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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.

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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

Lady Colts and Colts prepare for State Championships

Jalil Brown makes a successful jump during the long jump competition during the District Championships on May 3rd.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt and Lady Colt Track and Field teams will be competing in the NMAA State Championships on May 10th-11th at the UNM Track-Soccer Complex. The Colts and Lady Colts will have eight athletes each participating at the state meet.

Colt Track and Field Participants/Events:

Juan Aguirre: 800 Meter Run

Jaikayo Brown: 4×200 Meter Relays, 4×100 Meter Relays, 1600 Sprint Medley, 4×400 Meter Relays

Jalil Brown: 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, Long Jump, 4×200 Meter Relays, 4×100 Meter Relays, 1600 Sprint Medley, 4×400 Meter Relays

Henry Dewey IV: 1600 Meter Run, 3200 Meter Run

Charles Lewis: 4×100 Meter Relays, 1600 Sprint Medley

Miguel Luna: 200 Meter Dash, 4×200 Meter Relays, 1600 Sprint Medley, 4×400 Meter Relays

Edward Perez:  4×200 Meter Relays, 4×100 Meter Relays, 4×400 Meter Relays

Carson Perry: 1600 Meter Run, 3200 Meter Run

Lady Colt Track and Field Participants:

Saiya Brandon-Lowe:  1600 Sprint Medley

Chinami Davis:  4×400 Meter Relays

Daniela Laporte: 100 Meter Dash, 4×400 Meter Relays

Celeste Martin:  1600 Sprint Medley

Jazsmine Munoz: 3200 Meter Run

Demitra Ulibarri: Discus Throw

Mia Walker: 1600 Meter Run, 800 Meter Run, 1600 Sprint Medley, 4×400 Meter Relays

Tessa Walker: 1600 Meter Run, 1600 Sprint Medley, 4×400 Meter Relays

NMMI hires second Olympic athlete to help coach

Nathan Schrimsher carries his father’s flag after he finishes his final race in the modern pentathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Tim Hipps US Army/IMCOM.

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For more than 30 years, NMMI has had an Olympic athlete on staff.

Nathan Schrimsher smiles for a picture at the opening ceremonies. Photo by Greg Rosenbaum, USA Pentathlon (USAP)Team Leader.

Cross country, swimming and track coach Jan Olesinski (1980, Moscow; 1984, Los Angeles, modern pentathlon) has been helping Institute athletes hone their skills for more than three decades. Now coach ‘O’ will get some assistance from another Olympian, Nathan Schrimsher (Rio, 2016, pentathlon), one of his former pupils.

Schrimsher’s history at NMMI goes back a long way, all because of Jan Olesinski. He and his brother Lucas were home-schooled on their ranch west of Roswell, and their parents were looking for some extracurricular activities for them to engage in. They found the Caprock swim team, coached by Jan Olesinski. Shortly after joining the community team, the pair were convinced to join Olesinski’s pentathlon program.

“They tried some of the events; the parents were kind of excited and the father was involved with us, so it made it easier for them to stick with it,” Olesinski said.

For the pair of brothers and Olesinski’s daughter, Anna, there was one goal from the very beginning: the Youth Olympics. “When we started this I told them, ‘Guys, this is our goal. In 2010 we are going to the youth Olympics’”

Nathan Schrimsher celebrates after a fencing victory over an opponent in the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Tim Hipps US Army/IMCOM.

The trio worked their way up through world championship events, eventually earning spots at the Singapore Youth Olympics, where Schrimsher finished 13th individually and Anna fourth.

“We started step-by-step,” coach Olesinski said. “And after 2010 we came back and I said, ‘Guys, I am done. I can’t help you anymore. Because youth is different. The real Olympics is a lot tougher. You can train here, but if you want to be an athlete you have to move to Colorado.’”

And that’s exactly what Schrimsher did.

In 2013, he joined the Army’s World Class Athlete program in Colorado Springs, where his job was strictly to train for his sport, a grueling five-event challenge that includes swimming, fencing riding, running and shooting.

“That definitely was the starting point to the next level. Our sole job was to train in our respective sports with the goal to go to the Olympics and win medals. Quite a few hours a day for quite a few years and lots of miles.” Schrimsher said.

In 2015, that hard work and training paid off: he qualified for the Rio Olympics with a third-place finish at the Pan Am Games in Toronto – the only American to qualify in the sport. His brother, Lucas, just missed qualifying. “It was almost a Schrimsher brother duo,” said Nathan.

Nathan Schrimsher and Jan Olesiński heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Greg Rosenbaum, USA Pentathlon (USAP)Team Leader.

After celebrating at home for a few days, he went back to Colorado for a final year of training.

The Roswell native didn’t come home with a medal from Rio, but placed 11th overall, only 29 points behind the gold medal winner. Russia’s Alexander Lesun had the top score of 1479, compared to Schrimsher’s 1450 – that’s just how close the completion was.

“Anybody who was competing in the Olympics, out of the 36 athletes, all of us could possibly have been the Olympic champion – because the nerves, just the atmosphere switches it up. It was close all the way through.” he said.

