Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Monarchs Take 13th at State.(Mountain View)

Byline: Tim Menicutch Journal Staff Writer

STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Manzano High track and field coach Mark Koski woke javelin thrower Breck Vernon early Saturday morning.

"I wanted him wide awake," said Koski. "I got him up early and got him going."

The old saying about the early bird catching the worm must be true. Vernon heaved the javelin 173-1 -- his best throw since early in the season -- on his first attempt of the day and finished third at the Class 5A state track and field championships in Alamogordo.

Vernon, a junior and a Tijeras resident, missed first place by only 38 inches.

The javelin throw, which started at 8 a. …

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