Local Schools Shine At Cross-Country Championship


Pojoaque Girls team on the podium during awards ceremony. All photos other than those noted in this report by the Valley Daily Post.

Local Schools Shine At Cross-Country Championship

Staff Report

RIO RANCHO -Several Valley and regional schools qualified for the 2015 State cross-country championship this season. These teams made their way to Rio Rancho this past Saturday to run in the biggest race of the year.

Española Valley High, Mesa Vista High, Pojoaque Valley High, Peñasco High and Los Alamos High were the regional teams who made it to State, and several of them placed very well.

Mesa Vista Boys Take State

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The Mesa Vista Boys team took the 1A-2A State Championship for the first time in school history. They defeated last year’s champions, Jemez Valley High by a score of 52 to 63. Mesa Vista had two runners in the top ten and was led by Brian Gollas who came in third overall with a time of 18:51.04

Pojoaque Girls Take Third At State 4A XC Championship

The Pojoaque High School cross-country program continued to show their strength at a state level this past Saturday, Nov. 7, when they placed third in the state championship meet from 4A schools. Megan Herrera led the girls with a time of 19:34.90 and an overall fourth place finish. The boys also did well, coming in fifth. The Pojoaque boys were led by Derrik Knight with a time of 17:16.40.

Peñasco Individual Runners Capture First Place: Girls Team Third Overall

Peñasco Girls also showed great strength and took third place in the 3A championship meet. Their top runner, Carly Gonzales came in first ahead of all other runners in the 1A2A event with a time of 20:47.80. Isaiah Rodarte ran without a full team in the boys race but also took the top runner spot with a time of 16:41.15.

Española Team Growing Stronger

The Española Valley boys and girls ran strong races with the boys placing 12th overall in the 5A championship with Daylon Garcia leading the team with a time of 17:13.40. The Lady Sundevils placed a strong 10th overall with Kaylinn Martinez leading the team with a time of 22:18.75

Los Alamos Remains State Powerhouse

Los Alamos has a long history of dominating in long distance running and they did it again this weekend. The Los Alamos girls took their seventh consecutive state championship in the 5A category underscoring their nearest opponent by 30 points. Four of their top 5 runners were in the fastest 10 runners overall, with Talia Dreicer leading the team with a time of 18:37.20. The Los Alamos Boys were back to try for a fifth consecutive title but fell short to Albuquerque Academy with a final score of 45 to 48 between the two teams. Conner Bailey led Los Alamos with a time of 16:35.45.