It was a result that no one on the Mesa Vista High School boys sprint medley team expected, nor saw coming.
That’s why when the quartet of Alejandro Trujillo, Anthony Vigil, Danny Gollas and Damian Trujillo edged out Texico High School by five-one-thousandths of a second to win the Class 2A boys 1600-meter sprint medley in 3 minutes, 49.175 seconds, their faces were filled with equal parts of shock and elation.
Luckily for Damian Trujillo, his face was left without a scratch after a fall to the track at the finish line — which made all the difference in the end with the mere separation from Texico’s time of 3:49.180.
Not only did the Trojans win the event, but they improved their time by better than five seconds (3:55.71) from a day earlier in the preliminaries.
“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Damian Trujillo said about the time improvement. “I know in the 800 (preliminaries) I ran pretty slow, so I just kept telling myself I have to make it up.”
He more than made up for it, kicking in the afterburners on the final lap to cement the win, falling past the finish line in front of the Wolverines’ David Lopez.
“We saw nothing but determination (from Damian),” Alejandro Trujillo said about the final lap.
“All we could do was watch and hope he gave it his all to come through,” Gollas added.
In their own minds, the Mesa Vista boys believed the day would come down to the possibility of just sniffing the podium, but the conclusion was much different, because they ended up at the top of it above all others.
“We honestly thought it would be a fight for sixth place, just to barely medal,” Gollas said. “Not a fight for first.”
The only other athlete from Mesa Vista was the defending state champion in the Class 2A 200-meter and 400-meter dashes in Abrianna Griego, who did not have as of a climatic experience this time around in her senior year, but still placed second to win the silver in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.11. Cerria Lucero of Hagerman High School took first at 2:27.41
Griego took home another medal in the 400, as she placed fourth (1:02.29), but fell one spot short of qualifying for the 200, as her preliminary time of 28.30 was nine-tenths of a second too slow behind the final placer in Jessica LeBron from Desert Academy.
McCurdy wins 3 medals
Athletes from McCurdy Charter School filled 15 events at state, and they didn’t go home completely empty handed.
Three medals were collected in all, highlighted by senior Jacob Martinez’s second place effort in the long jump. His mark of 20 feet, 1 inch was five inches behind the winner, Stephen Sanchez, from Santa Rosa High School.
Sophomore Andres Martinez collected the last medal in the triple jump (39-5) with a sixth-place finish, and the girls sprint medley team did so as well.
The Lady Bobcats’ unit of Emma Lovato, Jeneva Serrano, Angie Arroyo and Jayme Bustos did just enough to reach the podium, as their time of 4:44.23 edged out Escalante High School in seventh place.
“This is my fifth year at state and I’ve never gotten a medal ever,” Arroyo, a senior, said. “It’s the best feeling ever, no matter what place it is, it just feels awesome.”
Dulce senior tastes individual events
Dulce High School’s Tunte Vigil was finally able to taste the experience of competing at state as an individual. Prior to this year’s state meet, she had only competed as part of the girls sprint medley team.
It was the perfect time to get her feet wet before heading off to Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif. to continue her track and field career.
“I was very excited and I trained all year hard,” Vigil said. “I was just looking forward to this.”
No medals were collected, as Vigil finished eighth in the 400 (1:06.73), ninth in the 800 (2:37.82), 12th in the triple jump (28-5.75) and 12th out of 17 competitors in the high jump (4-4).
“She’s a really hard worker and she listens to what you tell her,” Dulce head coach Lewis Martinez said. “It’s a great experience for her. Being with us for the last five years, she’s done what she has to do and I congratulate her on her acceptance to Antelope.”
Vigil will shift all her focus to the 400 and 800 in Lancaster.
“I decided to go there because they told me I’d specialize in those events,” she said. “Those are the two races that I really like.”