hannah Kelley and Autumn Begay won the 1,600-meter medley relay in 4:49.93.
Jeb Pinckley won the boys' 800 meters in 2:17.84 and the 1,600-meter medley relay quartet of Jack Nguyen, Christian Jones, Luke Ward and Lucais Martin took the gold medal in 4:15.08.
Basin track results 2012.pdf

In 2011, at Kirtland, the Heights girls earned three first-place medals. Jenna Brown won the 100-meter dash (12.82), Haleigh Lovato won the high jump (4-8), and Cassie Crowell, Tiara Vigil, Haleigh Lovato and Autumn Begay won the 800-meter relay (1:58.00.)
Joaquin Sais was the only Knight boy to win a gold medal, winning the 800 meters in 2:20.48.
Basin boys' results 2011.pdf

Basin girls' final results 2011.pdf


In 2010, at Bloomfield, Zhianna McDonald led the Knight girls with three gold medals, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Basin-record times and winning the 300-meter hurdles in 47.95 seconds. Seventh-grader Lydia Byrom had the other Knight gold medal, clearing 4-6 to win the high jump. The Knights also won two relays. Devin Franklin, Jacey Loleit, Felicia Jimson and Brianna Murphy won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:36.1, and Franklin, Loleit, Murphy, and 800-meter runner Natalie Wernig won the 1,600-meter medley relay in 4:49.0.
Tierney Staley, with a leap of 5-4 in the high jump, was the only Knight to earn a gold medal for the boys in 2010.
Basin Boys Results 2010.pdf
Basin Girls Results 2010.pdf


In 2009, at Aztec, Knight girls were on top of the medals stand twice. First, eighth-grader Laura Fodor successfully defended her 400-meter title, winning the event in 1:03.68. Then, seventh-graders Makayla Duncan, Felicia Jimson, Devin Franklin and Fodor won the 1,600-meter relay in 4:32.67, a Heights record by nine seconds.
The Heights boys got a double in the sprints and a hurdle gold medal from Jermey Klepac, who won the 100 in 12.05 seconds, the 200 in 25.11 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 44.00. The 1,600-meter medley relay team of seventh-grader Nick Varley, eighth-grader Austin Wagner, seventh-grader Matthew Martin and Jeremy Duran (in that order) won in 4:19.61. Duran outleaned an Aztec runner at the finish line to win it. Duran also won the pole vault, going 9-6 on his third attempt at that height.

In 2008, at Bloomfield, two Knight girls won individual Basin titles. Seventh-grader Laura Fodor won the 400-meter dash in 1:04.56 and classmate Lindsay Friesenhahn won the 3,200 in 13:03.02.
The Heights boys claimed three Basin blue ribbons. Daniel Lacey went 5-6 to win the high jump, Nick Pacheco ran 11:31.29 to win the 3,200, and Lacey, C.J. Klepac, John Mayes, and Aaron Murphy won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:58.75, with Murphy coming from behind to win in a dramatic photo-finish.

In 2007 at FHS, seven Knight girls won Basin crowns.
Kassie Campbell won the shot put with a heave of 27-5 and the discus with a throw of 74-11. Morgan Eddy won the 800 meters in 2:39.66 and anchored the 1,600 medley relay to gold in 4:59.18. Her teammates were Shea Berhost, Tica Perkins, and Reagan Cooper, who ran the 400 leg. Taylor Dexel's scintillating final lap of the 1,600-meter relay made her, Shantel Simmons, Berhost, and Cooper gold-medal winners as well. The time was 4:42.31.

The Heights boys had five individual Basin champions in 2007. Alex Gosar won the 400-meter dash in 57.51, seventh-grader Shane Woodson the 300 hurdles in 45.46, seventh-grader Daniel Lacey the high jump at 5-0, seventh-grader Shilo McCall the triple jump at 36-1, and Kevin Tohtsonie the discus at 120-2. Then McCall, Woodson, Lacey, and Gosar won the 1,600-meter relay in a school-record 3:57.12.

In 2006 at FHS, six Knights won Basin titles.
** Josh Newsome won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes and the long jump, claiming four gold medals. He went 18 feet, 1/2 inch to win the long jump.
** Sophie Foutz set the Heights record in the 100-meter hurdles, winning in 17.14 seconds.
** Eighth-grader Rebecca Kothe and seventh-graders Shea Berhost, Shantel Simmons, and Reagan Cooper won the 1,600-meter relay in 4:41.88, setting a Heights record.

In 2005 in Aztec, Heights had two individual Basin champions.
** Eighth-grader Heighley Sanchez went 30 feet, 4 1/2 inches to win the girls' triple jump, giving the school back-to-back Basin champions in the event.
** Josh Newsome won the boys' 100 meters, clocking an 11.5 as a seventh-grader.
In 2005, two Knight relays also won Basin crowns.
** The boys' 800-meter relay -- Cody Montgomery, Marcus Sewell, Thomas Miszkiel, and Josh Newsome -- won in 1:43.98.
** The Knight girls' 800-meter relay -- Anna Van Buskirk, Tyne Baade, Amanda Zmudzinski, and Heighley Sanchez -- also won their final, running a 2:00.21.

At Basin 2004 at FHS:
** Alex Rahimi went 36-6 in the triple jump to win the Basin championship.
** Heights' Evan Wirth ran a 2:18 to win the boys' 800 meters. It was the second consecutive year a Knight won the title.
** As a seventh-grader, the Knights' Kayla Garling won the 3,200 meters in 13:42.43.
** Josh Kernagis clocked a 46.21 to win the 300-meter hurdles.
  Heights also had relay champions.
** Heighley Sanchez, Kelleen Pettigrew, Kelsie Garcia, and Candice Page won the girls' 400-meter relay in 54.12.
** Jennifer Taylor, Garcia, Pettigrew, and Page (in that order) won the 800-meter relay in 1:57.07.
** After posting the fastest times in the 400- and 800-meter relays but getting disqualified for handoffs outside the zone, the Knight boys got the final two relays right and won Basin titles. With Tylan Berhost and Alex Rahimi running the 200s, Josh Kernagis the 400, and Evan Wirth the 800 leg, the Knights won the 1,600-meter medley in 4:08.58. Then seventh-grader Kevin Domrzalski and eighth-graders Timothy Haddock, Alex Morrow, and Artie Ruiz won the 1,600-meter relay in 4:06 to clinch the team second-place trophy.

In 2003 at Kirtland, for Heights:
** Bryan Gilbertson won the 400 meters in 56.79.
** Joe Applegate won the boys' 800 meters in 2:24.39.
** Kelleen Pettigrew won the triple jump as a seventh-grader, jumping 29-0 1/4.
** Jena Coolidge won the girls' 800 meters in 2:43.09 as a seventh-grader.
Heights also had Basin relay champions.
** Lauren Calcote, seventh-grader Michelle Russell, Deanna Hadley, and Meri Gibbs won the 400- and 800-meter relays. They ran 54.19 in the 400 relay and 1:57.21 in the 800 relay.
** Calcote, Russell, Sarah Miszkiel, and Jena Coolidge won the 1,600-meter medley in 5:00.94. Calcote was the only eighth-grader of the four.