Correction: The time mentioned in the Taos News' April 12, 2018 edition garnered by Jonah Vigil of 22.28 seconds at Rio Rancho was incorrect. Rather, his time of 48.28 seconds - which is two one-hundreths of a second faster than the time recorded by Sean King of Oñate High School in 1991 - is the correct time. The Taos News sports editor regrets the error. The updated information is contained within the story below.
The Taos Tigers boys track and field team have been busy in the past nine days attending the Golden Spike Classic in Santa Fe April 3-4 and the Rio Rancho Invitational April 7.
The two meets proved fruitful for several athletes who produced wins and left their respective marks on the Taos High School record books. The Tigers finished second out of 12 teams at the Golden Spike and fourth in Rio Rancho.
Currently, the top performer in a Taos Tigers uniform is Jonah Vigil. He continues to earn first-place finishes and is threatening to overtake record-holders in multiple speed events.
Vigil obtained three personal records in the two meets, which translates to new season and school records he previously held. He is on the verge of setting new Class 4A records in the state in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.
The junior came in first in the 100-meter dash at both meets with a time of 11.08 seconds at the Golden Spike and 10.82 in Rio Rancho. Vigil finished just over two-tenths of a second behind the current state leader, James Hillard from Lovington, who owns the fastest time of 10.60 set in 1984.
In the 200-meter dash, Vigil earned first place with a time of 21.90 seconds in Santa Fe, but did not run in the event in Rio Rancho. The state record in the 200 dash is 21.20 seconds, also set by Hillard in 1984. Constantly improving on his form and technique, Vigil is poised to overtake Hillard in this event too.
Finally, in the 400-meter dash, Vigil ran his fastest ever race in this event at Rio Rancho and posted a time two-one hundredths of a second faster than the current record of 48.30 seconds. His 48.28 makes him the fastest runner in this event in Class 4A. However, to lay claim to the state record, Vigil must accomplish the feat at the state meet (either a preliminary or final race).
Vigil has also qualified for state in the long jump and leads all qualifiers with his performance at the Aztec Top Gun with a distance of 22 feet, 11 inches.
Other athletes finding success over the weekend include: John Olivas who earned a first in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 8.25 inches, a personal record for him. Abdul Kwheiss also earned a personal record and a victory in the 400-meter dash at the Golden Spike with a time of 53.20 seconds.
Justin Good continues to improve in his respective throwing events and recorded personal bests in the discus, with a throw of 126 feet, 5 inches (fourth-place), and in the javelin, with a distance of 128 feet, 11 inches. Both accomplishments occurred at the Rio Rancho event.
In other field events, Dominic Lopez came in tenth in the 12-pound shot put and claimed a personal record in the process.
Taos' 4x100 relay team of Vigil, Jonathan Garcia, Nathaniel Martinez and Olivas bolted to the winner's circle with a time of 44.64 seconds, earning the top qualifying time in the state. The 4x400 relay team consisting of Khweiss, John Esquibel, Vigil and Alejandro Salazar controlled the event with a time of 3:24.87.
On the docket for the boys are two more back-to-back meets, including the Robertson (Las Vegas) Invitational today (April 12) and the Capital City Invite in Santa Fe (April 14). On Monday (April 16), the Marylin Sepulveda will take place in Albuquerque, but only a select few athletes will be invited to this exclusive gathering. The Taos Tiger Relays are slated to take place April 21. It will be the second-to-last meet of the 2018 season before the Districts 2-4A meet May 5. The state championships are scheduled to follow May 11-12.