Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Mexicans at RMAC Schools Are Honored.(Final)

Byline: Where are they Now? Bob Larkin Of the Journal

Seven New Mexicans are among the 238 student-athletes named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference spring sports all-academic team.

To be eligible for this honor, an individual must maintain at least a 3.20 grade-point average, be in at least his or her third semester and be a starter or key reserve.

The men are: Lucas Hastings, Sandia graduate, 5-foot, 10-inch, 195-pound sophomore at N.M. Highlands, baseball, computer science, 3.69 gpa; Kenny Bransford, Santa Fe High, 5-11, 175-pound senior at Highlands, baseball, mathematics, 3.60; Elliot Schwartz, St. Pius, 6-3, 185-pound sophomore at Southern Colorado, tennis, pre-business, 3.52; and Zane Prickett, Eldorado, 5-8, 150-pound senior at Colorado Mines, track and field, chemical engineering, 3.27.

The women are: Pamela Maestas, Highland High graduate, 5-4 sophomore at Highlands, softball, accounting major, 3.58; Victoria Martinez, Robertson, 5-5 sophomore at Adams (Colo.) State, track and field, psychology, 3.39; and Michelle Nycz, Eldorado, 5-7 senior at Western (Colo.) State, track and field, political science, 3.29.

Of the seven individuals, Martinez was the lone entrant in national competition this spring. She placed ninth at the NCAA Division II 800-meter event May 24 in Edwardsville, Ill., with a time of 2:12.55. Adams State was 11th in the women's team standings, while Lincoln (Mo.) took top honors.

In other RMAC news, Highlands senior baseball player Marty Rael has added second-team all-region honors to his first-team all-league selection as a designated hitter.

The 5-9, 200-pound Rael, a human performance and sports major, was 33rd in Division II with a .419 batting average. He also had 18 doubles, two homers, 44 RBI and percentages of .599 slugging and .481 on-base.

The Cowboys wound up with a 29-22 overall record and were 12-12 in conference play, just missing the postseason tournament.

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Former Albuquerquean Jessica Padilla, who recently concluded her freshman softball season at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., has been named to the Louisville Slugger all-West Region honorable-mention team.

Padilla attended Atrisco Elementary School before moving with her family in the mid-1990s to Marina, Calif. …

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