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Trujillo Wins Top Annual Rugby Award

SOCORRO, N.M. May 21, 2013 – The Jeremiah Wright Trophy, awarded each spring to New Mexico Tech’s most valuable male rugby player, has been awarded via team ballot to Blaine Trujillo for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Blaine Trujillo (right) shows off his commemorate pewter mug and the Jeremiah Wright Trophy, along with rugby director Dave Wheelock.

Photo by Melissa Begay

He was also recognized as the Pygmies’ Outstanding Member at New Mexico Tech’s sport club banquet on April 26. Trujillo receives a personalized engraved pewter mug and a nameplate bearing his name appears on the trophy with those of nine previous recipients.

The Jeremiah Wright Trophy and Cup are awarded in the memory of former Tech Rugby Club captain Jeremiah Wright of Raton, N.M., who died during his senior year in 2002 when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a law enforcement vehicle in Socorro.

Beginning in 2004, 10 names have been affixed to the Jeremiah Wright Trophy, which resides at the Tech gymnasium: Mark Kelly, Rob Harrison, Phillip Turner, Seth Daly, Matt Majors, Matt Nelson, Jay Herrera, Isaiah Sanchez, Enrique Koerdell, and now, Blaine Trujillo.

The NMT Rugby Club, celebrating its 40th year in 2013, also recently elected outstanding players in the following categories:

  • Most Valuable Back: Enrique Koerdell
  • Most Valuable Forward: Blaine Trujillo
  • Rising Star: Isaac Juarez
  • Most Improved: Brian Arko
  • Service to Club: Blaine Trujillo
  • Favorite Teammate: Rick Cosentino
  • Best Attacker: Enrique Koerdell
  • Best Defender: Isaiah Sanchez
  • Coach’s Award: Enrique Koerdell

Cosentino, a doctoral candidate in physics, was also named Tech’s Sportsman of the Year at the annual banquet of the NMT Sport Club program on April 26.

Blaine Trujillo, an Isleta Pueblo member, was born in Albuquerque on December 19, 1989. He worked on the family ranch instead of playing sports and graduated in 2008 from Los Lunas High School. He began playing rugby at New Mexico Tech the following autumn and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering this spring. During his undergraduate years he gained a specialization in mechatronics and looks forward to a career in the aerospace industry following graduate school.

At 5 feet, 9 inches and 190 pounds, Blaine Trujillo has grown into a solid yet mobile and agile rugby player. He played virtually all 15 rugby positions at one time or another during his five years at Tech, steadily developing from a quiet team member into one whose modest words his teammates came to trust.

“When I started, not much was heard from me, but I listened to what was going on around me.” What he learned has led to is current achievements. “I believe every problem has a solution, and every obstacle overcome is proof that a person can overcome hardships or problems. What’s required is having the resources available and the dedication to succeed.”

While anticipating acceptance into graduate school, Trujillo joined his team May 18 at the Celtic Sevens tournament held annually in conjunction with the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park.

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