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In a very short period of time, Sandia sophomore Adriana Tatum burst onto the track scene and has gotten everyone’s attention.

Last year at the state meet, Tatum won the 100m dash as a freshman.  Since then, she’s been hard to catch.  She hasn’t lost a 100m race since April of 2018.  She is 0.3 of a second off the New Mexico state record set in 1988 by Rio Grande’s Shelia Burrell.  Tatum recently posted her fastest time of the year, a 11.98 run in the 100m event at the Harper Memorial Track Meet.

Tatum is also the reigning state champ in the 200m dash, an event she also won as a freshman.  Much like the 100m race, she is the school record-holder in this event too.  In the 200m dash, Adriana’s current fastest time is a 24.34 which unofficially broke the current state record set in 1984 by Terri Florence of Eldorado High School, however a state record can only be broken at the state meet.

Last year at state, Tatum was also the anchor leg of the winning 800m relay in addition to running the anchor of Sandia’s second place finish in the 400m relay.  Sandia’s 800m relay team has only lost once in the last two seasons.

Tatum plans to run the 100m, 200m and two relays this week at the Albuquerque Metro Championships.

“I feel really good about the way I’ve been running,” said Tatum.  “Last year, at this point, I wasn’t this fast.  I feel like I’ve really been improving a lot.”

Tatum is likely to be on the podium multiple times at the state meet this month, and for year’s to come.


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