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Alanis wins hurdles at Sagamore indoors

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HAND OFF: Frankfort’s Michael Hernandez, center, hands the baton to teammate Tyler Harness in a preliminary heat of the 4x200 relay during Friday’s Sagamore Conference Indoor Meet at Wabash College.
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SHOT PUT: Frankfort’s Logan Tillman throws the shot put during Friday’s Sagamore Conference Meet at Wabash College. She finished 13th, with teammates Ella Myers taking third and Mariso Cervantes Zamora taking sixth.
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FRANKFORT FROSH: Frankfort freshmen Payton Dubree, left, and Mia Hernandez both advanced out of this preliminary heat of the 60-meter hurdles to the finals at the Sagamore Conference Indoor Meet. The Hot Dogs’ Nallely Alanis won the event in 9.67 seconds, with Dubree (sixth in 11.55) and Hernandez (eighth in 12.05) giving Frankfort three of the top eight spots.
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STRONG DASH: Frankfort’s Manny Garcia, left, finished second in the 60-meter dash behind Western Boone’s Logan Benson (not shown) at Friday’s Sagamore Conference Indoor Meet
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CLOSE FINISH: Frankfort’s Nallely Alanis, center, just missed winning the 60-meter dash at Friday’s Sagamore Conference Indoor Meet at Wabash College, finishing second to Lebanon’s Hallie Montgomery, left, with Western Boone’s Anaiha Baxter, right, finishing fifth. Alanis did win the 60-meter hurdles.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort’s Nallely Alanis was the only individual winner for the school during Friday’s Sagamore Conference Indoor track meet at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, but the Hot Dogs had several other high finishers and saw improvement in most relays from a year ago during the event.

“After seeing the results, every single A relay squad this year ran faster than every A relay squad last year,” Frankfort head coach Tim Galati noted.

Galati, in his first year coaching the track team, is still getting familiar with the job and his athletes on the team, so this precursor meet to the outdoor season that begins April 2 at home against Clinton Prairie and Western Boone is providing him with information and education.

“We just want to look at where we improved from a year ago so that we have a starting point that will hopefully help us do better at the end of the season compared to last season as well,” he said.

“This will be my first time for (coaching) track,” Galati noted. “I’ve been cross country since 2003, but never did track until now.

“It’s just challenging in that it’s obviously a much bigger group of people than cross country, so just the organizational aspect is a little difficult at first to get a hang of things. Plus, it helps to have a really good coaching staff that has lots of good experience and knowledge that I don’t have to be very hands-on with the other events.

“They know what they are doing with the other events and they can take care of those outside of distance running,” Galati said.

Frankfort may not have a state champion on its roster this year, as it did last year when now graduated Colton Crum won state in the pole vault, but Galati likes the depth he’s seeing early in the season. He noted about 90 students came out for the team this year.

“We’ve had a lot of new guys and girls helping us out this year, like first-time members stepping up and helping us as a team,” he said.

Take the one individual event won by Alanis for the Hot Dogs. She edged Tri-West’s Payton Waling (9.67 seconds to 9.68) for the conference indoor title, but Frankfort also had two freshmen in Payton Dubree and Mia Hernandez advance past the preliminaries and earn points for the Hot Dogs in the final. Dubree finished sixth in 11.55 and Hernandez eighth in 12.05, giving Frankfort three of the top eight spots in the eight-team conference.

Frankfort had several other athletes advance to the finals and gain points. Alanis herself took second (8.36) in the 60-meter dash, finishing just behind Lebanon’s Hallie Montgomery (8.16). Freshman Karim Quinones took seventh in 8.75.

Galati said it’s too early to tell if Alanis or any Frankfort track athletes could advance to state or deep into the tournament during the outdoor season, but Alanis has a good shot of doing so for the short indoor season.

“The state meet I don’t know, we’ll just have to wait and see what all the other sectional and regional times are to know how that will look,” he noted. “Hoosier State Relays (indoor) ... I think right now the only person that is looking really good to qualify is Nallely in the hurdles.

“She might have lowered her time today from what she did last week at Purdue, but I know with what she did last week at Purdue she was in the top 20 in the state. She’s probably a little better than that now. She should still be on the list. We’ll know for sure next week when they post all of the top times in the state.”

Galati wanted to take a closer look at Friday’s results before singling out anybody, but he noted two runners that appeared strong to this point. He’s very familiar with distance runner Hugo Hernandez, who was the top runner on his cross-country team this fall.

“As far as distance runners go, Hugo has definitely looked really good,” he said. “Also, Manny (Garcia) looked really good in the sprints.

“As far as the field events, I’m not sure yet. Some of the field events they haven’t had any practice yet so we didn’t fill all the events in that. It will get to be known when we get into the outdoor season and can actually practice outdoors.”

Garcia was edged by Western Boone’s Logan Benson (7.28 to 7.37) to finish second in the 60-meter dash.

Other Hot Dog boys with top-eight finishes at the conference indoor meet as individuals included Evan Jordan (second in the high jump, clearing 6’2”), Zeke VanDeventer (sixth in the shot put at 40’6”), Bryan Longoria-Rocha (eighth in the 3,200-meter run at 12:07.18), Miguel Cardenas (seventh in the 60-meter hurdles at 10.79), Alex Hernandez (eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at 11.44) and freshman Sam Michael (eighth in the long jump at 17’6”).

Other individual girls making the finals or scoring points were Ella Myers (third in the shot put at 30’9”), Alysha Ramey (fourth in the high jump at 4’6,” the same height as second but with a missed attempt), Quinones (fifth in the long jump at 13’8.5”), Mariso Cervantes Zamora (sixth in the shot put at 29’2.5”), Lizbeth Barriga (sixth in the high jump at 4’2”) and Amber Houchen (seventh in the high jump at 4’0”).

Galati did not run Hernandez in the 3,200 individually after he ran it at last weekend’s West Lafayette Individual Qualifier Meet.

“He did a 3,200 last weekend at Purdue separately, but he just did the 4x800 and distance medley today,” he said. “We’re just focusing on our strongest relays and not focusing as much on the distance events.”

Frankfort’s girls had their highest finish (second) in the 4x800 relay (Christina Espidio, Ingrid Guijosa Valdes, Lizbeth Barriga, Carina Alanis, Blazie Sallee and Diana Mora with two of them as alternates). The girls also took fourth in the distance medley (Carina Alanis, Barriga, Espidio, Mora, Sallee, Jessenia Ramos and Janet Martinez with three alternates) and sixth in the 4x200 (Alyssa Kelly, Quinones, Ingrid Guijosa Valdes, Alanis, Dubree and Alysha Ramey with two alternates) and 4x400 (Kiyomi Perkins, Mora, Ramos, Dubree, Guijosa Valdes, Christina Espidio and Barriga with three alternates).

Third in the 4x800 was the top finish for the boys (Cristian Arsenio-Mora, Kevin Wilkins, Yobani Trenado Alanis, Josue Bautista Ventura, Brian Pratt and Hernandez with two alternates). The Hot Dogs also finished fourth in the 4x200 (Joe Diaz, Andric Mullinax, Michael, Garcia and Natan Ramirez Hernandez with one alternate) and the distance medley (Hernandez, Pratt, Trenado Alanis, Wilkins, Bautista Ventura, Arsenio-Mora and Longoria-Rocha with three alternates). The boys took sixth in the 4x400 (Diaz, Bautista Ventura, Alex Kimbowa, Jacob Craig, Pratt and Marco Cruz-Rojas with two alternates).