Taos Tigers track stars shine at two meets

By Sheila Miller sports@taosnews.com
Posted 4/10/19

The Tigers track team sent athletes to two meets last week: the Golden Spike Classic April 2-3 at Santa Fe High School and the Top Gun Invitational in Aztec. They …

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Taos Tigers track stars shine at two meets


The Tigers track team sent athletes to two meets last week: the Golden Spike Classic April 2-3 at Santa Fe High School and the Top Gun Invitational in Aztec.

They used the two meets to focus on getting top performances from athletes, and here are some highlights of each meet.

Golden Spike Classic


The Tigers took the top three spots in the 200 meters. Jonah Vigil won the race in 22.05 seconds – almost a full second under the state qualifying time of 23 seconds flat. Missael Hermosillo was 1.45 seconds behind him for second place in 23.55 seconds, just .55 seconds from the qualifying time. Jonathan Garcia was hot on Hermosillo’s heels, finishing in 23.76 seconds. Hurdler Josiah Duke finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles. Brian Moraga took sixth in the shot put and the Tigers dominated the top six spots of the discus: Justin Good finished second, Tyler Gomez fifth and Uriel Chavez sixth. Good secured third place in the javelin.


Freshman Jacqulyn Withers placed third in the shot put with a toss of 27 feet 11 inches. Taos took half the top six spots in both discus and javelin. Freshman Noelle Good won the discus with an 80-foot 2-inch throw. Estrella Madrid took fourth and Sarah Randall came in sixth. Senior Emily Cordova won the javelin with a 96-foot 5-inch throw and Madrid took the second spot. Freshman Madelyn Quintana placed sixth. Faith Powell won the high jump by clearing 5 feet 4 inches, a full 4 inches above the state qualifying height of 5 feet even. Quintana was just about there, taking fourth for clearing 4 feet 8 inches. Abigail Gunter won the pole vault and successfully cleared 11 feet 3 inches – a remarkable height just 3 inches less than the state record for 4A and one she bettered a few days later in Aztec. Freshman Alyx Mastor had the next-best height of 7 feet 6 inches.

Top Gun Invitational in Aztec


Jonah Vigil cleared the state qualifying time of 11.3 seconds with his winning 10.99 second 100 meter race. Adrian Rodriguez placed fourth in the 400 meters, finishing in 52.38 seconds. Qualifying for state in the 800 was Abdul Khweis, who placed third with a time of 2:01.36. Justin Madrid ran an impressive 4:40.38 in the 1600 meters, winning a second-place finish and barely 7 seconds from a place in the state meet. The Taos boys ran state qualifying times in three relays, the 4 x 100, the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400. They finished second in the 4 x 100-meter relay (Vigil, Hermosillo, Garcia and Nathaniel Martinez), second in the 4 x 200 with the same crew and won the 4 x 400 with Garcia, John Esquibel, Khweis and Vigil.

Justin Good’s discus sailed 130 feet 9 inches and the toss won him fifth place at the meet. Vigil won the long jump with 23 feet 2 inches, again qualifying for state and Hermosillo’s fourth-place jump of 20 feet even was just one foot away the qualifying distance. Madrid’s seventh-place triple jump was 40 feet 6.5 inches.


Faith Powell won four individual events, qualifying for state (again) in all four and ran on the winning 4 x 100 relay. She won the 200 meters in 26.69 seconds, the 400 meters in 59.37 seconds, the high jump with 5 feet 2 inches, the long jump with 17 feet 4 inches. The 4 x 100 relay composed of Jackie Jaggers, Abigail Gunther, Enrika Vigil and Powell won in 52.01 seconds.

In addition to the 4 x 100-meter relay, Gunther won the pole vault with a 4A state-record tying 11 feet 6 inches.

Freshman Alyx Mastor placed fifth in the 1600 with a time of 5:46.39, second in the 3200 in 12:13.30, and sixth in the pole vault with a height of 8 feet even.

The 4 x 400 meter relay composed of Trina Karlberg, Lilly Henderson, Salome Marsh and Dahnyell Martinez placed fourth in 4:39.44.


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