New Mexico Future Stars: Grace Montoya

In this week's edition of New Mexico Future Stars, we'll be looking at recent standout freshmen performances. 

New Mexico, if you haven't already, meet Grace Montoya!

Clocking 5:23.93 in the 1,600m and 11:47.81 in the 3,200m, the freshman from Los Alamos High School is currently leading the state in the freshman class in both events, while also sitting No. 3 in the 800m with her time of 2:28.91. 

She earned these marks recently at the Chandler Rotary Invitational in Chandler, Arizona. Just last spring as an eighth-grader, Montoya ran 5:41.21 at this same meet. 

This past weekend at the Bernalillo Relays, Montoya raced the 800m and snatched her second individual victory of the season, crossing the line in 2:28.96. That was only 0.05 seconds off of her time in Chandler.

Montoya is just getting started. She will definitely be a star to keep your eyes this outdoor season.

Quick Takes


Billy Romero, Taos - Romero recently competed at the Chandler Rotary Invitational in both the 1,600m (4:46.94) and the 3,200m (10:04.34). He is leading the freshman class in both events in the state.

Sophia CoxBelen - Cox is currently undefeated in the 200m this season, leading the state's freshman class with her time of 26.40. She is only one of two freshman girls to dip under 27 seconds this season.