This weekend athletes from the greater Southwest region flock
to Albuquerque for the Great Southwest Classic hosted at the University Of New Mexico.
The Land of Enchantments best have the unique opportunity to compete at home in
front of friends and family against some of the best high school athletes in
the United States.
Taos' Jonah Vigil
will take on the top 100m sprinter in the U.S. Mathew Boling of Texas and the
top 400m sprinter Justin Robinson of Illinois. Vigil who just a couple weeks
ago took home four individual 4a state titles (100m,200m,400, Long Jump) along
with a 4x400m title. At the 4A State Championship he set new personal bests in
the 100m with a 10.51 and 200m 21.30. Strake
Jesuit Senior and Georgia Commit Mathew Boling enters Great Southwest with a stellar
9.98 wind aided 100m. A slew of Texas speedsters will also take the blocks on
Saturday. Vigil is marque event is the 400m where he stands as the only New Mexican
to break 47 second barrier (46.99). U.S. #1 Justin Robinson of Illinois will be
in attendance with an impressive 46.22.
La Cueva Sophomore Stevie Salas leads the way for New Mexico
distance events he is entered in the 800, Mile, and 3200m. Salas is the NMAA boys
5A State Champion in the 3200m and finished in the top four for the 800m(4th)
and 1600m (3rd).
Carlsbad's Austin Atencio competes in the 200m as well as taking
on U.S. #2 Mathew Boling (26-03.50) in the Long Jump. Atencio is the NMAA boys 5A
state champion and holds a personal best jump of 23-10.
Silver's Chris Cruz takes on Discus duty for New
Mexico. Cruz is the NMAA boys 4A state champion with a 167-02.
Albuquerque Academy Junior Teagun Glenn will take on New
Mexico throws competing in the Discus, Javelin and Shot Put. In the Javelin he
takes on U.S. #2 Sam Hankins of Kansas. Glenn is the NMAA 4A State Champion in
the shot put and runner up in the Javelin and Discus.
Portales' Aiden Cabeldue and Clovis' Pacer Hill represent in
the pole vault. Both are apart of the 14-foot club and are NMAA 4A state champion
(Cabeldue) and NMAA 5A state runner up (Hill). U.S. #15 Bowman Starr of
Washington leads the field.
Sandia Sophomore Phenom Adriana Tatum represents New Mexico
in the 100m and 200m. she is back-to-back NMAA 5A state champion in those
events. She will face off against premier talent in the form of U.S. #4 Deanna
Nowling in the 100m and U.S. #5 Jan'Taijah Ford in the 200m who is #3 in 400m respectively.
Tatum's teammates Sandia Sophomore Savanna Lawson and Sandia
Junior Mia Roy along with Sandia Prep Junior Sevilla Duran in the 100m hurdles.
Lawson and Duran NMAA runner up honors in 5A and 4A while Roy 5th in
5A. leading the field is U.S. #4 Jayla Hollis of Texas with a time of 13.40.
Sandia's Lawson will also compete in long jump where she is
the NMAA 5A state runner-up with a jump of 18-04.50.
Silver's Mariah Humphrey holds the second-best mark entering
the girls javelin with a 144-3 throw. Humphrey is the NMAA 4A state champion.
Albuquerque Academy 8th grader and little sister
of Academy Junior Teagun Glenn, Sterling Glenn is entered in the throws where
she took home top 5 finishes in javelin, shot put(2nd) and discus(3rd)
javelin(5th). I repeat Sterling
is an 8TH GRADER!!!
Taos' Abigail Gunther is the lone New Mexican in the Pole
Vault. She comes into the contest with a personal best of 12-0 and is the NMAA
4A state champion. Leading the field in girls pole vault is U.S. #2 Lianne
Mayfield Junior Raegan Gorzeman is entered in
the 400m and 800m. she finished 3rd in the 5A state championship,
holds a personal best of 2:15.23 and will be racing against U.S. #3
Taylor James of Colorado (2:05.83) as well as U.S. #4 Dominque Mustin of
Complete field of New Mexico athletes competing at Great