The Douglas Bulldog and Lady Bulldog track teams were in Safford April 19 competing in an invitational track meet.
In the boys meet Bulldog track coach Ron Ellsworth reports there were 10 teams.
Safford came in first with 138 points, Morenci was second with 113, Thatcher third with 66, Tombstone fourth with 61 and Douglas fifth with 55.
Jesus Loreto placed fourth in the 800-meters turning in a time of 2:06.7.
Gus Melendez was eighth in the 1600 finishing with a time of 5:12.29. He was also sixth in the 3200 finishing with a time of 11:17.07.
Ralph Carrillo’s time of 17.28 seconds helped him finish fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles.
The Bulldogs 4x400 relay of Loreto, Moreno, H. Iniguez and J. Moreno placed third with a time of 3:36.93.
Alan Leyva won the long jump with a jump of 20’9”. Luis Padia was eighth with a 17’11”.
Leyva placed third in the triple jump with a 38’9”, Oscar Cruz was fourth with a 38’5” and Jose Merino seventh with a 36’8”.
In the girls meet Douglas’ track coach Donna Savill reports there were 15 teams and Douglas finished eighth with 42 points.
The Lady Bulldogs 4x800 relay team of Duarte, Hurtado, Blair and Loreto came in second with a time of 10:22 automatically qualifying them for state.
In the 100 hurdles Kayla Fields placed first with a 15:46. Melissa Rodriguez finished with a 17.73.
Fields and Rodriguez were first and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles turning in times of 45.84 and 50.34.
Laura Hurtado was seventh in the 1600 finishing with a time of 5:59.
In the 800-metes Karla Loreto was sixth with a time of 2:41 and Laura Blair eighth with a 2:43.
“We were missing some of our athletes due to injuries and grades,” Coach Savill said. “The athletes who did compete did a great job by improving their times and moving up on the state quaffing list. We have one more meet before state.”
On April 30 the DHS tricksters were in Benson competing at the “Last Chance Meet.”
State will take place May 10-11 at Mesa Community College.