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Walker and Miller top finishers for the Institute at the NMMI Invitational

• Senior Mia Walker finished third for the Lady Colts at the NMMI Invitational with a time of 20:04.

NMMI Sports Press

Last weekend, the Colt and Lady Colt cross country teams got to host – and run – in their own NMMI Invitational, held at Roswell’s Cielo Grande Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 14

“I think it was a very good meet,” said head NMMI coach Jan Olesinski. “We had 16 different schools present, representing many of the high schools in the surrounding area –  large schools like Hobbs, Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Roswell, along with some smaller schools like Capitan, Mescalero and Tucumcari.”

According to coach ‘O’, every race had about 60+ runners, with the biggest race being the JV with over 100. “All-in-all we had almost 300 kids compete when you consider the race for the middle school runners, as well,” said Olesinski.

• Sophomore Lance Miller finished third for the Colts, with a time of 16:30.

Lance Miller got took home top honors for the Colts, a sixth place finish in the boys’ varsity race, with a time of 16:37, while Mia Walker earned NMMI’s best place of the day in the girls’ varsity race. Her time of 20:05 was good for third.

“Those two did great today,” said the coach. “They are definitely two of my top runners. But the rest of the team competed, too. We had some freshmen, some new cadets, some first-time runners, and everyone did well.”

“I think overall NMMI did very well in the meet,” continued Olesinski. “We were missing a few runners due to other important obligations our cadets had with the Corps or academics, such as 21-Day ceremonies or SAT prep classes. As such, team-wise we didn’t do our best, but we still had a few finish in top places.”

Next up for the Colt and Lady Colt cross country squads will be another weekend race, as they head up to Pecos, NM, just south of Santa Fe, to try running at a little higher elevation (6,923 ft as opposed to Roswell’s 3,573 ft).

“It will be nice to compete against some different teams,” said coach. “This will be a unique meet for us. It’s the first time we’ve gone there, the course will be much different than the ones we tend to run here, we’ve get to see several teams from the north part of the state, plus the meet features mostly smaller 2A and 3A schools.”

Complete NMMI Results

Boys’ Varsity:
Lance Miller, 3rd place, 16:37
Jeremy Pinion, 25th place, 18:21
Stephen Swope, 40th place, 19:28
Juan Aguirre, 41st place, 19:31
Hector Grijalva, 44th place, 19:55
Lance Savage, 51st place, 20:30

Girls’ Varsity
Mia Walker, 3rd place, 20:05
Tessa Walker, 16th place, 21:14
Christina Robertson, 27th place, 22:56

Boys’ JV:
Nicolas Chavez, 21st place, 20:01
Niall Devlin, 22nd place, 20:02
Caleb Eisenhower, 23rd place, 20:09
Aadhav Sivakumar, 62nd place, 23:27

Girls’ JV:
Autumn Weaver, 5th place, 24:44

NMMI Cross Country teams compete in the State Championships


Carson Perry runs down one of the hills during the State Championships.

Henry Dewey crosses the finish line at the State Championships.

NMMI Sports Press 

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams competed in the State Championships at Rio Rancho High School. Both the Lady Colt and Colt teams earned an automatic bid to state by winning their district meets.  

The winner of the 3A boys meet was Epherem Zerai of Sandia Prep who clocked in a time of 16:23.85 out of the 97 runners competing in the meet.  

Carson Perry was the first Colt to cross the finish line at a mark of 18:35.55 in 43rd place the rest of the Colts followed as such. 

49th Henry Dewey 18:46.85 

65th Juan Aguirre 19:18.40 

73rd Jeremiah Pinon 19:44.10 

78th Jaiden Kendrick 19:57.25 

84th Landen Savage 20:41.90 

86th Johnny Archuleta 21:26.55 


Skyler Gee of Sandia Prep won the 3A girls meet with a time of 20:15.10 out of 82 runners. 

Jazsmine Munoz Runs towards the final stretch at the State Championships

Tessa Walker was the first Lady Colt to finish with a time of 22:54.80 in 47th place. There were three other Lady Colts who participated in the State Championships. 

