Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Valley Junior Has A Shot at State Championship.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Michelle Nelson's broad, muscular shoulders seem especially well suited for her particular talent.

That's not by accident.

On the day four years ago that a friend introduced Nelson to track and field, Nelson's instincts screamed out: She definitely preferred field to track.

"I didn't want to run," she said.

It wasn't long before she gravitated toward the shot put. Three years into her career at Valley High School, Nelson is the prohibitive favorite to win that event at the Class 5A state meet, which begins Friday at Alamogordo High.

Nelson, a junior, has an outside chance to be a double medalist if she musters a memorable performance in the discus.

Everything points to Nelson capping off a perfect year in the shot put. …

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