For someone who has never run this race at the varsity level before, Alisa Meraz-Fishbein looked awfully comfortable in her new environment.
The Albuquerque High junior, the defending state champion in the 800, strayed into new territory Friday at the Albuquerque Invitational when she ran her first 3,200-meter final against varsity competition.
The result? A strong final lap, and possibly an announcement to the queen of this race, Cleveland’s Amanda Mayoral, that perhaps she is prepared to challenge Mayoral at the state meet in May.
For the time being, Meraz-Fishbein was basking in her winning time of 11 minutes, 28.43 seconds, and a performance that certainly caught the eye of several other coaches in attendance.