Keller and teammates are at nationals

By Todd Fuqua

Courtesy photo University of New Mexico distance relay members (from left) Alondra Negrón Texidor, Kieran Casey, Shalom Keller and Ednah Kurgat will represent UNM at this year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships. Keller is a Ruidoso High School graduate and freshman at UNM.

Starting today, one Ruidoso High graduate will get a chance to make a huge impact on a national stage.

Courtesy Photo UNM runner Alondra Negrón Texidor, left, takes off with the baton after getting the handoff from teammate Shalom Keller at this year’s Mountain West Conference championships in Albuquerque. Keller – a Ruidoso High graduate – is going to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships this year as a member of the distance relay team.

Shalom Keller, who burned up the track as a senior at last year’s Class 4A State meet, now represents the University of New Mexico and is in College Station, Texas for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Keller is a member of the women’s distance medley relay, earning a spot in Nationals with teammates Kieran Casey, Alondra Negrón Texidor and Ednah Kurgat with a school-record mark of 10:57.77.

That time is the third-fastest in the nation this year.

The women’s medley team is part of the second-largest UNM contingent to qualify for the NCAA championships in school history, boasting 10 Lobos making the trip to College Station.

This also means that UNM has sent at least four athletes to Nationals for 10 straight years.

To watch the Indoor Track and Field Championships, tune in to ESPN3, or follow along with the Lobos team at or at

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