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ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t supposed to go down this way.
The Class AAAA boys javelin competition wasn’t supposed to be much more than a formality. No one in the state had come within five feet of Ruben Martinez’s best toss of the modern day Roman spear.
Yet, after the first throw, Martinez was the one playing catch-up.
Saturday’s long-toss event, held in the nootime heat at the largest venue of its kind in the state, the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex, might have gotten overlooked with such a heavy favorite in the lineup, but Kirtland Central’s Wesley Whipple made it clear he wasn’t quite ready to concede anything, besting Martinez 169 feet, 7 inches to 169 feet, 3 inches.
Ruben Martinez isn’t unaccustomed to being in the spotlight by any means.
At the tender age of 12, Martinez was already being spoken of as a possible future baseball star with signs of a blazing fastball and a bat that could drive balls out of Lou Caveglia Field almost at will. He was a head taller and a good deal stronger than just about every one of his peers.
Other sports would be in his future, however.
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