Paz, Lady Warriors shine

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The Warriors came home loaded with 17 new medals from the AAA state track meet held in Albuquerque last Friday and Saturday. The Lady Warriors can boast 12 of those medals, having competed in a total of 14 events at the meet last weekend. The boys brought home another five, including two first-place medals in jumping events, earned by Adam Paz.

Photo courtesy Michelle Paz: Adam Paz leaps into the long jump Saturday at the AAA state track meet in Albuquerque. Paz took state in the AAA long jump competition, as well as the triple jump.

Adam Paz continued to show his skill in the triple jump and long jump events, taking the first-place medals in both events with cumulative scores of 45 feet, 3 inches and 21-10.0 respectively.

Lady Warrior Tamera Chavez improved her time in the 100-meter dash enough to bump her from fourth place in preliminaries to third place in the final, with a time of 12.71 seconds.

Chavez also participated with her teammates in the 4×100-meter relay, in which they placed second, and the 4×200-meter relay, in which they placed fifth. Dezirae Armijo also improved her time in the 400-meter dash, from 1:02.46 in preliminaries to 1:01.73 in the final race, for a jump from fifth to fourth place. Armijo also participated on the both the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×200-meter relay. In addition, JeriAna Contreras improved her preliminary time of 16.95 to a final of 16.60 in the 100-meter hurdles, and took third place. She was on the 4×200-meter team as well. Daneisha Thornton was on both the 4×100 and 4×200 teams, and Janae Matai was a part of the 4×100-meter dash team.

The girls team also did well in field events. Contreras placed third in the Class AAA high jump, Thornton took fourth in shot put: Armijo placed fifth in the long jump; Julie Aster placed fourth in pole vaulting; Tayler Hammack placed third in the javelin throw and eighth in shot put; and Bryn Botko took fifth in discus.

The Warrior boys team also placed in several events. Adam Paz brought home a total of four medals, including taking state in long jump and triple jump, as well as fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles.

Dylan Gallegos improved his final race by an impressive 1.70 minutes in the 400-meter dash and leapt from eigth in the preliminaries to fifth place in the final.

Gallegos was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team, which took 9th place in state.

“Adam had the highest score at a state meet of any of our kids from Socorro in the last 12 to 15 years,” said Cody Lee, boys track head coach for the Warriors. “He racked up 18 of our 20 points, and brought home four of the five medals Socorro received in the boys events.”

Paz has been invited to participate in the long jump and the triple jump events at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque on June 8. This meet is by invitation only and held at the University of New Mexico track. From there, Paz will travel to Australia to compete in an international competition through Down Under Sports in the triple jump from June 30 through July 7.

Paz is the only male jumper from New Mexico who is participating in this competition. Upon his return from Australia, Paz will represent Socorro Warriors in the North/South All-Star game on July 8.

Paz plans to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall, and hopes to continue his athletic career as a walk-on for the UNM track team.