The Taos Tigers boys and girls track teams are quite literally on the homestretch as the 2018 season winds down with only a few meets left in which to qualify for state. The boys are the defending class 4A state champs and will be looking to pick up their fifth straight title under the guidance of Head Coach Benny Mitchell. The girls are poised to challenge past title winners and reclaim a title last attained in 2014.
The two teams entered the busiest week of their spring campaign with a triad of meets spaced two days apart in different cities. And while the entire squads did not attend all three events, the coaching staff did travel to each of the meets.
Meadow City Invite
Only a few athletes from both teams attended the Meadow City Invite held at Robertson (Las Vegas) April 12.
For the first time this season, the Tigers finished outside of the top five in team standings, coming in seventh with 31 total points. The Lady Tigers also traveled with a truncated team roster and ended the day in ninth place with 15 points.
Lone winners on the boys side included John Olivas, who won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.37 seconds, and Justin Good who also came away with an individual victory in the discus throw with a distance of 124 feet. The boys did not run any relay teams.
Capital City Invite
Going head-to-head against the Silver High School Colts for the first time this season, the Tigers got a glimpse of the competition that possibly awaits them when they return to state at the Capital City Invite April 14. Both the Tiger and Lady Tigers finished in second place behind Silver and ahead of St. Michael's.
The top five team results were as follows: Silver (85.5 points), Taos (77), St. Michael's (73), Robertson (38) and Cottonwood Classic Prep (37). The only other Class 4A teams in attendance were Santa Fe Indian School who finished eighth (20) and Pojoaque Elks who finished in 13th place (7).
On the girl's side, the top five team results were similar: Silver (91 points), Taos (59.08), St. Michael's (54.75), Cottonwood Classic Prep (47). and Santa Fe High School (39.75). Robertson came in ninth (16.75), Pojoaque Valley was 10th (14) and Santa Fe Indian School was 15th (5).
For the Lady Tigers, Cora Cannedy had a solid performance in the 800-meter run with a second place finish and a personal best time of 2:31.80. In the 3,200-meter run, Alyx Mastor and Ella Katz came in second and third, respectively, and Abigail Gunther captured the top spot in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Emily Cordova threw her personal best in the javelin with a toss that flew 107 feet, 1 inch to earn second place, and Madelynn Quintana pumped in additional team points with a pair of third place finishes in the triple jump and high jump.
On the boys side, Jonah Vigil picked up another victory in the 100-meter dash and Alejandro Salazar earned wins in the 110-meter hurdles (17.79 seconds) and the 800-meter run (2:03.07). His time in the 800 was his personal best. Salazar, Vigil, Powell, Cannedy and Gunther also participated in the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions April 16.
Next, the teams will host the Taos Tiger Relays Saturday (April 21).