Mesa Vista’s Griego Wins 200, 400 At State

by Staff Reporter / May 14, 2018 / comments
Mesa Vista’s Abrianna Griego won the 200-meter dash at the 2018 Class A-3A state track and field meet. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Mesa Vista’s Griego Wins 200, 400 At State

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Mesa Vista High School junior Abrianna Griego had a bad memory from the 2017 Class A-3A state track and field meet. She had finished second in the 400-meter dash. She realized that she couldn’t settle for second best this year.

“This was definitely the year to do it,” Griego said. “It’s going to be tough next year.”

Griego had the fastest state-qualifying time in the 400-meter dash coming into the 2018 Class A-3A state track and field meet at the Great Friends of UNM track and field facilities in Albuquerque. However, in the preliminary heats two  runners from rival Escalante High School posted faster times going into the finals.

Prior to the finals, Griego also had a decision to make. She had also run a state-qualifying time in the 800-meter run. On the day of the finals (May 5), the 800-meter run would be held before the finals of the 400-meter dash. Griego would have just 90 minutes of rest before running the 400-meter dash.

“I couldn’t make a decision,” Griego said. “My Coach made it.”

Mesa Vista’s Aubrianna Griego took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.67. She was well-ahead of her competition. Escalante’s Aubrie Hinds (left) took second place. Escalante’s Reina Terrazas, an eighth-grader, took third place. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Mesa Vista Coach Tre Drinkard decided Griego would not run the 800-meter run.

“She can run the 800-meter her senior year,” Coach Drinkard said.

With a fresh pair of legs, Griego blew away her competition in the 400-meter dash finals. Griego took first place with a time of one minute, 1.67 seconds. Her competition, Escalante’s Aubrie Hinds and Reina Terrazas, finished second and third, respectively. They were 3-4 seconds behind Griego.

Next up for Griego was the 200-meter dash. Although her competition was a little bit closer in this race, she still won the race with a time of 27.49 seconds. Megan Balok of Gateway Christian School was second in 27.55 seconds.

Despite not running the 800-meter run at state, Griego felt that it helped her in her other races.

“Running the 800 this year helped my 400 and 200,” she said.

Griego was right about next year being tougher than this year. All five of the top finishers in this year’s 400-meter dash were underclassmen and will likely return next season. Griego will have a target on her back.

If she keeps progressing like she has been, she’ll be up to the challenge. She went from seventh in the 400-meter dash as a freshman to second as a sophomore. Now a junior, she is a state champion. 

Griego scored all 14 of Mesa Vista’s team points at the 2018 state track and field meet. Teammate Maryssa Martin came up just short of a sixth-place medal, coming in seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet, 11.75 inches