Quintana, Hall Score Points for Pojoaque Valley High School

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Pojoaque’s John Hall (#6) runs with the leaders in the 3200-meter run at the Class 4A-6A state track and field meet. Hall would come in fourth in the race, which was won by West Las Vegas’ Miguel Coca (#1). Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Quintana, Hall Score Points for Pojoaque Valley High School

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Junior John Hall and Pojoaque freshman Alicia Quintana scored points for Pojoaque at the 2018 Class 4A-6A state cross country meet May 12 at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque.

Hall had to wait until the next to last event, the 3200-meter run, before getting his chance to perform. With the sixth-fastest time coming into the meet. He would have to run his best to have a chance at a medal.

Right after the start, a group of six runners started to pull away from the pack, with Hall being among them. Midway throughc the eight-lap race, three runners started to pull away from the pack of six and Hall couldn’t stay with them. For the rest of the race, Hall ran pretty much all by himself in fourth place. That’s where he finished with a time of 10 minutes, 26.40 seconds

Pojoaque’s John Hall at the start of the Class 4A boys 3200-meter run. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

West Las Vegas High School’s Miguel Coca took first place, completing his sweep of the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter distance races at state. He also won the Class 4A state cross country championship in November. His time was 9 minutes, 51.83 seconds in the 3200-meter run.

“I did okay,” Hall said. “I just don’t know what happened. My body gave out. Maybe I took off a little too fast.”

Hall scored Pojoaque’s only three points at the state track and field meet.

“It felt good to represent and get points for Pojoaque,” he said.

For Hall, his high school goals are still in front of him.

“I want to break the school record in the two-mile and the mile,” Hall said. “This summer, I’m going to do a whole lot of training.”

For freshman Quintana, her good years are ahead of her. This year, she is just grateful to be running at all.

“I didn’t do track last season,” she said. “I had a serious back injury.”

​5412  Pojoaque freshman Alicia Quintana took sixth place in the 200-meter run at the Class 4A state rack and field meet. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post 

This season, Quintana started to hit her form as the season progressed. She recorded her first state-qualifying time in the 200-meter dash April 21 at Taos. She then turned in a state-qualifying time April 28in the 400-meter dash. Finally, she qualified for state in the 100-meter dash by winning that race at the District 2-4A meet May 5 in Taos.

“Not being able to run last year and not knowing what I was going to be able to do, I’m really proud of what I did,” she said.

Quintana was able to qualify for the finals in each of those events. She missed out on a sixth-place medal by just .02 seconds in the 100-meter dash. In the 400-meter dash, Quintana ran a strong race and took fifth place with a time of one minute, 1.52 seconds. Finally, after grabbing the eighth and last spot in the finals of the 200-meter dash, she was able to move up a take a sixth-place medal with a time of 27.78 seconds.

Quintana scored a total of three points for Pojoaque. Hopefully, there will be more in her future.

“I would love to go to college,” she said. “I just love running.”

 Taos High School’sJonah Vigil (shown winning the Class 4A 100-meter dash) won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash and the long jump at the Class 4A-6A state track and field meet. Vigil broke the state record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.01 seconds. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post 

Taos High School took first place in both the boys and girls team standings in Class 4A. It was the fifth state championship in a row for the Taos boys team. Taos junior Jonah Vigil had an outstanding meet and won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and the long jump. In the 400-meter dash, Vigil shattered the state-record time in the preliminary round, clocking an astonishing 47.01 seconds. That is the fastest time in all classes ever in state track meet history.