The 2016 Olympic pentathlon began with fencing, Schrimsher’s favorite of the five events. “It’s the only sport in the pentathlon where you are one-on-one against your opponent. Otherwise, it’s against yourself and the clock,” said Schrimsher.

Nathan did extremely well in fencings’ ‘mano a mano’ format, placing tenth overall with a score of 220.

His best event, however, was swimming. His time of 2:00.82 in the 200m freestyle earned him sixth place and another 262 points.

In the riding portion of the competition, Schrimsher drew what he termed “a difficult horse to ride.” After being penalized for three knockdowns in the 15-jump format – which lowered his score from a perfect 300 to 282 – he finished 18th in the event.

Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program swims the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.87 to earn 338 Modern Pentathlon points during the swimming portion of the men’s Modern Pentatlon on Aug. 20, 2016 at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Schrimsher was seventh-fastest in the swim. Photo by Tim Hipps US Army/IMCOM.

“The pentathlon is based off of what a 19th century cavalry soldier would be required to do in the line of duty. One of those is the ability to ride a horse you’ve never met. We only get a 20-minute warm-up before the show-jumping event. You have to make it work. Your life is on the line, so to speak.”

The last portion of the modern pentathlon is a combination of running and shooting. The competing athletes must complete four 800 meter runs, each run prefaced by hitting five targets from 10 meters away with a laser pistol. No penalty is assessed for missing a target, but it must be hit all five times (or 50 seconds has passed) before the athlete is allowed to start their 800m run.

“My shooting was exceptional, and that helped me stay in almost the top 10,” said Schrimsher. “Running is my least favorite part of the pentathlon or at least the most difficult for me. If my shooting had been sub-par, I might have slipped out of the top 20.”

“I left everything I could on that last lap. It was a difficult course, twisty, but I ran as hard as I could and when I crossed the line I was done and happy with where I finished.

“It was one of my best competitions, so having done it there at the Olympics, there was a lot of emotion, thankfulness, especially of finishing what I started.”

Nathan Schrimsher participates in the Equestrian portion of the modern pentathlon in the 2016 Olympic games. Photo by Tim Hipps US Army/IMCOM.

And he said two keys that were invaluable in him getting to the top echelon of his sport were Olesinski and the Army.

“Without Jan I would have never made it to where I got,” he said. “And if I’d never had the Army, I never would have gotten where I was as well. You can’t take credit for just yourself doing this. There’s so many people and things along the way that get you to where you’re going – it wasn’t just me.”

So when the NMMI coach asked him to come back to NMMI and help out, he couldn’t say no.

“NMMI is where it all started,” Schrimsher said. “I definitely think there’s all sorts of reasons, but that’s one of them. Giving back. Seeing it full circle. That’s just as important. Everyone hangs up their shoes one day, so there’s got to be something to keep on going.”

The young athlete came in at the end of the winter sports season and helped as an assistant coach for Olesinski, and this spring he’ll be working with the Colt and Lady Colt sprinters on the track team. He’s also helping with the corps physical training program and with the pentathlon program.

“All these sports are something that I was involved with in some degree as an athlete myself, and getting to work under Jan and his tutelage is really cool,” he said. “The next generation’s coming – the shoe’s gotta be replaced – and I get to help show and teach them.”

Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program finishes 11th in the men’s Modern Pentathlon event Aug. 20, 2016, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Tim Hipps US Army/IMCOM.

What’s up next for the 25-year old is still up in the air. He’s back home helping around the family ranch, and is planning on going back to school to get a degree in communications. He likes coaching, though, and said that could be in his future as well.

“I never thought I could be a coach. Never thought that time would come,” he said. “Time keeps on rolling and I think coaching will be a good way to give back.”

As to the 2020 Olympics, that’s really not on his radar right now but Olesinski thinks Schrimsher could change his mind.

“He needs time to rest and who knows? Maybe he’ll come back in,” the coach said.

In the meantime, the NMMI cadets will get the advantage of his expertise, and he’ll pull for his brother to maybe try for Tokoyo.

“It’s an interesting time right now. We’re just kind of figuring it out. I’m kind of writing it off. I’m kind of done and ready to move on to the next step, but Lucas, we’ll see. There’s a lot of time still, and he’s young, too, so there’s plenty of chances in the future if he decides.”

And who knows? Maybe Schrimsher will find a youngster who wants to follow in his footsteps, just as he did Olesinski’s.

Nathan Schrimsher’s Olympic ring that he wears every day. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson.

Early graduation for Eight Colts headed to state

From left to right: Jose Carlos Baranzini Rebeil, Fausto Baranzini Rogel, Octavio Lopez, Jake Parker Guerrero, Aaron Guadalupe Sanchez, Michel Alejandro Hinojos Chavez, Sierra Jane Walker and Emilio Maldonado Zuzuarregui

From left to right: Jose Carlos Baranzini Rebeil, Fausto Baranzini Rogel, Octavio Lopez, Jake Parker Guerrero, Aaron Guadalupe Sanchez, Michel Alejandro Hinojos Chavez, Sierra Jane Walker and Emilio Maldonado Zuzuarregui

Eight high school cadet student athletes were honored with an early graduation ceremony on Wednesday afternoon at the Mabee Auditorium in the Toles Leaning Center on the NMMI campus: seven members of the Colt baseball team and one member of the Lady Colt track and field team.

