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When it comes to the high jump, Faith Powell of Taos High School has been consistently at the top since she was an eighth grader.  Powell has finished with the top height at state every year since 2015.  In fact, last year she won “three” events at the state meet. Now in her final season, she’s going for a back-to-back triple performance.

You gotta have Faith. That’s what every other track coach is saying.  Taos High School senior Faith Powell has a chance to rack up more medals next month at the state meet.

“I have an opportunity for long, triple and high state records,” said the senior.  “Going in I’m hoping to break all three.

She won those three events last year at state.  Here are the marks she has to reach for the Class 4A records.

Class 4A State Records


High Jump                   5’9”                 Kelli Myers, Lovington 1999


Long Jump                   18’6.75”          Lanelle Scarbrough, Onate 1991


Triple Jump                 39’7”*             Aasha Marler, Hope Christian 2011


*New Mexico State Record


“I would be really honored to hold three state records, just leaving New Mexico and showing that New Mexico athletes are capable of more than what we’re perceived to be and we can go big and follow our dreams,” she said.

Faith says she loves going to the track because it helps her overcome obstacles.

“Just a hard home life, I guess,” Faith described.  “I’m going on my own to college.  I have the support of my track family and my coaches and a couple family members at home, so that’s definitely something I need.”

“Track has been something that has been there for me, like an outlet,” she explained.  “I just love getting to compete against other people and the way it makes me feel when I get a run in.”

Powell recently finished first in the high jump and triple jump at the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions.  We’ll see if she can do the same at the state meet in a couple weeks.

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