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Batson talks high jump at national clinic


Jack Batson practices his presentation prior to the California clinic. Batson has coached just about every sport under the sun during his 47-year tenure here in the southwest, including nine seasons with the track and cross country teams here at NMMI.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

NMMI assistant cross country and track coach Jack Batson has been teaching and coaching for more than 40 years — almost everyone involved with athletics in Chaves County knows his name — and that experience earned him a special honor early this year.

Batson was invited to speak on high jump techniques at the West Coast Superclinic in Sacramento, Calif., a major gathering where high school and college coaches come to advance their track and field knowledge.

Despite presenting along with some big-name coaches — Vince O’Boyle, a 32 year coach with UC Irvine; Boo Schexnayder, one of America’s top jumps event coaches; and Tony Veney-Master, a former UCLA sprint coach who’s served on numerous international teams — Batson said he wasn’t nervous.

“At first, I felt inadequate, but after I started thinking about it and after the two (organizers), Dave (Shrock) and Peanut (Harms), both said, ‘No. That’s why we want you. Because you have something to offer that nobody else has,’ then I felt much more (comfortable, and) after five minutes, being in there, I didn’t even remember I had a microphone on. I was just me.”

Labeled as the “high jump guru from New Mexico” on the clinic program, Batson’s topic was “High jump: from the ground up,” and he spoke to a packed house. His goal, he said, was to help beginning coaches learn the basic techniques of teaching high jump, and after a one hour, 20 minute presentation, felt he had done just that.

The talk also put NMMI in the spotlight, as Batson opened his presentation with a portrait of the school.

“I ended up giving about a 10 minute commercial for NMMI, which is the other reason I decided to go,” he said. “It’s nice to be selected to do a presentation like that, but at the same time, I think I’m helping spread the NMMI word.”

Batson’s 15 minutes of fame isn’t done yet. As a result of his talk, he was invited by Dr. Jim Peterson, president of Coaches Choice, a company that produces DVDs and books on sports fundamentals (, to produce several videos on track events.

So while he’s still not sure what events he’ll be demonstrating — other than high jump — he’ll be headed out to Monterey, Calif. sometime soon to put his stamp on several of the sports he’s been coaching for a long time. And he’s glad he’s getting the chance to do it.

“I really had a ball. I didn’t think I was going to, but once I got into it, and after Dr. Peterson came and said, ‘Hey! I want you to do three or four more videos,’ I thought, ‘This is kind of exciting. It really is.’ To be asked by somebody like that, at a major company, to do something like that …”

UNM Collegiate Classic

The NMMI women’s track and field team joined international teams from Canada and Mexico, and USA teams from Washington, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, California, Nevada and New Mexico to compete in the UNM Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque.  Twenty-five teams in all, mostly NCAA Division I and II, were there to run, jump, and throw with many of the finest University track teams in the United States.  NMMI Women competed with these track and field giants, and because of the level of the competition did not do well in individual places, but ran some outstanding times.

Ana Baleveicau, a sophomore from Fiji, had an outstanding 2 day meet.  She had never run more than 400 meters before this season.  She competed in the 600 and 800 meter runs and ran an NJCAA national qualifying time in both races. She is now eligible to participate in the NJCAA National Track and Field Meet, which will be held in New York City.  She placed 8th overall in the 600m run and 22nd in the 800m run.  Her 600m time of 1:39.20 ranks her in 13th place overall this season in the NJCAA and her 800m time of 2:24.91 (altitude adjusted to 2:24.10) ranks her in 20th place in the NJCAA.

Coach Batson was very pleased with the team’s effort.  Everyone who had previously run in a meet had a faster time in this meet.  Monica Izaguirre ran 5 seconds faster than her previous 800m run.  NMMI will travel to Lubbock, TX next Friday, February 14, for the Texas Tech Masked Rider Indoor Meet.

60 meter dash – Tichina Carmon – 8.68 – 19th place
60m hurdles – Alisha Dickinson – 9.82 – 14th place
200m dash – Tichina Carmon – 29.85 – 53rd place
200m dash – Alisha Dickinson – 27.15 – 44th place
600 meter run – Ana Baleveicau – 1:39.20* – 8th place
600 meter run – Klaudia Szych – 1:43.76 – 10th place
600 meter run – Monica Izaguirre – 1:56.48 – 17th place
800 meter run – Ana Baleveicau – 2:24.91*# – 22nd place
800 meter run – Klaudia Szych – 2:29.10 – 28th place
800 meter run – Monica Izaguirre – 2:45.49 – 37th place

*NJCAA National Qualifying time
#Altitude Adjusted to 2:24.10

Complete results for the UNM Collegiate Classic:

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Lobo Collegiate Indoor Meet

IMG_7916New Mexico Military Institute Women’s Track and Field Team took part in the Lobo Collegiate Indoor Meet, hosted by the University of New Mexico, and held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  This was the first indoor meet ever in which the NMMI women competed.  NMMI was the only Junior College competing against five NCAA Division I schools.  Also competing was the U. S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.  The highlight for NMMI was the 600 meter run.  Two athletes from NMMI placed in the top IMG_7920seven.  Ana Baleveicau placed 4th and Klaudia Szych placed 7th.  Ana’s time of 1:40.25 just missed the automatic qualifying time for the NJCAA Indoor National Meet by .13 of a second.

