XC News: Pojoaque Emerging as Cross Country Contender & Other Updates

by Staff Reporter / Oct 06, 2017 / comments
John Hall at the Santa Fe Indian School Cross Country meet. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

XC News: Pojoaque Emerging as Cross Country Contender & Other Updates

& Other Updates

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Pojoaque Valley High School boys cross country team took first place at the John Grimley Memorial meet hosted by Santa Fe Indian School Sept. 30 at Cochiti Pueblo. The Class 4A Elks barely beat out defending Class 3A state champion Pecos High School by a single point, scoring 61 points to 62 for the Panthers. Laguna-Acoma High School finished third with 121 points.

Pojoaque is emerging as a solid contender for a trophy, possibly a blue one, in Class 4A at the State cross country meet Nov. 4 at Rio Rancho High School. The Elks have taken first place at three meets this season.

Leading the way for Pojoaque at Cochiti was senior Avery Torrez, who took first place in the boys varsity race with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds. Torrez has emerged as Pojoaque’s top runner this season.

Right behind Torrez was his teammate, junior John Hall. Hall and Torrez have established themselves as the Elks’ top two runners. Hall’s time was 18 minutes, 11 seconds.

Avery Torrez. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Freshman Santiago Romero has been Pojoaque’s third runner all season and a consistent top 10 finisher. Romero came in ninth with a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds.

Santiago Romero. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Senior Mario Santistevan was the next for Pojoaque, coming in 20th with a time of 19 minutes, 11 seconds. Junior Gabriel Huerta, who has worked his way up from the junior varsity on to the varsity team, was the fifth and final runner to score for Pojoaque. He finished 29th with a time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds.

Mario Santistevan. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Senior Jesiah Martinez came in 35th for Pojoaque and freshman Zack Hall was 40th for the Elks.

The Elks took second place in the boys junior varsity race, scoring 47 points. Santa Fe Indian School took first place with 35 points.

The Elks grabbed the first two spots in the junior varsity race too. Sophomore Joseph Gutierrez too first with a time of 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Sophomore Donovan Lujan took second place for Pojoaque with a time of 20 minutes, 11 seconds. Ricky Sandoval finished 13th, Michael Apodaca 15th and Isaiah Romero 16th for the Elks.

The Pojoaque girls cross country team took third place with 121 points. Hope Christian High School took first place with 49 points and Santa Fe High School finished second with 108 points.

Leading the Elkettes was senior Consuelo Quintana, who came in sixth with a time of 22 minutes, 56 seconds. Sophomore Michaela Martinez came in 10th with a time of 23 minutes, 4 seconds. Sophomore Amerie Onesalt was 19th with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Seniors Alicia Sanchez and Dallas Archibald were 42nd and 44th, respectively, to complete the scoring for the Elkettes.

Consuelo Quintana. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Jaime Fastnacht of Estancia High School took first place with a time of 21 minutes, 57 seconds. She barely beat out rival Carly Gonzales of Peñasco High School, who took second with a time of 22 minutes, 11 seconds.

Amerie Onesalt and Michaela Martinez. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Pojoaque did not have enough runners in the girls junior varsity race to score as a team. Alexis Romero finished 26th, Rachel Harper 27th and Skyla Montalvo 28th for the Elkettes.

 


ESPAÑOLA VALLEY

The Española Valley High School boys cross country team came in sixth with a total of 224 points. Daylon Garcia paced the Sundevils, coming in 26th with a tie of 19 minutes, 30 seconds. Juan Branch was 36th and Ryan Trujillo 46th for Española. Mario Equino came in 55th and Brandon Cuevas 61st to complete the scoring for the Sundevils.

Española took third place in the boys junior varsity race with 73 points. Christian Azipuro paced the Sundvils, coming in third with a time of 20 minutes, 28 seconds.

The Lady Sundevils did not have enough runners to score as a team in the girls varsity race. Senior Faith Trujillo was Española’s top finisher, coming in 32nd with a time of 24 minutes, 32 seconds.

Española took third in the girls junior varsity race with 161 points. Megan Rael came in 12th for the Lady Sundevils with a time of 27 minutes, 32 seconds.

 


DULCE HIGH SCHOOL

The Dulce High School boys cross country team finished 14th in the team standings with 376 points. Donnell Reval was the top finisher for the Hawks, coming in 61st with a time of 21 minutes, 5 seconds.

The Lady Hawks took 10th place with 309 points. Amber Calabaza came in 33rd with a time of 24 minutes, 34 seconds to pace the Lady Hawks.

 


PEÑASCO HIGH SCHOOL

The Peñasco High School Lady Panthers took fourth in the team standings with 132 points. Carly Gonzales paced the Lady Panthers, but lost her duel with Estancia’s Jaime Fastnacht. Gonzales finished second with a time of 22 minutes, 11 seconds. Fastnacht finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 57 seconds.

The Peñasco boys team came in 17th with 420 points. Gilbert Valdez came in 17th with a time of 19 minutes, one second to pace the Panthers.