Dallas Archibald and Alicia Sanchez running for Pojoaque at the Rio Grande Jamboree. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal
Northern Schools See How They Measure up at Rio Rancho Jamboree
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
The Rio Rancho Jamboree cross country meet hosted by Rio Rancho High School Oct. 14 in Rio Rancho was run on the same course that the New Mexico State Cross Country Championships will be held on Nov. 4 in Rio Rancho. High schools across the state attended the Jamboree to give their runners a preview of what it will be like to represent their schools at state.
The meet was divided into six different races for the varsity teams, all 5-kilometers in length. There was a championship race where schools from any class could participate, a large school race for Classes 4A-6A and a small school race for Classes A/2A-3A. There were boys and girls divisions. In addition, there were two junior varsity races (boys and girls) that included all Classes.
POJOAQUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Pojoaque Valley High School competed in the championship race The Elks finished in eighth place in the boys division with 238 points among the 27 schools that participated. More importantly, Pojoaque was second among the Class 4A schools that took part in the boys championship race. Defending Class 4A state champion Navajo Prep High School finished seventh ahead of the Elks with 218 points.
Navajo Prep relied on their strength, which is packing their runners tightly together. The Eagles won state last year despite not having a runner finish among the top 10. The difference came down to the fifth runner for the Elks and the Eagles. Pojoaque was ahead 145 to 152 after the first four runners. Navajo Prep’s fifth runner came in 68th, while Pojoaque’s fifth runner finished 97th. There were 191 runners in the large field.
“That’s a hard, hard race because there’s so darn many people in it,” Pojoaque Coach Alan Lockridge said.
The Elks were paced by junior John Hall, who finished 12th overall with a time of 16 minutes, 51.80 seconds. Hall was the second-fastest runner from Class 4A. Future District 4A rival Justin Angel of St. Michael’s High School was ninth overall with a time of 16 minutes, 42.10 seconds. Cameron Becenti of Navajo Prep was close behind Hall in 13th place with a time of 17 minutes, .50 seconds.
The number of runners in the race played a factor in the finish of Pojoaque’s second runner, senior Avery Torrez. Torrez normally finishes close behind if not in front of Hall. Torrez fell back into the pack at Rio Rancho and had too many runners in front of him to keep pace with Hall. Torrez finished 42nd with a time of 17 minutes, 34.70 seconds.
Pojoaque’s John Hall (front) finished 12th in the championship race at the Rio Rancho Jamboree Oct. 14 in Rio Rancho. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal
“John did well,” Coach Lockridge said. “Avery just had too many people to pass and couldn’t catch up.”
Freshman Santiago Romero and senior Mario Santistevan were the third and fourth runners for Pojoaque to cross the finish line. Romero finished 48th with a time of 17 minutes, 39.10 seconds. Santistevan, who has been closing the distance between himself and Romero, was hot on Romero’s heels, coming in 49th with a time of 17 minutes, 40.40 seconds.
Pojoaque’s Mario Santistevan runs with the pack at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal
Pojoaque’s fifth runner was senior Jesiah Martinez, who finished with a time of 18 minutes, 22.30 seconds. Junior Gabriel Huerta came in 125th for Pojoaque with a time of 18 minutes, 42.60 seconds. Freshman Zach Hall finished 129th with a time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds.
Lockridge was measuring his team against the schools he will face in District 2-4A competition. The Elks finished ahead of District rivals Santa Fe Indian School (13th) and St. Michael’s High School (17th) at Rio Rancho.
Lockridge pointed out that West Las Vegas High School, who will be competing in District 2-4A competition, decided to run in the large school varsity race rather than the championship race. The Dons took first place in that race among the 31 teams and 204 runners participating participating with 125 points. Miguel Coca of West Las Vegas took first place with a time of 16 minutes, 31.20 seconds. Teammate James Esquibel was second with a time of 16 minutes, 50.9 seconds and the Dons’ Isaiah Paiz was fourth in 17 minutes, 6.1 seconds.
Comparing their times to those in the championship race, Coca would have finished eighth, Esquibel 11th and Paiz 19th had they run in the championship race. West Las Vegas looks to be a significant player in District 2-4A competition.
For the Pojoaque girls team, the Elkettes finished 18th with 449 points in the field of 29 teams. There were 196 runners in the girls race. Pojoaque was fifth among the Class 4A girls teams participating in the race, but an important second behind defending Class 4A state champion Taos High School (5th overall) among District 2-4A teams. The top three teams in district competition advance to state. The Elkettes’ goal is to qualify for state after not doing so last season.
