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Pair of Knight track and field athletes making statewide impact

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Organ Mountain High School, formerly Oñate High, has a great tradition in track and field.

This year, the Knights are having another strong season and have a couple of athletes making an impact on the statewide level.

Senior Jonathan “J.T.” Torres recently took second place in the boys pole vault at the prestigious Meet of Champions in Albuquerque.

As of this writing, Torres’ personal-record (PR) mark is 13 feet, 6 inches, which makes him the second-ranked pole vaulter overall in the state and first in the big-school 5A division.

Torres also runs the 400 and 800 meters and two relays.

“So far, the season has been unfolding great,” Torres said. “I have been running good times every meet and jumping higher every time. I am really happy with that.,”

Torres said his goal is to break the school record of 14-2 in the pole vault and take first place at the state meet in 5A in the event.

Torres said he loves the pole vault because he takes a combination of speed and power and gives him an identity that stands out at the high school.

Organ Mountain’s longtime track coach David Nuñez said Torres has an outstanding work ethic and a passion for the sport.

In girls competition, sophomore Shaolin Munir recently took first place at the Meet of Champions in the javelin. As of this writing, her PR is 130-11 and her goal is to break the state record of 142 feet.

Munir is a softball player who came out for track for the first time this spring.

“It feels like a competition with myself,” Munir said about participating in track. “Every time I go out, I want to PR and get something better than I did before. It’s like a challenge for me.”

Nuñez said Munir has continued the school’s strong tradition of having excellent girl javelin throwers and has taken it to the next level by breaking the school record.

“Her attitude is what impresses me the most for being just a sophomore,” Nuñez said.

The 3-5A District Championship meet will be Friday, May 6 at the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces. The state 5A championships will be May 13-14 at the UNM Track Stadium in Albuquerque.