The Taos Track team traveled to the Rio Rancho Invitational on Saturday (April 13). The Tigers were only one of four 4A schools at the meet, which also included Los …
The Taos Track team traveled to the Rio Rancho Invitational on Saturday (April 13). The Tigers were only one of four 4A schools at the meet, which also included Los Alamos, Del Norte and Hope Christian. The other eight schools were 5A, including the hosts, Rio Rancho, as well as Albuquerque High School, Carlsbad, Eldorado, Manzano, Sandia, Santa Fe and Volcano Vista.
On both the boys' side and the girls', the only 4A team to beat the Tigers was Los Alamos, who won the boys' meet and took second among the girls. The Tigers finished sixth and the Lady Tigers fourth.
Here are a few of the standout performances from Taos athletes at the meet.
Jonathan Garcia finished sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.52 seconds. Jonah Vigil won the 200 in 21.52 with Missael Hermosillo coming in seventh in 23.47. Nathaniel Martinez was only .32 seconds behind Hermosillo, finishing in 23.75. Tigers took four of the top seven spots in the 400 meters. Vigil dominated with a 47.78 finish. Abdul Khweis got third, Garcia fourth and Adrian Rodriguez seventh. Derrick Chacon placed ninth in the 110-meter hurdles and tenth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Justin Good collected a first-place toss of 139 feet 4.5 inches in discus and a fourth-place throw of 149 feet 9 inches in javelin.
Faith Powell ran the second-fasted time in the 200 meters - a 26.42 and won the 400 meters with a 59.52. Alyx Mastor placed third in the 1600, completing the race in 5 minutes 34.37 seconds. Ella Katz also beat 6 minutes with a 5:59.43 finish. Abigail Gunter won second in the 100-meter hurdles and third place in the 300-meter hurdles. The ladies 4 x 400 relay team composed of Gunther, Powell, Mastor and Trina Karlberg won third.
Powell won the high jump with a height of 5 feet 2 inches and finished second in the triple jump. Abigail Gunther won the pole vault. Her 11-foot vault was a full foot higher than the next nearest of 10 feet.
Next week the Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe.
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