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By The Staff

Gilna highlighted in Sports Illustrated

Local runner Gareth Gilna isn’t just a face in the crowd, he’s also one of the “Faces in the Crowd.”

Gilna is in this week’s Sports Illustrated, listed in the magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” feature for his recent sweep of the distance events at the Class AAAA state championship meet.

With his wins in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, Gilna became just the second male athlete in state history to complete the three-race sweep. His time in the 1,600 of 4:12.60, shattered the previous overall state record.

Gilna, who graduated this year and will attend the University of Washington, is also on the magazine’s video website, takkle.com/videofaces.

Local officiating group to work    All-Star football game

Longtime local sports official Kerry Coffelt will lead a local football officiating crew to the Class AAA All-Star football game.

The game is scheduled for Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M.

Coffelt is the crew’s referee. Along with Coffelt, umpire Greg Hanson, head linesman Alan Kirby, field judge Larry Vaughn and back judge Jon Hinckley will call the All-Star game.

Coffelt said it was the first time in recent memory a northern New Mexico crew would work an All-Star football game.

The game is hosted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

Sisters advance to regional track meet

Sisters Zoe and Chelsea Challacombe had another big showing to follow up their previous outing at the New Mexico Games.

The Challacombes finished with six top-three finishes combined at the state Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships, held June 20-21.

Those finishes qualified them for the Region X meet, which started earlier this week in Provo, Utah.

Zoe Challacombe won the bantam girls high jump competition with her mark of 3 feet, 6 inches and the bantam girls shot put with a throw of 16 feet, 8 inches.

Zoe was also third in the bantam girls 800 meters with her time of 2:56.36.

Chelsea Challacombe, meanwhile, took top honors in the midget girls high jump, clearing 4 feet, 7 inches.

Along with that win, Chelsea also took second place in her division in shot put (28-2 1/4) and third place in the 400 meters (1:09.92).