After winning two events as a freshman at the region championships, Beatty’s Jose Granados swept the distance races as a sophomore, winning the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter events, the last two in record time.
The only way to improve upon that performance this year was to set records in all three.
So he did.
Granados rewrote the Class 1A Southern Region Championships record book in the distances last weekend at Moapa Valley High School in Overton, setting meet records in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 while helping the 4 x 800-meter relay team capture the region championship.
“I was nervous, but I was excited because I was trying to see where I stand,” Granados said. “This sets you up as far as what lane you go in for state, so I wanted to run fast times. Also, I had the record to try and break, and that’s what made me nervous.”
Granados shaved more than a second off of his 1,600 record, winning in 4:39.27, and beat the old 800 record by almost 4 seconds. He shattered his previous record in the 3,200, improving from 10:41.80 last year to 10:29.03 this year.
Granados is now a three-time champion in the 1,600 and 3,200. His winning marks from his freshman season, 4:53.39 in the 1,600 and 11:17.05 in the 3,200, both well ahead of the second-place finishers, show the strides he has made over the past two years. But to Granados, such improvement was expected.
“I think it’s easy to believe because of all the hard work I’ve been putting in,” he said.
Granados teamed with Alan Sandoval, Jovan Oseguera and Alfonso Sandoval to win the 4 x 800 in 9:26.77. He took the baton for the second leg in third place and quickly made up ground — Beatty coach Rusty Anderson told him he handed off the baton 170 meters ahead of the next runner — as the Hornets beat second-place Pahranagat Valley by almost 22 seconds.
Beatty also placed among the top three in the other three relays, earning entries in all four relays at state. Noel Gutierrez qualified in both hurdles events, winning the region title in the 300 in 42.51 and finishing third in the 110 in 17.59. Both marks are personal bests for the Beatty sophomore, who also placed fourth in the 100.
On the girls side, Beatty’s pole vaulters stole the show, as the Hornets swept the three qualifying positions for the state meet. Freshman Dayanna Sandoval won the event, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches, with sophomores Aphrodite Salazar (6-0) and Carmen Stephenson (5-9) right behind. All three marks were personal records.
Anderson was enthusiastic about the accomplishment, as all three of them are new to pole vaulting. “They are excellent young women who wanted to help the team,” he said. “Now, I think they love it.”
Senior Angie Altman qualified by finishing third in the 300 hurdles (59.88) and third in the triple jump (26-4.5), and she also will be going to state as a member of the 4 x 800 relay team. The Hornets will send competitors in all four relays to the state meet.
Class 1A Southern Region Track and Field
Boys team scores: 1. Spring Mountain 301, 2. Beatty 123, 3. Pahranagat Valley 116, 4. Tonopah 51, 5. Green Valley Christian 34, 6. Round Mountain 5, 7. Indian Springs 4.
Beatty state qualifiers
Jose Granados (800, 1,600, 3,200); Noel Gutierrez (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Max Taylor (high jump), 4 x 100 (Alan Sandoval, Jorge Leon, Adriel Oseguera, Gutierrez), 4 x 200 (Marcelo Garcia, Luiz Rodriguez, Joseph Taylor, Uriel Montoya), 4 x 400 (Oseguera, Alan Sandoval, Max Taylor, J. Taylor), 4 x 800 (Granados, Alan Sandoval, Jovan Oseguera, Alfonso Sandoval).
Girls team scores: 1. Tonopah 178, 2. Beatty 169, 3. Green Valley Christian 140, 4. Pahranagat Valley 76, 5. Round Mountain 16.
Beatty state qualifiers
Carmen Stephenson (100 hurdles, pole vault), Angie Altman (300 hurdles, triple jump), Dayanna Sandoval (pole vault), Aphrodite Salazar (pole vault), 4 x 100 (Seida Gutierrez, Cristal Lopez, Ana Maria Torres, Sandoval), 4 x 200 (Jasmin Wright, Salazar, Evelin Moreno, Pahola Castillo), 4 x 400 (Ashley Anderson, Castillo, Moreno, Wright), 4 x 800 (Altman, Torres, Alexia Oseguera, Joselyn Hernandez).