Cross Country Meet On The Hill

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EVHS Boys running hard at the start of the 5K race. Valley Daily Post photo

Cross Country Meet On The Hill

Staff Reporter

Los Alamos – Both the Española Sundevils and the Pojoaque Elks cross country teams traveled to Los Alamos on Oct. 23 for one of the largest and most important races of the season. The Los Alamos invitational draws schools from around the state in what is considered one of the important test races just before going to District and State. This year the high altitude race challenged teams from 15 schools not only with a mountain run, but also rapidly changing weather, rain and a lightning delay that caused the cancelation of the annual Elementary Mile Run.

In the end all local teams ran their races and the Española Varsity Boys came in 13th overall with a total time of 1:36:23 and Daylen Garcia leading the pack and placing 49th out of 199 with a time of 18:21.20. The EVHS Varsity Girls came in 12th with a total time of 2:10:49 and Kaylinn Martinez leading the team with a time of 23:17.90.

Caleb Valdez and Jeramy Mirabel race across the finish line. Valley Daily Post photo

Pojoaque’s teams had a good race with the Boys Varsity placing 8th with a total time of 1:31.49 and Michael Vigil as their fastest runner with a time of 18:25:10. The Lady Elks also did well, placing 7th and being led by Megan Herrera who was the eighth fastest runner out of 97 girls with a time of 19:49.50.

Both teams travel to District competitions on Oct. 31 to compete for a chance to go to State.

Pojoaque Boys take off at the sound of the gun. Valley Daily Post photo

Pojoaque coaches meet prior to the start of the Varsity race. Valley Daily Post photo