EMHS Competes in Track State Championship

Last weekend EMHS competed in the 2018 NMAA Track & Field Championships, with four athletes in four different events.
Senior Elias Padilla, our only male qualifier, ran in the 400m prelims on Friday, ranked 8th overall, with 8 making finals.  He ran a great race, holding off all but one on the homestretch to place 2nd in his heat to earn a spot in the finals.  He set a new PR of 51.89 in the process.
On Saturday, he ran another gutsy race, getting our hard.  On the homestretch, there was a lot of passing going on but when it all shook out, Elias earned All-State honors with a 6th place finish a another PR with a time of 51.27.
The other EMHS event on Friday was the girls 3200m with Marissa Case.  The race went out slow (with one rabbit way in front but the main pack chasing).  Marissa led the main pack for much of the race until the eventual winner, Cora Cannedy from Taos, made a move.  This left Marissa and two Hope Christian girls battling for 2nd.  There were many passes and moves made in the final two laps but in the final 100m, Marissa was outkicked and placed 4th overall.  This was a great finish overall for her as it is her first All-State honors.
On Saturday, the girls 800m race featured Rubie Trotter and Amelia Johnson.  The race went out fast, with the main pack chasing eventual winner Skyler Gee from Sandia Prep.  Amelia was near the front while Rubie stayed back.  In the final 150m, everyone sprinted hard to the end with some jostling and place changes but in the end, Rubie placed 5th and Amelia 6th for All-State honors.  Both set new PRs in the process!
In the final event for EMHS, Rubie, Marissa, and Amelia ran in the 1600m.  The race was tough, with all three tired from their previous races and the heat and wind taking a toll.  Again, the pace was slow from the start.  After three laps, Marissa and Rubie were trying to hold on for 6th while Amelia was behind them.  Rubie, held on, and with a final 100m as fast as she ever has run, went from 9th to 6th for her final race in high school and 4th All-State honors in track & field.  Marissa ended up 8th and Amelia 9th.
Overall, for EMHS, it was great way to end the season.  All four that qualified for state ended up coming home with a medal (Elias – 400, Rubie – 800 & 1600, Marissa – 3200, Amelia – 800).  Our seniors (Elias and Rubie) showed a lot hear, pushing to get the most out of themselves throughout the weekend.  Marissa and Amelia put themselves on the map for upcoming seasons.