When is home not home? When it involves the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team.
For the second year in three, the Cowgirls will be forced to play their home games outside Las Vegas because of field conditions. Three years ago, the school installed new turf at Sanchez Family Stadium, where the soccer team also plays. But weather delays dramatically pushed back the timetable of the work, forcing the football team to play at West Las Vegas High School and the soccer team to play in Taos.
When the work was completed, the drains were too close to the soccer touch lines, creating a potential safety hazard. It cost the team a home game last season when Eastern New Mexico packed up and left shortly before kickoff, and, this season, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference gave teams visiting Highlands the option of declining to use the field, said interim athletic director Jim Deisler.
At this point, only Adams State and Fort Lewis have agreed to play at Highlands on the closing weekend of the regular season. Attempts to find a nearby field failed as the high school fields are too small and the World College would not allow use of its field, he said. That leaves Highlands negotiating with the city of Santa Fe for use of the Municipal Recreation Complex, which just re-opened last year after an 18-month closure to bring it back up to safe playing conditions, Deisler said.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
RUNNING: All the basics of competitive running will be covered in the Jamii Running Project’s Youth Running Camp Monday through Wednesday at the Pojoaque Wellness Center. The camp, for children 8-16, will go from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10 per day per child. The sessions include group running, relay running, running drills, agility drills, strength training, stretching and warm-up/cool down instruction, and nutritional and motivational talks. For more information, call 978-270-5674.
MARTIAL ARTS: Ninja Kidz, a fun, recreational program designed for children ages 5 to 12 that combines aspects of gymnastics, parkour and martial arts, will be coming to the Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics this month. The coed course includes six one-hour classes focusing on form, obstacle, climb and power. For more information, see lahighflyers.com.
WILDLIFE: Families are invited to the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española on Aug. 22 for a free visit. Music, hands-on activities involving feathers, bird beaks and animal tracks, as well as advice on feeding birds and building a bird feeder, are all on tap. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 753-9505.