Megan Herrera qualifies for State in the 800 Meter Open. Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
Track & Field: Takes It To Taos
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
Valley area teams traveled to Taos for the Taos Tiger Relays, hosted by Taos High School April 22 at Taos. The Pojoaque Valley High School boys track and field team took third place at the meet, with the Elks scoring 74 points. Host Taos took first place with 141.5 points and St. Michael’s High School took second with 83 points.
Leading the way for Pojoaque were the Elks’ throwers. Terrell Calabaza took first in the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, 5.5 inches. Calabaza also took fourth in the javelin. Jonathon Chavez took first in the discus with a throw of 123 feet, 3 inches. Chavez was third in the shot put. Henry Roybal threw the javelin 142 feet, 1 inch to win that event and he took second in the discus behind Chavez.
Together, Pojoaque scored a total of 33 points in the throwing events.
The Elks 1600-meter medley relay team of Daniel Rael, Michael Ciddio, Isaiah Duran and Dominic Roybal took first place with a time of 3 minutes, 52.06 seconds. Pojoaque took second in the 1600-meter relay and fourth in the 800-meter relay.
Daniel Rael in the long jump. photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
Avery Torrez won the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 10.64 seconds. He was closely followed by teammate Sebastian Rubio, who finished second. Dominic Roybal, Torrez and John Hall finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the 1600-meter run, respectively. Hall also took sixth in the 3200-meter run.
So far this season, Calabaza is the only Pojoaque athlete to qualify for state in an individual event. He has a throw of 132 feet, 3 inches that is the best mark in the discus. His heave of 45 feet, 4.5 inches places him sixth in the shot put.
Pojoaque’s 1600-meter medley team of Duran, Derrick Knight, Dominic Roybal and Ciddio has qualified for state with a time of 3 minutes, 34 seconds. They are ranked second in the state.
Derrick Knight competes in the 4×4. photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
Meantime, for the Sundevils, the Espanola Valley High School’s Senior Antoin Curtis continued his unbeaten streak in the triple jump. Curtis took first place at Taos with a leap of 44 feet, 2 inches. He has taken first place in that event in every meet he has competed in. He has the longest state-qualifying jump of 44 feet, 9 inches in the state.
Curtis also took fifth in the long jump. Jaime Membreno was fourth in the 100-meter dash. Espanola’s 1600-meter medley relay team finished second and the Sundevils’ 400-meter relay team came in sixth.
The Espanola Valley High School boys track and field team finished sixth with 28 points at Taos.
The Pojoaque Valley girls track and field team took fourth place with 51.5 points. St. Michael’s came in first with 118 points.
The highlight of the meet was senior Megan Herrera running a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 31.97 seconds in the 800-meter run. She finished second. It marked the fifth straight year that Herrera, who began as an eighth-grader, has qualified for state. Herrera also finished fifth in the 1600-meter run.
Pojoaque took first place in the 800-meter relay and the 1600-meter medley relay, lowering their state-qualifying time in both events. The team of Star Torres, Arleth Beltran, Mariah Naranjo and Aubrey Aldaz won the 800-meter relay with a time of one minute, 51.53 seconds. The 1600-meter medley relay team of Haley Perez, Taylor Roybal, Espe Torres and Consuelo Quintana took first with a time of 4 minutes, 38.78 seconds.
The Elkettes took fourth place in the 400-meter relay and fifth in the 1600-meter relay. Pojoaque has qualified all four running relays for the Class 4A state track and field meet.
Aldaz took fourth in the 200-meter dash and tied for third in the high jump. Mariah Naranjo took fifth in the 40-meter dash and Jenae Bobchak was fifth in the 800-meter run.
Espanola Valley scored two points at Taos, all by junior Faith Trujillo. She finished sixth in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.
Megan Herrera. photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera