Coronado’s Alia Vigil took third place in the 100-meter dash. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Local Athletes Earn Medals, Aim For Future Golds
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
While local athletes Mesa Vista High School’s Frankie Ortiz, Escalante High School’s Waylon Hinds and Hailey Whitaker and the members of McCurdy Charter School’s 800-meter relay team (Marcos Gonzales, Ernesto Martinez, Jayson Bustos, Gabriel Huerta) came home with the gold from the Class A-3A state track and field meet, there were other area athletes who stood on the podium to receive medals for finishing in the top six in their respective events. Their gold medals are still to come.
Coronado High School sophomore Alia Vigil already has one gold medal, earned last year for winning the Class A girls 400-meter dash. This year, she learned the reality of how an injury can prevent an athlete from performing at their best. After suffering a muscle pull last month, Vigil tried her best to return to the top of the awards podium. She took third in 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, as well as fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Coronado’s Alia Vigil (Number 5) finished fourth in the 200-meter dash, won by Melrose’s Nataley Mondragon. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Another athlete from Coronado, junior Soledad (Sol) Vigil, took fifth in the 800-meter run and fifth in the 1600-meter run. She added a sixth-place finish in the triple jump
For the Coronado boys, junior Alonso Lovato took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Coronado High School’s Sol Vigil , shown here in third place, took fifth in the 800-meter run..Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Mesa Vista junior Brian Gollas turned in his best times of the year while earning second place in the 1600-meter run and fourth in the 3200-meter run.
Mesa Vista’s Brian Gollas couldn’t catch Hagerman’s Martin Flores and finished second in the 1600-meter run. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
For the Lady Trojans, junior Abrianna Griego took second in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Escalante sophomore A. J. Blea took third place in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. He was also a member of Escalantes’s 400-meter relay, which took fifth place, and the Lobos’ fourth place 800-meter relay team.
Escalante junior Anthony Paul Martinez took fifth place in the 200-meter dash. Martinez was also a member of the 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams.
Juniors Johnny Samora took third in the shot put and junior Santiago Gonzales took sixth in the triple jump.
Escalante seniors Joseph Martinez and Devon Abeyta finished their careers running on Escalante’s relay teams. Martinez was a member of the 800-meter relay and Abeyta ran on the 400-meter relay.
For the Lady Lobos, sophomore Aubrie Hinds took sixth in the 400-meter run. Senior Tori Salazar was sixth in the shot put.
McCurdy Charter School sophomore Ernesto Martinez took fifth in the 100-meter dash. Sophomore Gabriel Huerta was fifth in the 200-meter dash.
For the Lady Bobcats, seniors Katelyn Tafoya and Ariana Griego finished their careers finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin.
Penasco High School freshman Carly Gonzales took sixth in the 800-meter run and 3200-meter run for the Lady Panthers.
Two athletes who deserve recognition and who hail from the northern part of New Mexico deserve mention for finishing their careers in outstanding fashion.
Questa High School senior Helena Padilla finished her outstanding career for the Lady Wildcats with gold medals in both the long jump and the triple jump.
Mora High School senior Natalia Marrufo took gold medals in the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run, as well as a second-place finish in the 800-meter run. Her finish in the 3200-meter run was an inspiring example of the heart of an athlete. She collapsed after crossing the finish line gasping for breath and had to be helped from the track. She had her gold medal in her last high school race.