51st Christina Robertson 23:05.45 

67th Jazsmine Munoz 24:53.40 

73rd Sophia Valadez 26:09.30 

Head Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country coach Jan Olesinski was in Garden City, KS with the Bronco Cross Country team as they competed in the NJCAA Championsips. Assistant Coach Marisha Olesinski was with the Cross Country teams and spoke on how they did today. 

Tessa Walker crosses the finish line with Santa Fe Preps Sophie Addison.

Olesinski said, “I think they did very good today. I also think they expected to do better than they did, but there is always room to improve. No runner on either team has been to the State Championships before. Both teams were excited to compete, but at the same time they did not know what to expect. They gave 100 percent out on the tough course and that is all that I asked for.” 

The course had a combination of dirt, road, turf, and hills the runners had to deal with throughout their time on the course. 

Olesinski sees a bright future for both Lady Colt and Colt Cross Country teams. 

Both of our teams are really young and the goal will be to do better in state next year and get stronger.”

Cross Country preps for State

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It’s been several years since the Colts qualified a full cross country team for the state meet, but this year they’ll be bringing both a boys’ and a girls’ squad, and head coach Jan Olesinski is excited about the teams he has.

“I think we have a good team,” he said. “If you go to state and compete well, it’s good. We’ll have to see what happens – who knows?”

The Institute runners earned the trip to the tough Rio Rancho course with solid finishes over their closest competitors at the District 3/4AAA meet in Socorro Nov. 3.

Individually, the boys swept through the top 10, taking four of the top five places and six of 10. Junior Carson Perry took the individual title by crossing the line in 16:57, almost a full minute ahead of the No. 2 finisher. The Institute runners then wrapped up the next three places, with only 22 seconds separating junior Juan Aguirre (3rd, 18:06); junior Jeremy Pinon (4th, 18:20); and sophomore Kendrick Jaiden (5th, 18:28.)

Those finishes added up to a mere 20 points in the team tally — the lowest score wins in XC — well ahead of Cobre, which finished with 47, followed by Tucumcari with 57 and the host Warriors at 86.

Rounding out the individuals, soph Henry Dewey was seventh in 18:48, with freshman Johnny Archuleta in ninth at 19:00. And even the remaining three Colts runners: sophomore Ricardo Mata (12th, 19:06); junior Landen Savage (14th, 19:27); and junior Elijah Trotter (16th, 20:13), finished in the top half of the 31-runner field.

“It was a good group,” Olesinski said. “Carson is a very good runner but the other guys are as well. Like Piñon. Like Aguirre. Like Kendrick. Henry came up — he was injured almost all season — and he came up last month and competed very well. Everybody did the best they could and competed well.”

The Lady Colts also took both the team and individual titles, although it was a little bit of a surprise, especially considering their No. 1 runner, junior Mia Walker, was injured and couldn’t compete.

Just as the boys did, the girls’ team earned an easy victory, picking up a mere 26 points compared to Socorro’s 42 and Tucumcari’s 52. With her older sister unable to run, freshman Tessa Walker took up the slack, crossing the line in 21:15, 16 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Another Institute freshman, Christina Robertson, was third in 21:40, then the Colts dominated the remainder of the top 10. Frosh Minnie DeGroot was sixth in 22:51; sophomore Jasmine Munoz seventh; and soph Sophie Valadez ninth in 23:54.

“I knew they had a chance to do very well, but I was very impressed with how they competed,” the coach said.

With far fewer numbers than the boys — the Colts have 19 runners on the roster, while the girls only have six, and two of those were playing volleyball until mid October — Olesinski had most of his girls get experience in junior varsity races during the season.

Mia Walker finished first or near the top in all the varsity races she ran, and the JV runners mostly finished in the top five, with Tessa Walker taking first twice. Tessa ran her first varsity race in the big-school Hobbs Invitational, and managed a strong 20th place. The girls ran in the JV race at the Pecos Invitational, then finally ran at the varsity level all together at Ruidoso, where Tessa Walker took eighth and the others placed well.

