Taos Tigers excel at Capital City Invite and Sepulveda meets

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 4/25/19

By Sheila Miller sports@taosnews.comSaturday (April 20) at the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe the Tigers track team was able to enjoy beautiful weather for the first time all season. The clouds blew …

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Taos Tigers excel at Capital City Invite and Sepulveda meets

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Saturday (April 20) at the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe the Tigers track team was able to enjoy beautiful weather for the first time all season. The clouds blew over a time or two and the afternoon had a bit of wind, but on the whole it was a great day to be outside.

The nice weather was especially welcome given the pace of the meet, which lasted the entire day due not to the number of schools at the meet (20), but to the extended time between heats. Circumstances around the use of the automatic timing system - which hiccuped and threatened to collapse somewhere around 2 p.m., halting all races for at least a quarter of an hour, only to revive and be just as slow as before - forced the officials to pause for at least five minutes between every heat. Given that there are 12 track events, some of which had as many as 15 heats between boys and girls, it added up to a long and tiring day for athletes.

With such extensive and unpredictable lags between heats, it was difficult for athletes to time their warm-ups, caloric intake and rest. Still, the Tigers had a good day.

St. Michael's took the top team spot among both boys and girls, followed by Santa Rosa for boys and Santa Fe High School for girls. The Taos Tiger and Lady Tigers teams placed third.

Athletes who were also competing on Monday participated in fewer events than usual on Saturday, but there were still many strong performances from Taos.

Boys

Taos boys dominated the top spots in the 200 meters and 400 meters, nabbing second (Abdul Khweis), fourth (Jonathan Garcia) and fifth (Missael Hermosillo) in the 200, and first (Garcia), second (Hermosillo) and fourth (Adrian Rodriguez) in the 400. Jonah Vigil won the 100 with a new personal best of 10.85 seconds. Justin Good won the discus and took fifth in javelin.

Girls

Alyx Mastor won second in the 1600 meter with a 5:42.91 and also qualified for state in pole vault by clearing 8 feet 6 inches. Abigail Gunter placed third in the 100 meter hurdles. The Lady Tigers throwers had a fantastic meet. Estrella Madrid, Larissa Duran and Noelle Good dominated the discus, finishing second, third and sixth, respectively, and Emily Cordova, Madelyn Quintana and Good took third, fifth and sixth in the javelin. Faith Powell won the high jump and Quintana and Enrika Vigil tied for seventh. Grace Goler placed eighth in the triple jump.

Sepulveda Meet

At the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on Monday (April 22), Taos All Star athletes shone in spite of the blustery weather. This year, athletes were only allowed to compete in their top two events, whereas in past years they could compete in up to four, if they qualified.

Jonah Vigil and Faith Powell each won both of their events. Vigil won the 400-meter dash and the long jump, while Powell took the high jump and triple jump. Abigail Gunther placed second in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet 6 inches, tying her personal best, and placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Abdul Khweis finished ninth in the 800 meters.

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