By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Amber Parmer admits she has a little trouble separating which sport she likes best — volleyball, basketball or track.
After signing recently to run on the Eastern New Mexico University track team, the recent Texico High School graduate thinks she’s made the right choice.
“I’ve always wanted to do something (in sports),” she said, “and I guess track is what I’m the best in.”
Parmer recently took the Class 2A state championship in the 400 at Albuquerque, and also placed in the 100, long jump and the 1,600 relay. She won 2A long jump as a sophomore, going 17-10 3/4.
ENMU track coach Eric Boll said Parmer will compete unattached next year, essentially meaning it will serve as a redshirt year for her. But he thinks she has potential down the line.
“I’m really excited for Amber,” said Boll, who is entering his fourth season as coach after ENMU restarted its track program in 2003. “I watched her compete in the state track meet, and she impressed me.
“Texico has always had some strong female athletes, so I’m happy we could get one of them over here.”
Parmer, who will major in elementary education, said she is looking forward to working with Boll.
“He just seems like he’s a really nice person,” she said. “The people on campus that I’ve met seemed nice.
“I’m excited, but I’m kind of nervous.”
ENMU is one of 14 track signees announced by Boll. All will be freshmen next year except Greg Jackson of Hobbs, a transfer from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.
ENMU track signees
Zachary Marrs, Artesia; Jacob Wiklund, Cloudcroft; Marcus Taylor, Mountainair; Logan Capps, Cloudcroft; Greg Jackson, Hobbs; Gillie Lopez, Las Vegas, N.M.; William Morris Jr., Odessa, Texas; Ryan Salcido, Carlsbad.
Emily Hunter, Sunspot, N.M.; Hillaree Chavez, Rio Rancho; Amber Parmer, Texico; Stacey Fitts, Midland, Texas; Stephanie Fitts, Midland, Texas; Kelli Egan, Carlsbad.