ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Jonah Vigil did something he normally does not while running the 400 meters at the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions. "It's putting it all together finally, the whole race," said Vigil. I always slow down at the 200. That would be like my resting point in the race then I kick it at the 100, but today I just pushed it through." Vigil pushed through to a time of 46.99 Monday. The first place time broke the old record held by Bobby Newcombe since 1997.
Vigil later found himself competing in the 200 meters with Manzano speedster and former national champion Jordan Byrd. Byrd was able to slip by Vigil in the 200, but it was not easy in a stiff wind. Byrd ran a 22.29 while Vigil ran a 22.56. "I was fighting the wind and him," said Byrd. "I knew he was going to be pushing me especially after that 400. I knew he wanted to get all three wins so I knew I had to go hard."
Byrd also won the 100 meters at Monday's meet. Haley Rizek of St. Pius dominated the girls hurdles, winning both the 100 and 300 meters. Cibola's Nicole Lawrence was the winner of the girls 800 meters with a time of a little over 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Alicia Meraz-Fishbein was second with a time of 2 minutes and 16 seconds.