Medal count impressive for NMMI track at State

The members of the Colt & Lady Colt track and field team, along with assistant coach Connor Williamson, pose for a pic during a brief weather delay at the tail-end of Saturday’s meet.

NMMI Sports Press
The New Mexico Military Institute Colt and Lady Colt track and field teams had a great showing at the NMAA’s Class 3A State Championship Meet in Albuquerque last weekend.

Eighteen NMMI cadet-student-athletes – nine girls and nine boys – competed in the two-day meet held at the UNM Track and Soccer complex on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.

Friday’s weather threatened to wash out the opening day’s events, which consisted mostly of field events and prelims, but the lightning stayed away. Although very few fans were present in the stadium’s huge seating gallery, the athletes, coaches and event staff braved the cold and drizzling conditions to keep the meet on schedule.

Blessed by great weather, Saturday’s events saw cool, but dry conditions, thanks to – and despite – the almost complete cloud cover. With the improved weather, the fans packed the stadium, loudly cheering on the event participants.

NMMI athletes walked away with 26 total medals at State: 19 for the boys and seven for the girls. Those tallies include two State Champions, with senior Jalil Brown earning top honors in the Boys’ 100m Dash, and junior Mia Walker outlasting all competitors in the Girls’ 800m Run.

The Colts finished in sixth place as a team in Class 3A with 31 total points; the Lady Colts finished ninth with 18.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our kids competed this weekend,” said assistant coach Connor Williamson. “Nearly everyone finished higher than they were seeded, and we had tons of PRs [personal records] and 2 state champions. We also had many underclassmen who got a taste of high-level competition; they will be hungry to return and place even higher. I’m looking forward to a bright future for NMMI track and field.”

Complete NMMI Results:

Boys’ Results
Boys 100 Meter Dash
1st place: Jalil Brown – 11.22

Boys 1600 Meter Run
7th place: Carson Perry – 4:43.16
10th place: Henry Dewey IV­ – 5:04.94

Boys 200 Meter
4th place: Jalil Brown – 22.97

Boys 800 Meter
8th place: Juan Aguirre – 2:08.12

Boys 3200 Meter
8th place: Carson Perry – 10:44.04
9th place: Henry Dewey IV – 10:57.79

Boys Long Jump
6th place: Jalil Brown – 20’–01.50”

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay
4th place: Miguel Luna, Jaikayo Brown, Charles Lewis, Jalil Brown –  44.23

Boys 4×200 Meter Relay
2nd place: Alex Lee, Jalil Brown, Charles Lewis, Jaikayo Brown –  1:33.92

Boys 1600 Sprint Medley
3rd place: Jaikayo Brown, Alex Lee, Miguel Luna, Carson Perry –  3:48.17

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay
5th place: Alex Lee, Jaikayo Brown, Edward Perez, Miguel Luna –  3:40.91

Girls’ Results
Girls 100 Meter Dash
7th place: Daniela Laporte – 14.16

Girls 3200 Meter
12th place: Jazsmine Munoz – 14:26.76

Girls 1600 Meter
2nd place: Mia Walker – 5:37.21
11th place: Tessa Walker – 6:16.63

Girls 800 Meter
1st place: Mia Walker – 2:24.79

Girls Discus Throw
5th place: Demitra Ulibarri – 99’–02”

Girls 1600 Sprint Medley
4th place: Saiya Brandon-Lowe, Daniela Laporte, Celeste Martin, Mia Walker –  4:33.34

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