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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.

NMMI Sports Press

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.

Colt tracksters have “outstanding” day

Sierra Walker just missed the top spot on the podium in the 1,600-meter run, finishing second by less than two seconds.

Sierra Walker just missed the top spot on the podium in the 1,600-meter run, finishing second by less than two seconds.

NMMI Sports Press

ALBUQUERQUE — The quality of the NMMI track athletes showed through Friday at the AAAA state meet in Albuquerque as everyone who ran either came home with a medal, or qualified for Saturday’s medal round.

Sierra Walker started off the day by earning a second-place medal in the 1,600-meter run. The junior shaved almost 17 seconds off her best time of the year, trailing winner Aubri Wrye of East Mountain by a mere two seconds.

“It was a good race. She competed very well,” said coach Jan Olesinski.

Christian Padilla then ran in the 400-meters, a race where he was seeded eighth. He shaved 1.6 seconds off his best time of the year to finish second less than a second behind a runner from Silver.

The Lady Colt 1,600-meter medley relay — Alexandria Rivera, Grace Tompkins, Mia Walker and Sierra Walker — didn’t quite match their seeded time, but they still made it to the finals.

“Sierra was a little bit tired after her run and the 200 girl had a little bit of trouble with her handoff, but overall they qualified for the final and are looking forward for tomorrow,” Olesinski said.

Both Sierra Walker and Padilla will compete in the 800-meter run Saturday; Padilla will try to medal in the 400; and the relay team will try to pick up their pace and bring home some hardware as well.

“Everybody did very good. Everybody made the finals and everybody is still competing,” Olesinski said.“The team did outstanding.”

NMMI results
Girls

1,600-meter run — 2, Sierra Walker, 5:15.50
1,600-meter medley relay — 7, N.M.M.I. (Alexandria Rivera, Grace Tompkins, Mia Walker, Sierra Walker), 4:37.20

Boys
400-meter run — 2, Christian Padilla, 50.30

Christian Padilla ran a personal best in the 400-meter dash, qualifying for the finals with a second-best time.

Christian Padilla ran a personal best in the 400-meter dash, qualifying for the finals with a second-best time.

Sierra Walker in 1,600-meter run

Quality Colt runners could bring home medals

NMMI Sports Press

Sierra Walker, 800m Run

Sierra Walker in the 800m Run at the Warrior Invitational on Apr. 16.

There won’t be many Colts headed to the state track tournament in Albuquerque this weekend, but as the saying goes, it’s quality before quantity. And quality is what NMMI will be bringing.

Because the Institute graduation is the same day as the tourney, the seniors on the squad opted for ceremony rather than competition. But juniors Sierra Walker, Alexandria Rivera and Christian Padilla; sophomores Grace Tompkins and Abby Valadez and eighth-grader Mia Walker will be trying to bring home hardware, and coach Jan Olesinski thinks that could happen.

“I think they’ll do well,” he said. “I think they look good. They’re motivated. They’re ready. State is state, the weather can change or anything can happen, but overall, I think they’re ready and will do well.”

Christian Padilla with the second place finish in the 800m.

Christian Padilla with the second place finish in the 800m Run at the RISD Early Bird Meet on Mar. 3.

Walker has the first and most chances to take home a medal. She has the fourth fastest time in the 1,600-meter run, 5:32.64, and will run in the finals of that race just after noon Friday.

The junior will also run in the preliminary heat of the 1,600-meter medley relay, along with Rivera, Tompkins and little sister Mia Walker. That relay team, which will run Friday about 3:30 p.m., has the second fastest time in the state, 4:29.84.

Padilla will also run in a preliminary heat Friday, trying to make the top eight in the 400-meter dash to get to Saturday’s finals. Padilla’s 51.97 is currently the eighth fastest time in the state, but is only 10ths of a second behind the No. 4-7 runners.

Grace Tompkins in the 100m Dash at the Artesia Invitational on Apr. 22.

Grace Tompkins in the 100m Dash at the Artesia Invitational on Apr. 22.

Saturday, both Walkers and Padilla will compete in the 800-meter finals.

