Top 25 Athletes: Helena Padilla

By Arcenio J. Trujillo
Posted 7/19/17

Lady Cat senior, Helena Padilla was a two-time state champion in track and field, and a powerful force in volleyball and basketball. A shoe-in for Top 25 acclaim.

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Top 25 Athletes: Helena Padilla


Helena Padilla, Questa High School senior. Padilla was a three-sport athlete in 2016-17, playing in the outside hitter position in volleyball for coach Michelle Spears, power forward in basketball for coach Monica Archuleta and as a multi-event track star for coaches Paul Passino and Deluvina Sanchez. In track, she earned two individual state championships for the Lady Cats. In the long jump, Padilla defended her state title from a year ago with a jump of 16 feet, 7.5 inches. She also brought home the gold in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 6.5 inches. Padilla has been competing in the long jump since she was an eighth-grader.

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