Coach Batson was pleased with the effort given by the team since they have only been back after Christmas Break for 5 days.  The next meet will again be at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 7-8.

Ana Baleveicau – 600m – 1:40.25 – 4th place
Ana Baleveicau – 400m – 1:01.65 – 16th place
Etta Briscoe – shot put – 9.74 m – 23rd place
Alisha Dickinson – 60m hurd – 9.89 – 22nd place
Alisha Dickinson – 800m – 2:45.17 – 22nd place
Monica Izaguirre – 600m – 1:53.19 – 10th place
Monica Izaguirre – 800m – 2:51.93 – 23rd place
Klaudia Szych – 600m – 1:44.49 – 7th place










Complete results for the UNM Lobo Collegiate Indoor Meet can be found here:


School and Personal Records Fall at WTAM Spring Break Classic T&F Meet

New Mexico Military Institute Women’s Track and Field Team journeyed to Canyon, TX to take part in the West Texas Spring Break Classic.  Many PR’s were recorded on the day, but the highlight was Ana Baleveicau’s 400 meter hurdles.  Her time of 1:07.29 broke the existing NMMI Record but more importantly, qualified her for the NJCAA National Championships for Track and Field.

The next highest place was the 4 x 400 meter relay, which placed 3rd.  The relay team, consisting of Karla Palacios, Klaudia Szych, Alisha Dickson, and Ana Baleveicau raced to a time of 4:17.50.  Alisha Dickinson ran to a 4th place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.68.  Karla Palacios placed 5th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:15.75.  Liliana Rico placed in the 100 meter dash with a time of 16.38.  Meriel Simpson placed 9th in the 100 meters with the time of 17.51.  Rico and Simpson placed 7th and 8th in the 200 meter dash, with Rico running 35.07 which was a PR and Simpson running 42.71.

On the Field events side, Etta Briscoe had 2 PR’s on the way to three 6th place finishes in the shot, discus and hammer throw.  She had a PR in the discus with a throw of 93’2” and had another PR in the hammer throw with a throw of 84’ 8”.  She also threw 32’ 5” in the shot put.

The next meet for NMMI is the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, TX, Saturday March 23.  The young team will have to contend with many NCAA Division I teams at this meet.  Hopefully, this will inspire the team to have numerous other School Records and NJCAA National Track Meet qualifications.

Complete WTAM Spring Break Classic Results (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)

Bronco Women Tracksters Save Best for Last at Tarleton State Open

The Women’s Track and Field Team from New Mexico Military Institute journeyed to Stephenville, Texas to take part in the Tarleton State Invitational Track and Field Meet.  Twenty teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico took part in this Season-Opening Outdoor Meet.  Over half of the teams present were NCAA Division II or III schools with NMMI being one of only three NJCAA teams.  NMMI, as a team, finished in 13th place.

The old saying of “Save the best for last” surely was true for the NMMI athletes. In the meet-ending 4 x 400 meter relay,  NMMI was in third place after the first leg by Karla Palacios.  Klaudia Szych moved them into second place on her leg, and Alisha Dickinson passed the remaining team just before handing off to Ana Baleveicau.  Ana increased the lead to about 20 meters by the time the race was over.  The other heat of the relay produced 4 times that were faster than the NMMI time, but Coach Batson had a surprise for them—they had shattered the NMMI School Record of 4:26.57 by over 10 seconds by running a 4:15.91!

In individual events, Klaudia Szych placed 5th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:25.85 and Ana Baleveicau placed 6th in the 400 meter hurdle race with a time of 1:08.22.  Karla Palacios ran a time of 1:14.79 and placed 9th.  Alisha Dickinson won her heat in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:33.84 and placed 13th overall.

Etta Briscoe got the day started with her 21.71 meter hammer throw.   She followed up with a discus throw of 23.08 meters and a shot put of 9.17 meters.  This was her first try at the hammer throw and she learned some valuable lessons that should help her throws later in the season.

The sprinters now took Center Stage with the 100 meter dash.  Keshia San Pedro had the best time with a 14.87 .  Next came Liliana Rico with a time of 16.37.  Meriel Simpson came across the finish line in a time of 17.45 .  These three runners also ran the 200 meter dash.  Keshia San Pedro again had the fastest time running a 32.90, which was a PR .  Liliana Rico ran her own PR with a time of 35.20.  Meriel Simson ran  a time of 39.87, which gave her the second PR of the day—the first being in the 100 meter dash. .

The NMMI Women‘s Track and Field Team will participate  in the West Texas A&M Relays in Canyon TX next Saturday, March 16.

Complete Tarleton State Open Results (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)