By Dave Wagner
Track season may be a long ways off for most athletes, but not for Portales High’s Amador Lujan.
The junior was recently selected to participate in a national track & field meet at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, sponsored by TourneySport USA, in the 200-meter dash.
The event is scheduled for late December and early January. Lujan was second in May in the 200 in Class 3A state competition at Albuquerque.
Participants are asked to raise nearly $3,000 for the trip.
“I’m just looking for sponsors or donations right now,” Lujan said. “We’re selling doughnuts to raise money, and we’re also selling raffle tickets.
“There’s also the possibility of a car wash. I’m trying to do everything possible to raise money.”
Lujan is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on Dec. 28. Track and field preliminaries are set for Dec. 31, with the finals on Jan. 2.
He’s scheduled to return to Portales on Jan. 5.
“I’m doing off-season workouts,” Lujan said. “I’m pretty much working mostly on my own.”
He ran a time of 23.21 in the state meet last spring, losing out to a runner from New Mexico Military by about four-tenths of a second.
TourneySport USA assistant director James Ramirez said this is the first year the organization has sponsored track and field. He said the competition takes in 48 states, excluding Missouri and Alaska.
“Their state associations have made it a challenge for their athletes to attend,” Ramirez explained.
He said athletes are either nominated by a coach or placed in the top three of an event at their state track meets.