Mesa Vista Strikes Gold at State

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Mesa Vista High School's 1600-meter medley relay team to first place at the Class 2a state track and field meet May 11 at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque. The Trojan's time was 3 minues, 49.18 seconds. Team members are: Anthony Vigil, Damian Trujillo, Alejandro Trujillo, Dany Gollas.


By George Morse

Mesa Vista Strikes Gold

Mesa Vista High School brought back a gold medal May 11 from the Class A-3A state track and field meet. It took a team to do it.

Individually, the Mesa Vista boys didn’t bring home the bling. Running together as a team in the 1600-meter medley relay, Alejandro Trujillo, Anthony Vigil, Dany Gollas and Damian Trujillo took first place with a time of 3 minutes, 49.18 seconds.

The 1600-meter medley consists of two 200-meter legs, one 400-meter leg and a final 800-meter leg. It’s the 800-meter leg that provides the most excitement at the finish.

Alejandro Trujillo and Vigil ran the 200-meter legs, with Vigil handing off to Gollas for the 400-meter leg. Gollas then handed the baton to Damian Trujillo, who would run the 800-meter leg.

Damian Trujillo had something to prove. After finishing third last year in the individual 800-meter run, he was looking for another medal this year. It didn’t happen. He finished seventh this year and didn’t make it to the awards podium.

His teammates did their job in the first three legs of the 1600-meter medley, with Gollas handing him the baton with a chance to win. Trujillo was fifth  but it was a tightly-packed field. On the second lap of the 800-meter leg, Trujillo and Texico High School’s David Lopez made their move to catch Capitan High School’s Wyatt Griffin. In the final 100-meters, Lopez and Trujillo passed Griffin and it was a two-man race to the finish line. Trujillo dove across the line in a final effort to stay ahead of Lopez.

There was a long wait before the official results were posted. Trujillo had taken first place by the slimmest of margins, crossing the finish line .005 seconds ahead of Lopez. He celebrated with his teammates.

“I had to prove a point,” Trujillo said. “I wouldn’t be anywhere without these guys.”

Mesa Vista’s Abrianna Griego didn’t have much company at state this year. After winning the 200-meter and 400-meter races last year at state, Griego has had a tough time training this year. She was the only girl to qualify for state this year from Mesa Vista. The competition would be tougher this year with the addition of several schools to the Class 2A field.

“My coach pretty much left me on my own this year,” she said. “I knew it was going to be hard.”

Griego didn’t qualify for the finals this year in the 200-meter dash. In the finals of the 400-meter dash, she took fourth place. Last year, she could have run in the 800-meter run, but her then coach decided to have her concentrate on the 200-meter and 400-meter. This year, she did run the 800-meter and ended up taking third place.  

“I’m glad I won last year,” Griego said. “I’m glad I ran the 800 this year. I ran my best time by eight seconds.”

Damian Trujillo of Mesa Vista ran the 800-meter annchor leg of the 1600-meter medley team for the Trojans.