“Every race was better and better,” Olesinski said of his girls. “I knew from the beginning that after volleyball they’d be coming out, but I didn’t know Jasmine would run as good as she did.”

And in only their second race as a full team, the girls proved to be a strong squad.

A small part of the NMMI success can be attributed to the school dropping down a district to 3A. Instead of facing Ruidoso, Portales, Silver and Moriarty, they faced Socorro, Tucumcari and Cobre.

But for Olesinski, his team was so strong, he felt they would have done well even against the bigger schools.

“I think we have a good team,” he said. “I think we could even compete with Ruidoso and Portales.”

They won’t have to do that this year, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.

“State is always kind of a question mark,” Olesinski said.

State is always tough, especially the Rio Rancho course, and even the shift to AAA will see NMMI competing against strong northern New Mexico schools. But Class 3A only has four districts, so there are fewer schools (21) than other classes, and NMMI is one of only four district champions.

On the boys’ side, Zuni, Santa Fe Indian School and Cuba won their districts, while Zuni, Robertson and East Mountain took the girls titles.

Olesinski, who will hand over the reins of the team to his wife, Marisha Olesinski, while he travels to nationals with the Bronco cross country team Saturday, is confident his teams are ready.

“We’ll just try to rest,” he said. “I told them to go and have fun and do your best. Be excited and just finish. Whatever we needed to do we did the last two months, now it’s just go and compete.”

Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rio Rancho High School, with the races beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Class 3A boys will run at 10 a.m., with the girls taking on the rugged course at 12:05 p.m.

Four NMMI high school teams headed to state

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The Colts will have a good showing at the NMAA fall state tournaments this week, with all  teams eligible to compete in post-season play — soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football — getting a chance to square off against the best of the best.

Colt soccer advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-3A championships with a 4-2 overtime shootout vs. Socorro High Nov. 3 on the road.

The win will pit coach John Barbour’s ninth-seeded Colts (8-9-1) against top-seeded Sandia Prep (12-8) in a 1 p.m. match Wednesday, which will be held on Field 8 at the New Mexico Soccer Complex in Bernalillo.

The winner advances to a semifinal match slated for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Field 7 in the same complex.

Complete championship information can be found here:; and the A-3A bracket can be found here:

The Colt boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won District 3/4AAA crowns at last Saturday’s meet also in Socorro.

The Institute boys’ team had four runners in the top five and six in the top 10  — including Carson Perry’s first-place finish with a time of 16:57 — easily besting second-place team finisher Cobre High School by 27 points.
The girls’ squad placed five in the top 10, led by Tessa Walker’s first-place finish with a time of 21:15. Coach Jan Olesinski’s girls’ team was 26 points ahead of their nearest rival, Tucumcari.

Those team titles earn both squads a chance to compete in the 2018 NMAA Class AAA Cross Country Championships, being held at Rio Rancho High School Saturday.

The Class AAA boys’ championship is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., while the girls will run at 12:05 p.m.

Complete championship information can be found here:

The Colt football team compiled a 6-4 record in the regular season and was selected as the No. 10 seed in the NMAA’s Class 3A state playoffs.

Coach Randy Montoya and his Colts will take on the seventh-seeded Hatch Valley Bears (5-5) at their place on Saturday with the kickoff at 1 p.m.

The Colt offense has amassed 2,025 total yards of offense this season and a 4.2-yard average per play, thanks to a quartet of excellent rushers in the backfield.

Tailback Jalil Brown leads the running attack with 650 yards on 79 carries; halfback Charles Lewis has 550 yards on 85 attempts; fullback Gus Curnutt pounded out 279 yards on 64 chances; and quarterback Jasper Best has scrambled for 222 yards on 82 rushes.

The Colt defense is led by linebacker Arturo Cuen’s 46 tackles and Roberto Laporte’s four sacks.

Complete championship information can be found here:

Olesinski defends Masters’ World Pentathlon title

Jan Olesinski gets the gold medal at the 2018 UIPM Pentathlon World Championships.

NMMI Sports Press

Multi-sport NMMI coach Jan Olesinski has numerous accolades under his belt, and this July he added one more: two-time champion of the UIPM Masters World Championships.

