RUIDOSO – Four. That’s now how many graduating seniors Ruidoso High School has that will be competing at the next level in college in various sports.
Following Lexi Lucero’s signing with Western New Mexico University on a golf scholarship, fellow seniors Lia Mosher and Alex Bates signed letters of intent last week, and now Shalom Keller has a full ride scholarship.
Mosher will play volleyball at New Mexico State, while Bates will try his hand at baseball at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
“New Mexico State has a really good volleyball program, so I’m glad to see her (Lia) to make that decision. She’ll have some great opportunities,” said Ruidoso athletic director Kief Johnson. “Alex is a great kid and great competitor, and I’m sure he’s going to do a great job up there at Colorado Springs.”
Keller’s full-ride scholarship is to University of New Mexico, where she’s already being tapped by coach Joe Franklin to compete for a national indoor title in the distance medley relay in 2020.
This year marks the first Keller has run since recovery from various surgeries, and it seems she hasn’t missed a step, coming in at the top of the seeding lists in the 100, 200 and 400-meter runs, as well as leading the Ruidoso 4×100 and 4×200 relays teams to State.
“It’s crazy to be able to come back and perform and the level I was competing at before,” Keller said. “I was nervous to come back, because I didn’t know what to expect, but God provides everything.”
Besides the medley team, Keller hopes to make an immediate impact on the speed aspect of the Lobo team.
“They’re a little weaker on the sprinting side, but they’re building that up and will hopefully get it strong again,” Keller said. “It’s exciting and scary at the same time. I will strive and do the best I can.”