When I decided to come to New Mexico Military Institute for my first year of college, I chose to do more than start my first year of college. I made a commitment. By choosing to come to NMMI, I know that I have made a drastic impact on my future.
NMMI Sports Press
HOBBS — The Lady Bronco cross country team wrapped up its season at the NJCAA Region V Championships in Hobbs Saturday morning. While there were no medals for the Institute harriers, both Ealiza Villanueva — who finished 22nd — and Tyler Nauss, 29th, were pleased with their performances.
“I’m happy,” Villanueva, a Roswell High grad who ran for NMMI track coach Jack Batson for three years, said.
“I am happy with my time,” agreed sophomore Tyler Nauss, who’s headed to the University of Tampa when she graduates in the spring.
Both runners thought part of the course at Harry McAdams State Park was a little tough.
“It’d be great without the hills,” Villanueva said. “The hills were what’s bad, but other than that it’s really good.”
“It was really hard with the hills, but I kept up and the other girls competing were really nice and we helped each other,” Nauss said.
Villanueva was running injured most of the season, so coach Jan Olesinski said it was a little difficult to evaluate her times.
“The first half was about 10 minutes, 10 seconds so she (was running) under 21 (minutes), which would be a great time, but after that she had problems,” Olesinski said.
Both Villanueva and Olesinski agree the freshman will rest for at least a month before starting practice for track season and once she heals, she’s looking at cutting her time to 19 or 20 minutes.
“I’m planning on getting better,” she said. “I need to work and get stronger on my hip and my knee, and from there I’m going to go on and drop time.”
Nauss is an ARMY ROTC cadet, which kept her from practicing as much as other runners, but ran for both her years at the Institute.
“She dedicated herself to the program and she tried,” Olesinski said, noting she too had a rough second half of the race. “She started very strong. In the middle of the race she was in a very good position but she ran out of gas and got tired.”
With only two runners, the Broncos couldn’t compete as a team, but they were in good company, as only four schools had the needed runners to score.
El Paso Community College won both the individual and team titles, led by Mercy Ritich, who finished in a blazing 18:59.52. Villanueva crossed the line in 22:12.16, with Nauss coming in at 23:26.41.
Leaving home at the age of fourteen was not that easy. My parents dropped me off at NMMI to begin my training as a R.A.T (recruit at training). My sister was also attending the school at the time but she would stay away from me during rat week so that I could get the full experience.
For the 4 years I have been at NMMI, I’ve shared my life with 7 different roommates. Each one was unique. We experienced different stories through the school year. We shared personal information to experiences we had in our lives. We also had bad times that made us fight. But at the end of the day, we would resolve our problems and be happy again.
I always had a wrong definition of fear. I’m not saying that I was ignorant to the extent of not knowing what the word means; it’s just that I always had a slightly different idea of its significance. There is always a time in our lives when we have to face our greatest fears, and mine was coming to New Mexico Military Institute…