Trujillo wins Wright memorial rugby honors

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The Jeremiah Wright trophy, awarded each spring to New Mexico Tech’s most valuable male rugby player, has been awarded via team ballots to Blaine Trujillo for the 2012-2013 academic year. He was also recognized as the Pygmies’ outstanding member at New Mexico Tech’s sport club banquet on April 26. Trujillo receives a

Submitted photo: Blaine Trujillo was voted most valuable male rugby player.

personalized engraved pewter mug and a nameplate bearing his name appears on the trophy with those of nine previous recipients.

The Jeremiah Wright trophy and cup are awarded in the memory of former NMT Rugby Club captain Jeremiah Wright of Raton who died during his senior year in 2002 when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a recklessly-driven law enforcement vehicle in Socorro. Beginning in 2004, 10 names have been affixed to the Jeremiah Wright trophy, which resides at the NMT gymnasium: Mark Kelly, Rob Harrison, Phillip Turner, Seth Daly, Matt Majors, Matt Nelson, Jay Herrera, Isaiah Sanchez, Enrique Koerdell and now Blaine Trujillo.

The NMT Rugby Club, celebrating its 40th year in 2013, also recently elected outstanding players in the following categories:

Most Valuable Back: Enrique Koerdell

Most Valuable Forward: Blaine Trujillo

Rising Star: Isaac Juarez

Most Improved: Brian Arko

Service to Club: Blaine Trujillo

Favorite Teammate: Rick Cosentino

Best Attacker: Enrique Koerdell

Best Defender: Isaiah Sanchez

Coach’s Award: Enrique Koerdell

Rick Cosentino, a doctoral candidate in physics, was also named New Mexico Tech’s sportsman of the year at the annual banquet of the NMT sport club program on April 26.

Blaine Trujillo, an Isleta Pueblo member, was born in Albuquerque, on Dec. 19, 1989. Blaine worked on the family ranch instead of playing sports and graduated in 2008 from Los Lunas High School.

He began playing rugby at New Mexico Tech the following autumn and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering this spring. During his undergraduate years he gained a specialization in mechatronics and looks forward to a career in the aerospace industry following graduate school.

At 5 feet, 9 inches and 190 pounds, Blaine Trujillo has grown into a solid yet mobile and agile rugby player. He played virtually all 15 rugby positions at one time or another during his five years at Tech, steadily developing from a quiet team member into one whose modest words his teammates came to trust.

“When I started, not much was heard from me, but I listened to what was going on around me.” What he learned has led to is current achievements.

“I believe every problem has a solution, and every obstacle overcome is proof that a person can overcome hardships or problems. What’s required is having the resources available and the dedication to succeed.”

Trujillo joined his team at the Celtic Sevens tournament held annually in conjunction with the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park.

With team members scattered to the summer breezes one week after graduation at Tech, Blaine’s role filling in at scrum half, a position he rarely plays, mirrored the utility and unselfishness of a glorious rugby career.