Sierra is leading the state in that race with a time of 2:19.57, more than a second ahead of her closest rival. Eighth-grader Mia is down in the pack, but at state, anything can happen, and Padilla sits in eighth in the boys race.

The Lady Colts are set to run that race about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with the boys starting about 12:45.

Mia Walker in the 800m Run.

Mia Walker in the 800m Run at the District Championship Meet on May 6.

And, if Padilla or the Lady Colt relay qualify for the finals, they’ll have Saturday races as well: Padilla’s race is scheduled for 11:09 a.m., while the girls will compete at 3:23.

The state track meet takes place at the University of New Mexico track and field complex, on Cesar Chavez Blvd. just east of University.

Abigail Valadez in the 3200m Run.

Abigail Valadez in the 3200m Run at the District Championship Meet on May 6.

 

Alexandria Rivera, 100m Dash

Alexandria Rivera in the 100m Dash at the Artesia Invitational on Apr. 22.

 

More Colt tracksters qualify for state

Colt senior Tymon Dalton sails over a hurdle en route to winning the District 4-AAAA 300-meter hurdle title.

Colt senior Tymon Dalton sails over a hurdle en route to winning the District 4-AAAA 300-meter hurdle title.

NMMI Sports Press

Sierra Walker in the 800m Run.

Sierra Walker in the 800m Run.

RUIDOSO — While neither Colt nor Lady Colt track qualified for state as a team, they had some strong individual performances Friday, qualifying several more individuals and another relay.

One of the day’s biggest surprises was senior Tymon Dalton, who only started competing in the hurdles two weeks ago, and was posting times around 45 seconds in the 300-meter high hurdles.

But Friday, he shaved three seconds off that time, winning the event with a 42.88 and qualifying for Albuquerque next Friday and Saturday.

Another pleasant surprise was eighth-grader Mia Walker, who finished second in the 800-meter run giving her a berth at state both by time and place. She and her sister, Sierra Walker, will be competing in that race, and Sierra qualified her third distance: the 400. The junior will be running in the 400, 800 and 1,600-meter runs.

She’ll also be helping the 1,600-meter sprint relay — which currently had the second best time in AAAA — try to win that race.

Randell Major hands off the baton to Christian Padilla in the 4x100m Relay.

Randell Major hands off the baton to Christian Padilla in the 4x100m Relay.

Another new qualifier was the boys 4×100-meter relay. Fausto Baranzini, Randall Major, Dalton and Christian Padilla got second with a qualifying time of 44.84.

Padilla also requalified in the 400 dash, taking the title in 52.78.

Just barely missing were Baranzini in the 100-meter dash, who finished third just 4/100ths of a second off the qualifying time, and Jacob Piñon, who took third in the 1,600, beating his brother for the first time this season with his best time all year.

The state meet is set to begin at 8 a.m. Friday with field events, with running events set to begin at 10 a.m.

District 4-AAAA meet
Boys results, team —
1, Portales, 133; 2, East Mountain, 78; 3, Ruidoso, 46; 4, NMMI, 25

Individuals
100-meter dash — 3, Baranzini, Fausto, 11.87, 3; 5, Major, Randell, 12.40
200-meter dash — 6, Major, Randell, 25.81
400-meter dash — 1, Padilla, Christian, 52.78
1,600-meter run — 3, Pinon, Jacob, 5:50.71; 6, Pinon, Joshua, 5:59.38
3,200-meter run – 6, Pinon, Jacob, 13:27.60
300-meter hurdles — 1, Dalton, Tymon, 42.88
4×100-meter relay — 2, NMMI, (Baranzini, Major, Dalton, Padilla), 44.84
4×400-meter relay — 3, NMMI, (Baranzini, Major, Padilla, Dalton), 3:38.09
Discus — 7, Taylor, Christian, 94′ 1; 8, Varela, Hugo, 92′ 9.5″

Girls results, team — 1, Ruidoso, 119; 2, Portales, 106; 3, East Mountain, 44; 4, NMMI, 8

Individuals
100-meter dash — 10, Tompkins, Grace, 15.36
200-meter dash — 9, Tompkins, Grace, 32.37
400-meter dash — 2, Walker, Sierra, 1:00.92
800-meter run — 2, Walker, Mia, 2:32.63
3,200-meter run — 6, Valadez, Abby, 15:36.22
4×400-meter relay — 4, NMMI (Avila, Valadez, Walker, Walker), 4:47.29

Joshua Pinon in the 1600m Run.

