Fifteen Questa track athletes travel to state

Boys' Sprint Medley Team brings home state medal

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 5/16/19

The Questa track team sent an impressive 15 athletes to the state meet this weekend, Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at the University of New Mexico's Track and …

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Fifteen Questa track athletes travel to state

Boys' Sprint Medley Team brings home state medal

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Questa track team sent an impressive 15 athletes to the state meet this weekend, Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at the University of New Mexico's Track and Soccer complex in Albuquerque.

The six boys included Gabriel Hernandez, Mateo Medina, Matthew Rael, Miguel Romero, Dominic Torres and Derek Vialpando.

The nine girls were Christina Cisneros, Araceli Gonzales, Anastacia Gonzalez, Jordyn Martinez, Leah Martinez, Rebecca Medina, Monica Molina, Kiana Passino and Cherise Trujillo.

On the whole, the meet ran smoothly. Though the announcer pleaded with fans not to stand next to the railing so that seated spectators would have a view of the track, the enthusiasm of the fans overwhelmed his repeated requests. The railing was lined with fans from all teams for most of the day.

After the Class A girls' sprint medley, there was a half-hour lightning delay during which the stadium was evacuated. Fans were told to go to their cars in an orderly fashion.

They did. Calmly and quickly, the stadium emptied. In just an equally quick and orderly fashion, the fans poured back into the bleachers when the announcer gave the all clear.

Girls

The girls 4 x 100 relay team, consisting of Leah Martinez, Christina Cisneros, Monica Molina and Kiana Passino took first place at districts, winning themselves a spot in the preliminaries at state on Friday (May 10). They qualified for the finals, finishing seventh.

The girls 4 x 200 - Leah Martinez, Christina Cisneros, Jordyn Martinez and Kiana Passino - took second place at districts, and ran a 2:00.79 in Friday's preliminaries.

For Class 2A girls, the initial height of the pole vault was set at 7 feet. Araceli Gonzales and Rebecca Medina competed and Anastacia Gonzalez cleared both 7 and 7.5 but was stopped at 8 feet Saturday.

Cherise Trujillo took ninth in the discus throw with a 75-foot-1-inch throw and Anastacia Gonzales finished 13th in the triple jump with a maximum distance of 27 feet, 0.75 inches.

Boys

Miguel Romero ran a 12.26 second 100 meters in the preliminaries on Friday (May 10), missing the last spot in the finals by just over a 10th of a second. In the triple jump, he finished with a distance of 36 feet 6.5 inches.

Sophomore Medina and Freshman Rael competed in the pole vault, where the starting height, which neither of them cleared this year, was 9 feet 6 inches.

Vialpando narrowly missed the finals in the javelin throw with a 126-foot-9-inch toss, thrown not even five minutes after passing the baton to Romero in the 4 x 200 relay.

The Questa boys relay team of Gabriel Hernandez, Domonic Torres, Miguel Romero and Derek Vialpando qualified in two events: the 4 x 200 and the sprint medley, in which Hernandez ran the first 200, Torres the next 200, Romero the 400 and Vialpando the 800.

"Vialpando is one of the best 800 [meter] runners that Questa's ever had," said boys' head coach Miguel Romero.The boys' 4 x 200 team was dropping seconds with each race at state and ran well in the prelims and the finals. Unfortunately, an early exchange disqualified their finish at Saturday's finals.

The team won a sixth-place medal in the sprint medley with a time of 3:56.4. "I am so proud of them," coach Romero said of his boys.

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