Both NMMI teams qualified and will compete in the NMAA’s Class 4A State Championships this weekend, and might otherwise miss the Institute’s normal high school graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday.

The Colt baseball team takes on top-seeded Hope Chrisitian in the quarterfinals at 1:00 pm on Thursday at Rio Rancho High School.

Sierra Walker, along with her sophomore sister Mia Walker, will compete in several events – including the 800m, 1600m and 3200m runs – on Friday and Saturday at UNM’s track and field complex in Albuquerque.

Best of luck to our eight early grads this week at state and at the next level!

Padilla takes gold in 800 at state track

Christian Padilla stands on the top rung of the ladder after winning the 800-meter run at the AAAA state track tournament.

Christian Padilla stands on the top rung of the ladder after winning the 800-meter run at the AAAA state track tournament.

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Christian Padilla stands at the end of the 800-meter run as his winning time is flashed on the screen behind him.

Christian Padilla stands at the end of the 800-meter run as his winning time is flashed on the screen behind him.

ALBUQUERQUE — Colt track athletes brought home three more medals Saturday at the AAAA state track meet in Albuquerque, led by sophomore Christian Padilla, who took gold in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 400-meter dash. And Sierra Walker got her second medal of the weekend with a third in the 800.

“We did very good today,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “One gold medal, one bronze medal, one fourth place and one eighth place. So we did excellent.”

Both Walker ad Padilla ran in the 800, with Walker taking home third behind East Mountain and Robertson runners.

“It wasn’t the best race for her, but she did well,” Olesinski said. “She competed very well.”

Sierra WAlker runs in the 1,600-meter medley. She took home a bronze medal in the 800-meter run.

Sierra Walker runs in the 1,600-meter medley. She took home a bronze medal in the 800-meter run.

Walker’s little sister, eighth-grader Mia, took 14th in the half-mile race.

Padilla then continued to improve from his eighth-place seeding, edging East Mountain’s Alex Heffelfinger, the defending state champ, by mere 10ths of a second to claim the title.

“He ran a great race. He competed well,” the coach said.

Only an hour and a half later, the sophomore ran in the 400, getting a slightly slower time than in Friday’s preliminaries. He ran a great 300 meters, Olesinski said, but slowed down a bit in the final 100, most likely because he was tired from the 800.

The girls 1,600-meter medley relay also ran a bit slower than Friday, finishing eighth. Olesinski said 100-meter runners Alexandria Rivera and Grace Tompkins ran faster than the day before and Mia Walker matched her time, but Sierra walker ran a bit slower, again because of running the 800 earlier in the day.

And despite the few Colt athletes competing, the high finishes gave each team a respectable finish: the boys took 12th of 19 and the girls 14th out of 18.

“Overall, they competed very well,” Olesinski said. “We had five runners and everybody competed.”

NMMI Individual results
Boys

800-meter run — 1, Christian Padilla, 1:57.25
400-meter dash — 4, Christian Padilla, 50.69

Girls
800-meter run — 3, Sierra Walker, 2:25.17
1,600-meter medley relay — 8, NMMI (Alexandria Rivera, Grace Tompkins, Mia Walker, Sierra Walker, 4:38.62

AAAA Boys, team — 1, Taos, 97; 2, Silver, 74.33; 3, Portales, 48.33; 4, Bloomfield, 32; 5, East Mountain; 29; 6, West Las Vegas, 27; 7, Kirtland Central, 26.33; 8, Hope Christian, 24; 9, St. Michael’s, 22; 10, Ruidoso; 13; 11, Robertson, 12; 12, NMMI, 10; 13, Bosque School, 9; 14, Hot Springs, 8; 15 (tie), Santa Fe Indian School; Shiprock, 7; 17, Pojoaque, 4; 18, Cobre, 3; 19, Zuni, 1

AAAA Girls, team — 1, Hope Christian, 79.50; 2, Silver, 47; 3, St. Michael’s, 38; 4, Sandia Prep, 37; 5, Robertson, 36.50; 6, Ruidoso, 35; 7, Bosque School, 32; 8 (tie), Taos; East Mountain, 31; 10, Portales, 26.50; 11, Bloomfield, 13; 12 (tie), Kirtland Central; Pojoaque, 10; 14, NMMI, 9; 15, West Las Vegas, 6; 16, Hot Springs, 5.50; 17, Shiprock; 4; 18, Cobre, 3

Christian Padilla in the 800

Grace Tompkins ran the second leg in the 1,600-meter run.

Grace Tompkins ran the second leg in the 1,600-meter run.

Mia WAlker competed in the 800-meter run and medley relay.

Mia Walker competed in the 800-meter run and medley relay.

Sierra Walker on the podium after her third-place finish in the 800.

Sierra Walker on the podium after her third-place finish in the 800.

The Colt athletes with their medals.

The Colt athletes with their medals.