Joshua Pinon in the 1600m Run.

Mia Walker in the 800m Run.

Mia Walker in the 800m Run.

Grace Tompkins completes the last leg of the Lady Colt's 4x100m Relay.

Grace Tompkins completes the last leg of the Lady Colt’s 4x100m Relay.

Abigail Valadez in the 3200m Run.

Abigail Valadez in the 3200m Run.

Fausto Baranzini (back) in the 100m Dash.

Fausto Baranzini (back) in the 100m Dash.

Lady Colt medley relay, Padilla qualify for state

Sierra waiting 4/29

Sierra Walker watches as her sister Mia makes her way to the handoff point in the 1,600-meter medley relay.

NMMI Sports Press

LOVINGTON — Lady Colt track got their first relay team qualified for State on Friday at the Ross Black Relays in Lovington, while Colt Christian Padilla qualified in this third event, winning the 400-meter dash.

Alexandra Rivera, Grace Tompkins, eighth grader Mia Walker and her sister, junior Sierra Walker, won the 1,600-meter medley by more than 12 seconds over the second-place finisher, district rival Ruidoso.

The Colts were running in the slower heat vs. 6A Hobbs and 5A Goddard. At the third handoff, from Mia Walker to big sister Sierra, NMMI was in a distant third. But by the end of the first 400-meter leg, Walker had moved into second and made it look easy on the final 400 to take the victory by 21 seconds over the Eagles.

And despite running in the faster heat, all the Warriors could do was a 4:42.04 compared to the NMMI 4:29.84.

Padilla did run in the fast heat of the 400 to get first, while Fausto Baranzini ran two heats back and still finished third, missing the qualifying time by less than a second.

And Tymon Dalton ran the 300-meter hurdles for the first time this season, finishing eighth just 1.3 seconds above the qualifying time and faster than every district runner competing.

NMMI’s throwers weren’t able to get any marks in Friday’s meet because the scratch line was set very high, but, said coach Katie Dollahan, “having the bar set high made us push farther and we saw some distance gains in the shot, discus and javelin.”

She thinks Hugo Varela and Christian Taylor have a chance to qualify in discus at the district meet in Ruidoso May 6.

Ross Black Relays, NMMI results
Boys, team —
1, Clovis, 99; 2, Lovington, 68;3, Artesia, 65; 4, Carlsbad, 64.5; 5, Portales, 51.5;; 6, Hobbs, 40; 7, Roswell, 25; 8, Ruidoso, 18; 9, NMMI, 13; 10, Goddard, 10

Individuals
100-meter dash — 5, Baranzini, Fausto, 11.90; 22, Major, Randell, 12.88
200-meter dash — 7, Padilla, Christian, 23.90; 16, Dalton, Tymon, 24.96; 24, Major, Randell, 25.66; 33, Aranda, Andres, 27.41
400-meter dash — 1, Padilla, Christian, 51.97; 3, Baranzini, Fausto, 53.34; 29, Waruingi, Michael, 1:05.16
300-meter hurdles — 8, Dalton, Tymon, 44.60

Girls, team — 1, Clovis, 86; Carlsbad, 76; 3, Hobbs, 68; 4, Portales, 58; 5, Roswell, 47; 6, Artesia, 42; 7, Ruidoso, 39; 8, Lovington, 23; 9, NMMI, 10; 10, Goddard, 5

Individuals
100-meter dash — 28, Rivera, Alexandria, 15.49; 33, Tompkins, Grace, 16.02
200-meter dash — 12, Walker, Sierra, 29.66; 27, Walker, Mia, 31.16
1,600-meter run — 19, Valadez, Abby, 6:44.52
1,600-meter medley relay — 1, NMMI (Alexandra Rivera, Grace Tompkins, Mia Walker, Sierra Walker), 4:29.84