Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Moriarty Gets Its Day in Sun As Boys Take 2nd in District.(Mountain View)

Byline: Tim Menicutch Journal Staff Writer

The Moriarty High boys didn't just step out of a shadow at Friday night's District 4-4A track and field championships. They strode into the limelight.

Beclouded by the tremendous success of their Moriarty female counterparts the past several seasons, the boys team finally felt the sunshine.

The Class 4A track and field district is considered one of the toughest in the state, and the Pintos put together a record-breaking night to finish second behind invincible Albuquerque Academy at the district finals on a outrageously windy night in Moriarty.

Academy, the overwhelming favorite for the title at this weekend's 4A state finals in Alamogordo, scored 170 points. Moriarty had 114 and upset speed-laden Artesia at 98 for second place.

"Artesia had a little bad luck," said Moriarty coach Joe Bailey. "They were disqualified in the 1,600 relay, and they didn't handle the weather as well as we did."

If the blustery conditions bothered the Pintos, they sure didn't show it. In fact, Moriarty eclipsed four school records.

"It's hard to admit that we were a little jealous of the girls team. We always want them to do well," said senior Kris Grano, who broke the 1996 school record by 6/100ths of a second when he captured the 400-meter run with a time of 48. …

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