• December 19, 2014

Track & Field Buffs’ Pena, Navarro each win pair of golds in Florence meet

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:29 am

FLORENCE — Home field advantage may be associated more with the gridiron, but Thursday, Florence’s Alfredo Pena and Jacob Navarro took advantage of the familiar confines of Stampede Stadium. 

Pena tore it up on the track and Navarro was fantastic in the field as both won a pair of gold medals during the Buffalo Relays.

“I was pleased,” Florence boys track coach Danny Wood said. “The kids competed well and I was pleased in a lot of areas that showed improvement. I was pretty pleased with the outcome of it all.”

Pena won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 48.12 seconds, and the 3,200 run in 10:47.47. He qualified for the regional track meet last spring in those events and was a cross-country state qualifier last fall.

“He has run his best times this year, so we’re hoping he can get past regionals this year,” Wood said.

Navarro was the top finisher in the shot put with a distance of 46 feet, 2 inches and won the discus with a toss of 133-8¾.

Navarro is making a return to the track team after not throwing as a junior last season.

Bradley Koenig earned a first-place finish in the boys 400 (53.86).

Koenig joined Pena, Jojo Ramirez and Luis Olalde on the 1,600 relay, where the quartet took gold (3:36.42). Ramirez and Olalde teamed with Lendell Freeman and Fernando Ortiz to finish second in the 800 relay (1:35.43).

The Lady Buffs relay team was also successful in the 400 as Mackenzie Futrell, Candi Ortiz, Harlie Bryne and Peyton Thomas finished second (53.02). The group also finished fourth in the 1,600 relay (1:56.20).

The Lady Buffs were running the 1,600 for the first time this season and girls head coach Will McNeil feels this will help the Lady Buffs in the long run.

“That gave us a mark to work from and just running that four-by-four and getting those relay points is going to help us in district also,” McNeil said.

The Florence track team travels to Crawford on Thursday.

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