The New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field program added another homegrown star to the fold on Wednesday, when West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana signed a letter of intent to continue her education and athletic career at NMHU.
“It’s very exciting,” said Quintana. “Coach (Bob) DeVries really pushed me, telling me how much potential I have. And my family has encouraged me a lot.”
Under the tutelage of DeVries and his staff, the Cowgirls have risen in the league and national ranks. They finished third in the RMAC Outdoor Championships this week.
“I feel very honored to be a part of that team,” Quintana said.
While she hopes to run the middle distances like the 800, she said she’s “willing to work at whatever they put me to do.”
Off the track, Quintana plans to study environmental science and speech therapy.
It’s a busy time for Quintana. She’ll be competing in multiple events for West Las Vegas in the District 2-3A meet on Saturday at the Herrera Complex, looking to shore up her times for state May 17-18. Then on Monday, she and sister Joedy will represent WLV in the state golf tournament at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
And that doesn’t count her other activities, like Lady Dons basketball, in which she excelled.
What keeps her motivated?
“My will to win,” she said. “I want to do well to represent my team, my community and my family.”
She is the daughter of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana.