Girls track and field: Ealey blasts shot put mark

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos High School record in girls shot put was obliterated Saturday and the athlete who broke it could set a mark that will never be touched before she’s through.

Chase Ealey’s first toss at Saturday’s Los Alamos Quadrangular sent the 22-year-old school mark in the shot put crumbling.

Ealey’s throw of 43 feet, 7-1/2 inches was more than 2-1/2 feet better than the longstanding LAHS record of 40-11 set by Mara Beverwyk in 1988.

Ealey, only a sophomore, is already making her mark as one of the premier track athletes in school history. Along with her record-setting throw Saturday, Ealey also came into this season as the reigning Class AAAA 100 meter champion.

Already three times this season, Ealey has run a time that would’ve broken the AAAA state mark.

New Mexico prep records, however, can only be set at the state championship meet. Ealey’s shot put throw Saturday also demolished the standing AAAA mark of 40 feet, 5 inches.

Prior to Saturday, Ealey had never personally eclipsed 40 feet in the event.

“I just threw farther,” she said. “Everything was the same, but I guess I just wanted to get to 40, and 43, that too.”

At the 2009 state championship meet, Ealey had a remarkable outing, also finishing second in shot along with her victory in the 100.

However, Ealey has been fighting a foot injury throughout the track season and much of this winter’s basketball season. The injury has been diagnosed as scar tissue, which has gotten inflamed several times and actually kept her out of the finals of the previous weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational – she ran a 12.20 in the preliminary heat of that event.

“It’s feeling fine now, but I pretty much know after the 100 and 4-by-1 it’s going to be hurting me,” she said. “(Afterward), I just ice it. Suck it up.”

Proving that her school record shot put toss was no fluke, Ealey followed it up one throw later with a toss of 42-3, the second-best mark in LAHS history. She won the event Saturday by more than 15 feet over runner-up Desirae Saiz of Belen.

Prior to Saturday, Ealey, who was already a serious threat to pull off a rather unusual double state championship, is the Class AAAA front-runner in both events. Ealey finished Saturday’s 100 meters in a blazing time of 12.14,

“I’m kind of excited because I’ve had a good start to the season,” Ealey said. “I hope I can take that to state.”