The UIPM — Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, or, in English the International Modern Pentathlon Union — hosts biannual competitions in the five-event sport for masters — athletes ages 30 and older.

Olesinski in the combination running and shooting event

In 2016, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Olesinski — who coaches cross country, swimming and track for Institute athletes, as well as fencing and pentathlon for cadets and local residents — decided to compete in the 60+ age category.

And he won.

This year, with the international competition only five hours from his home town in Poland, Olesinski decided that was a good enough reason to compete again. Well, that and to defend his championship title. So he traveled to Halle, Germany and found this year’s competition even more challenging.

Olesinski finishing one of his 400 meter runs.

“It was a bigger crowd than two years ago in Prague and the competition was a little bit tougher,” he said.

The event drew more than 130 athletes from a record 26 countries, including an 80-year-old from Switzerland who ‘officially’ retired after the two-day competition.

The format of the 2018 UIPM Masters allowed participants to compete in the full five-event modern pentathlon (fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, and the combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running) or skip the horses, which is common in many Junior pentathlon events.

Olesinski crosses the finish line after his final 400 meter loop.

Olesinski competed in the latter, and placed first in his 60+ age group, with a combined score of 1163, thirty points ahead of his nearest competitor from Germany.

Coach ‘O’ as the NMMI cadets typically call him, further explained how the competition was organized.

“In the normal pentathlon, you do everything in one day. But in the Masters, they try to be nice,” the coach laughed.

Coach Olesinski said they fenced on the first day, swam in the morning of the next, and then finished in the afternoon with the combined shooting and running event.

For the fencing portion of the competition, however, players competed against everyone their age or older, meaning the NMMI coach had to face 24 opponents.

And he did extremely well, going 17-6 in the one-touch bouts to win that event.

“My fencing was very good,” he said, simply.

Olesinski was also pleased with his swimming, which involved 50 meters of freestyle.  He again took first, gliding to the finish in 0:31.75 — 2.3 seconds faster than anyone else in the 60+ age group.

He thought that the combined event was his weakest event, however.

“I didn’t have very good shooting,” he said, laughing that the venue, especially the dim lightning in the gym “wasn’t very helpful for old people to shoot.”

The combined event involves running 400-meters, then stopping to take shots at a target using a laser pistol. The athletes must hit the target five times, or 50 seconds has passed, to continue, with a total of four 400m loops being run with shooting after each. Olesinski said that while elite pentathletes can land all five shots in about eight seconds, for his age group, the best shooting times tended to be around 25-30 seconds.

“Every shot, you have to concentrate,” he said. “If you miss, it’s gone, and if you miss many shots you’re done.”

Olesinki finished in second place in the combined running and shooting event with a time of 7:01.58, just two seconds away from yet another first-place finish.

Overall, coach ‘O’ said he was impressed with how the meet was organized and everyone was treated.

“Everything was very respectful to the athletes,” he said, “from the opening ceremonies to the final medal presentations, the competitions, the anthems and the venue — it was all organized very nicely.”

Still, Olesinski said, the competition wasn’t easy — “There are serious guys, so you have to compete” —and it was stressful, which the coach said he isn’t used to any more.

“You can coach all your life, but when you come to compete it’s a different story,” he again laughed.

But he got through the stress and took home the gold, thanks likely in large part to the support of two of his former pupils, who came to help cheer him on in Germany: his daughter Anya Olesinski, a former junior Olympic pentathlete; and Nathan Schrimsher, who competed in the modern pentathlon for Team USA in 2016 Olympics in Rio.

So will he try again in two years?

Probably not, he said.

“The first time I went over there, two years ago, it was kind of fun. But this one, if you go the second time, then you already know what to expect.”

He enjoyed visiting family and friends before the competition this time and enjoyed sightseeing in Germany. The 2020 competition is in a country he doesn’t feel the need to go back to again, and frankly, he said, “I tell you true, I really don’t like to compete anymore.”

Still, he’s not counting out going back in four years, just to see if he still has what it takes to compete.

Olesinski on the podeum along with the other medalists at the 2018 UIPM Championships.