Perfect Storm!

Cleveland Snares Three Spring State Titles
Posted on 05/17/2017

State track with trophy

Why are these people smiling? Maybe it’s because they are the champions! (Cue the “We Are the Champions” music in your head.)

Track and Field

CHS boys trackThe Cleveland Storm boys and girls track teams both triumphed in the state 6A state track and field meet. The girls win was expected: their 112-point total was more than double that of their nearest competitors. The boys were more of a surprise: they eked out the title in the last leg of the very last race.  In addition to the team titles, the Storm athletes took home a slew of individual medals.  

In the eight seasons since Cleveland High opened, the school has established itself as a powerhouse in track and field.  The CHS boys have won five of the last six state big school titles, and the Storm girls have come home with the blue trophy four times in six years. 

The Rio Rancho Rams also had a fine track and field season.  Both the boys and girls teams finished just off the podium. 


The Storm is also a power in golf: for the third time in four years the Cleveland boys golf team brought home the 6A state title.

Jacque GallowayThe Cleveland girls team came in as the defending champions, but had to settle for third.  However, the Storm kept their stranglehold on the individual girls golf crown.  Jacque Galloway (at left) dominated the individual girls tournament and defended her state championship, notching the low score not only for 6A but for all classifications.   Teammate Elexiss Gutierrez was runner-up.   Jacque and her sister Dominique have taken the last five individual state 6A titles. 


CHS baseballThey've been close before, but this year, for the first time, the Storm baseball team made it to the state championship game.   That’s the good news. The bad news is that their opponent was La Cueva, ranked in the top 10 nationally among high school baseball teams. The Storm mounted a spirited challenge through the early innings, but finally had to settle for a 10-4 loss and the red runner-up trophy. The Storm softball team made a deep playoff run before getting knocked out just short of the semis.

The Rio Rancho Rams baseball squad also strongly contended this year, following up their state finals appearance last year with a trip to the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Rams faced La Cueva in the quarterfinals, where they gave the Bears (temporary) heart failure before falling 1-0.