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Taos seniors aim for big finishes

May 17, 2019

This weekend will feature the swan songs for some accomplished Taos track and field athletes, and they are expected to go out with a flourish.

Seniors Jonah Vigil and Faith Powell have dominated the track scene and they should bring home some hardware — both individually and for their teams. Vigil, who will compete at Adams State College, is the top seed in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races as well as in the long jump. He also is expected to run in one of the relays as Taos guns for a sixth straight state title, this time in a reconstructed Class 4A.

Meanwhile, Powell is the top seed in the 400, and the three jumping events (long, triple and high), and second seed in the 200.

Not to be forgotten is another Taos senior, Abigail Gunther. She is seeded fourth in the 100 hurdles and first in the 300 hurdles and the pole vault. Gunther also is aiming for a state record in the pole vault, as her best height of 12 feet is better than the 4A mark of 11-6, set three years ago.

Speaking of state records, Rebecca Green of Los Alamos has her sights set on the shot-put and discus marks in 4A. Her distances of 42-9 in the shot-put and 137-0 in the discus top the 4A field, and if she can repeat those performances, she will set the 4A mark in both events.

She will lead a Los Alamos girls squad that has not won a state team title since 2012. In fact, it has been quite the track title drought for Los Alamos boys and girls, as the boys team has not won since 2008.

In 5A, Santa Fe High’s Judith Allison aims to bring home an individual title for the second straight year for the girls program. A year after Riannah Varela won the triple jump, Allison enters the big-school meet with the fastest time in the 300 hurdles, 44.73 seconds. She also is seeded fifth in the 100 hurdles.

As for Varela, the sophomore has battled a hip injury but finds herself sitting fifth in the jump order for the triple jump with a distance of 36-5. Last May, her 38-81/4 winning effort would have set the state record if not for the wind that negated the distance.

Capital’s Osman Pacheco was the lone individual qualifier for Capital, and he will run the 200, and he will be a part of the 800 relay team that qualified for the event.