NMMI Sports Press
For their first year running track in AAAA, the Colts didn’t do too badly.
While Portales ran away with the title with 118 points, NMMI finished second on its home track, the Wool Bowl, compiling 68 points through 19 events.
“The kids ran well,” said coach Randy Montoya. “It’s just a tribute to our kids. They’ve been working had all year and I’m happy for them. We’ve got a few more kids who qualified for state, so again, to be able to go into a hard district and do what we do, it’s been very nice.”
Senior Dominic Moore gave the Colts the most points, winning the 100-meter dash; running the third leg of the first-place medley relay; taking second in the long jump; and anchoring the third place 4×100.
“He’s a senior,” Montoya said. “I wish I had him for one more year. He’s just a hard, tough-nosed kid. He does anything and everything we ask of him. He’s just a great kid. I’m glad he was able to do what he was able to do this year.”
Other Institute gold medalists included Daniel Marquez in the 200 and Carlos Xibille in the triple jump.
The Lady Colts had a tougher day, but with only a handful of athletes, still picked up 13 points.
“We just don’t have the numbers,” Montoya said. “The girls we do have they compete well. They do everything they can; everything we ask of them. It’s just we don’t have that many to choose from.”
They were led by sophomore Sierra Walker, who took second in the 400-meter dash and anchored what had to be the most exciting race of the day.
That race, for both the girls and boys, was the 1,600-meter medley relay.
In the girls race, NMMI was a distant third after both 200-meter legs and the 400-meter lap. But Sierra Walker never gave up, pushing her way past the second-place Ruidoso runner and while she couldn’t catch the East Mountain leader, she stretched her lead over the now third-place runner to give the Lady Colts a ticket to state.
The boys side wasn’t quite as exciting, but the Institute was in second place heading into the 800-meter lap. Spencer Lane took the baton, quickly passed the leader and stretched his way to a first-place finish.
Montoya had praise for both anchor runners in the relays.
“(Sierra’s) just been tough all year,” he said. “We’ve got some great runners in our district from East Mountain and all that, so it’s good for her to compete like that.”
As for Lane, “He came through tough and strong,” the coach said. “He’s just one of those kids you put a challenge in front of him, he accepts that challenge and does everything he can to succeed at that challenge and obviously he saw that there in the medley, so he did a great job.”
NMMI was competing in a much tougher district than in the past, but Montoya was proud of what his teams did.
“It is obviously a tougher district. We’ve got some good quality teams. The kids have just done a good job of competing and doing the best they can.”
NMMI results from the District 4-4A track meet
Boys, team — 1, Portales, 118; 2, NMMI, 68; East Mountain, 58; 4, Ruidoso, 43
100-meter dash — 1, Dominic Moore, 10.9; 3, Homero Melis, 11.31
200-meter dash — 1, Daniel Marquez, 22.65; 4, Tymon Dalton, 24.34; 10 (tie), Lane Major, Fausto Baranzini, 25.55
400-meter dash — 3, Daniel Marquez, 52.587, 7, Giovani Borunda, 56.24
110-meter hurdles — 5, Trent Foster, 19.08; 6, Drake Williams, 21.08
300-meter hurdles — 7, Trent Foster, 49.37; 10, Nathan Hudgeons, 54.14
800-meter run — 7, Joshua Pinon, 2:19.40
1,600-meter run — 2, Juan Estramadoyro, 4:39.84
3,200-meter run — 2, Juan Estremadoyro, 10:45.44; 3, Fernando Rodriguez, 11:53.14; 4, Benjamin Clemens, 12:18.84; 7, Kristian Gonzalez, 12:58.74
4×100-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Daniel Marquez, Homero Melis, Tymon Dalton, Dominic Moore), 44.99
4×200-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Homero Melis, Carlos Xibile, Fausto Baranzini, Tymon Dalton), 1:38.65
4×400-meter medley relay — 1, NMMI (Daniel Marquez, Fausto Baranzini, Dominic Moore, Spencer Lane), 3:44.02
4×400-meter relay — 3, NMMI (Fausto Baranzini, Giovani BOrunda, Spencer Lane, Carlos Xibile), 3:47.94
Pole Vault — 4, Lane Major, 9-6
Discus — 4, Christian Taylor, 94-7; 5, Nathan Hudgeons, 93-10 1/2; 6, Joe Bridges, 89-11 1/2; 10, Dillion Hall, 60-3 1/2
Shot Put — 6, Joe Bridges, 30-06; 7, Drake Williams, 29-04; 9, Dillion Hall, 24 1/2
Javelin — 9, David Gofman, 98-7 1/2; Christian Taylor, 92-10 1/2; 12, Jonathan Stokes, 92-5 1/2; 13, Nathan Hudgens, 84-9; 14, Dillion Hall, 77-2 1/2
Long jump — 2, Dominic Moore, 19-2; 10, Giovani, Borunda, 15-7
Triple jump — 1, Carlos Xibille, 37-10; 4, Tymon Dalton, 33-6; 5, Juan Larrieu, 32-00
High jump — 2, Homero Melis, 5-04
Girls, team — 1, Ruidoso, 137; 2, Portales, 88; 3, East Mountain, 41; 4, NMMI, 13
200-meter dash — 9, Krystal Graves, 29.37
400-meter dash — 2, Sierra Walker, 1:01.27
100-meter hurdles — 8, Natalie Holnes, 24.43
300-meter hurdles — 10, Natalie Holnes, 58.96
3,200-meter run — 2, Andrea Anchondo, 14:19.44
4×400-meter medley relay — 2, NMMI (Amira Hindi, Alexandria Rivera, Krystal Graves, Sierra Walker), 4:45.24
1,600-meter run — 5, Amira Hindi, 6:11.93
Discus — 9, Alexandria Rivera, 62-11
Javelin — 9, Natalie Holnes, 69-1
Long jump — 12, Grace Tompkins, 12-00
People often ask me why I decided to attend NMMI and why I chose to leave my house and my country at the age of 15. I decided to attend NMMI because it would provide me with the best academic success, along with an unforgettable experience of being part of a military environment. When I decided to leave my home, I was not sure if NMMI was the right place for me; however, after attending the Institute for almost three years, I know I made the right choice. NMMI has prepared me for my further education and for the rest of my life. Also, NMMI has provided me with opportunities that would seem impossible if I had decided to stay in Mexico. I am certain that attending NMMI was the right choice and has given me great experienced and lifelong friendships.
