Sundevils XC Team Competes At State: LA Boys and Girls Place 2nd & 3rd

by Staff Reporter / Nov 07, 2017 / comments
The Española Valley boys cross country team: Daylon Garcia (front), Ricky Padilla (back, left), Juan Branch, Cesar Pasos, A. J. Cordova, Ryan Trujillo, Jerome Trujillo. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Sundevils XC Team Competes At State: LA Boys and Girls Place 2nd & 3rd

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Española Valley High School boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Class 5A state cross country meet Nov. 4 at Rio Rancho High School. The boys finished eighth overall in the team standings with 227 points. The Lady Sundevils took 13th place with 357 points.

Senior Daylon Garcia had a fine run at state for the Sundevils, coming in 18th with a time of 17 minutes, 36.75 seconds.

 

Española’s Daylon Garcia (photo courtesy Phillip Rotbal). Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

“I decided to just run my race and let the others go,” Garcia said. “I started collecting people at the end.”

Coming in next for the Sundevils was junior Ryan Trujillo in 51st place with a time of 18 minutes, 36.35 seconds. Eighth-grader Ricky Padilla came in 56th with a time of 18 minutes, 42.65 seconds and freshman Juan Branch was 70th with a time of 19 minutes, .85 seconds. Sophomore A. J. Cordova was 72nd with a time of 19 minutes, 3.40 seconds as Española’s fifth runner. Eighth-grader Cesar Pasos was 92nd and junior Jerome Trujillo 94th for Española.

As expected Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos High School were battling for the first place trophy. Academy came out on top, scoring 37 points. In a surprise, Kirtland Central High School snuck past Los Alamos for second place, scoring 61 points to 63 for the Hilltoppers.

Academy, coached by Española graduate Adam Kedge, was led by the coach’s son senior A. J. Kedge. A. J. Kedge finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 52.40 seconds. Freshman Justin Hickey was fourth for the Chargers with a time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds. Junior Julian Garcia came in sixth with a time of 17 minutes, 9.75 seconds and senior Chase Keller took 10th with a time of 17 minutes, 14. 95 seconds for Academy. Sophomore Oliver Pilon was the Chargers’ fifth runner, finishing 14th with a time of 17 minutes, 26.15 seconds.

Kirtland Central was able to overtake Los Alamos thanks to an outstanding effort by junior Kashon Harrison, who ran away with first place with a time of 15 minutes, 54.85 seconds. Harrison’s time was the fastest time turned in by any runner at state.

Senior Koby Blackwater came in 7th for Kirtland Central and senior Tristan George was 9th for the Broncos. Juniors Jacob Hawkins and Osean Nez were 16th and 32nd, respectively, for Kirtland Central.

Los Alamos was led by freshman Rafael Sanchez, who came in fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 3 seconds. Senior Steven Strevell came in 11th and junior Duncan Fuehne came in 12th for the Hilltoppers. Senior Kevin Parkinson was 15th and junior Shawn Wliiliams 21st for Los Alamos.

 


GIRLS

Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos High School battled for first and second place in the girls division of the Class 5A state cross country meet. Academy got the better of Los Alamos, scoring 38 points to the Lady Hilltoppers 69 points. Kirtland Central High School took third place with 134 points.

The Lady Chargers were led by senior Carly Wall, who took second place behind winner Jacqueline Pinon of St. Pius X High School. Pinon’s time was 18 minutes, 42.40 seconds. Wall finished with a time of 19 minutes, 26.55 seconds.

Junior Zoe Hunter took third place for Academy and another junior, Celeste Martinez, took 10th place for the Lady Chargers. Junior Jane Archibeck came in 11th  and freshman Grace Archibeck was 12th for Academy to complete the scoring for the Lady Chargers.

Los Alamos has a young team as reflected by their first five runners. The Lady Hilltoppers were led by freshman Lidia Appell, who came in fifth with a time of 19 minutes, 47.05 seconds. Eighth-grader Norissa Valdez came in eighth with a time of 19 minutes, 56.35 seconds. Freshman Mabel Pyle was 15th in 20 minutes, 52.75 seconds and junior Marin Kelly was right behind her in 16th place Sophomore Abby Beus was Los Alamos’ fifth runner, coming in 29th.

For Española, Senior Faith Trujillo, daughter of Coach Julio Trujillo, led the way as she has done all season. She finished 40th with a time of 22 minutes, 3.20 seconds.

Española’s Faith Trujillo. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Junior Jayden Archuleta was 76th overall with a time of 24 minutes, 5.20 seconds.

Española’s Jayden Archuleta. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Freshman Emily Chavez came in 92nd for the Lady Sundevils and junior Megan Rael was 101st. Española’s fifth runner was junior Alysia Martinez, who finished 105th.