One of the great things about New Mexico Military Institute is their ability and readiness to prepare their cadets for any situation. In the military, situational awareness is a necessity of one’s every day actions, and this was exemplified in NMMI’s active shooter drill, and their tornado response plan for hazardous weather. The institute had a number of cadets volunteer for the drill as fake “victims” if there ever was an active shooter on campus, and had the NMMI police as well as Roswell PD and the Roswell Fire Department respond to the incident. The drill went smoothly and was made as realistic as possible to ensure professionalism and thoroughness.
Additionally, not long after the conclusion of the active shooter drill, NMMI had to react to a hazardous weather alert. Due to tornado activity in the area, and the forming of multiple funnel clouds, cadets, faculty and staff were required to evacuate and move below ground into the trunk rooms and basements of the buildings. This was done quickly and orderly and each cadet was kept safe during the time the alert was in effect. The drills NMMI conducts as well as their response to unplanned hazardous conditions are just one of the ways New Mexico Military Institute keeps their cadets safe.
By: Cadet (1SGT) Eric Fouratt
In April, cadets Marcus Lovato, Eric Fouratt, and Ryan Hargo-Scott were selected to attend the 2015 “National Security” Spring Forum, hosted by the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri.
The NMMI golf team did exactly what it needed to do Monday to advance to next week’s state tournament: win the District 4A-AAAA meet. PLaying on their home course, they took the team title handily, topping second-place East Mountain by 27 strokes: 308 to 335.
But more than that, Colt Pongthong Thongyai won the individual title with a 75, while teammates Bret Anaya and Jamie Corrola were just one shot in back with 76s. Eduardo Gallegos wrapped up the top four with an 81 while No. 5 Juan Garcia finished with a 90.
“Like I always say, it’s one thing to go to school and play golf. It’s another thing to go to New Mexico Military Institute and play golf,” said Institute head coach Crae Fields. “So all the extra things that those guys have to do and put up with, and for them to follow through like they did and lock it up, yeah, It make me proud.”
JUnior Thongyai, who shot his second-lowest score of the season, said the key to his game Monday was on the greens.
“I putted well today,” he said. “I sunk like a 60-foot putt. I did well today.”
He and his teammates — who Fields said came through when they needed it — will head to Albuquerque Sundays for the state AAAA tourney in Albuquerque.
“That was the best they’ve done all year, so when it was time for them to go, that’s what they did. Go time, right?” the coach said.
But besides competing against AAAA squads they’ve never seen before, there will be other challenges at the tough Duke City course, Fields said.
“Local knowledge at that Four Hills Golf Club is imperative, and we don’t have that. It sits on the side of a mountain and you think a putt is uphill and straight and it’s not. It’s downhill and it breaks three feet. So we’ve just got to get up there on Sunday and get used to those greens, more than anything. That ultimately is who is going to win that. It’s who putts the best.”
Dexter also is a part of the 4A-AAAA district, and while none of the young boys on the Demon squad qualified for state, junior Mariah Dutchover did, getting four legs over the season.
“So that’s good,” said coach Larry VandenBout.
Monday, she shot a 94, putting her in the top 10 of the ladies’ bracket, while teammate Natalie Reyes shot a 102.
VandenBout, who’s trying to build a Dexter team, was proud of his young boys, who finished 21 shots ahead of Jal with a 372.
“They’ve got to be able to hit the shots; it doesn’t matter what the course is,” he said. “But they did shoot their season low today, so that was good.”
District 4A-AAAA Results
Boys, team — 1, NMMI, 308; 2, East Mountain, 335; 3, Portales, 338; 4, Ruidoso, 344; 5, Dexter, 372; 6, Jal, 393
NMMI — 1, Pongthong Thongyai, 75*; 2 (tie), Bret Anaya, 76*; Jamie Corrola, 76*; 4, Eduardo Gallegos, 81; 5, Juan Garcia, 90
Dexter – 1 (Tie), Tanner Hall; Jacob Foster; Adam Oropesa, 91; 4, Garrett Hamill, 99; 5, Martin Rodriguez, 102
Girls, team — 1, Texico, 353; 2, Ruidoso, 384; 3, Portales, 432
Dexter — Mariah Dutchover, 94*; Natalie Reyes, 102
*=state qualifying score