Pojoaque was paced by senior Consuelo Quintana, who came in 44th with a time of 21 minutes, 34.70 seconds.
Consuelo Quintana at Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal
Junior Amerie Onesalt was 72nd in 22 minutes, 14.10 seconds. Sophomore Michaela Martinez came in 77th with a time of 22 minutes, 19.90 seconds. Senior Dallas Archibald was 120th with a time of 23 minutes, 15.90 seconds and Danielle Jimenez came in 154th with a time of 24 minutes, 17.30 seconds as Pojoaque’s fifth runner. Alicia Sanchez as 159th and Rachel Harper 167th for Pojoaque.
The Pojoaque boys took eighth place in the junior varsity race and were paced by Donovan Lujan, who came in 10th with a time of 18 minutes, 44.09 seconds. The Elkettes finished ninth in the girls junior varsity race. Taylor Roybal paced Pojoaque, coming in 26th with a time of 24 minutes, 28.18 seconds.
Alicia Sanchez at Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Española Valley High School competed in the large school varsity race, rather than the championship race. The Sundevils did well, taking second place with 145 points.
Senior Daylon Garcia had a good run and placed fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 42.60 seconds. That would have been good enough for 52nd place in the championship race.
Freshman Juan Branch came in 16th with a time of 18 minutes, 20.10 seconds. Junior Ryan Trujillo was 26th in 18 minutes, 43 seconds. Rudy Padilla came in42nd with a time of 19 minutes, 7 seconds and Mario Equino came in 56th with a time of 19 minutes, 23.10 seconds as Española’s fifth runner. Jerome Trujillo was 112th and AJ Cordova 116th for Española.
The Lady Sundevils came in 11th with 287 points. Senior Faith Trujillo paced Española, coming in 15th with a time of 22 minutes, 32.81 seconds. Jayden Archuleta came in 51st with a time of 24 minutes, 43.25 seconds. Emily Chavez was 93rd and Megan Rael 96th for the Sudevils. Española’s fifth runner was Amanda Wasatsuma, who came in 103rd. Nayeli Gallegos was 113th and Alysia Martinez 124th for Española.
Española competes in District 2-5A. Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos High School dominate this district in both the boys and girls divisions and will finish either first and second in district competition. The Sundevils and Lady Sundevils are shooting for third place in district competition and thus qualifying for state. The Sundevils finished ahead of Del Norte High School (7th) and Capital High School (28th) in the boys large school varsity race. Neither Del Norte or Capital entered a full team (5 runners) in the girls large school varsity race and did not score as a team.
Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos did not compete at the Rio Rancho Jamboree.
MESA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
Meas Vista High School will have its work cut out for it if the Trojans want to win their third straight Class A/2A state championship. The Trojans, two-time defending Class A/2A state champions, took third place in the small school varsity race at Rio Rancho. The Trojans scored 136 points.
Class A/2A rival Navajo Pine High School scored 74 points to take first place. Class 3A Cuba High School scored 85 points and finished second. The Trojans were actually tied with Class A/2A Alamo Navajo High School for third place after the scores for each school’s first five runners were tallied. Mesa Vista took third place because their sixth runner came in 43rd and Alamo Navajo did not have a sixth runner.
Navajo Pine placed three runners in the top 10, including overall winner Michael Marshall, who finished with a time of 17 minutes, 14.18 seconds.
Mesa Vista was paced by senior Brian Gollas, who came in eighth with a time of 17 minutes, 55.25 seconds. Junior Anthony Vigil was 23rd with a time of 18 minutes, 53.42 seconds. Sophomore Danny Gollas came in 33rd with a time of 19 minutes, 13.02 seconds. Sophomore Damian Trujillo was right behind Danny Gollas in 34th place with a time of 19 minutes, 14.43 seconds. The Trojans’ fifth runner was sophomore Jose Trujillo, who was 41st with a time of 19 minutes, 31.04 seconds. Alejandro Trujillo was the sixth runner who finished 43rd with a time 19 minutes, 36.70 seconds. Ryan Garcia finished 133rd for the Trojans.
The Lady Trojans finished 15th with 355 points. Abrianna Griego came in 40th with a time of 24 minutes, 17.60 seconds. Maryssa Martin was 52nd for Mesa Vista and Aubrianna Martinez 93rd for the Lady Trojans. Katalina Vigil finished 124th and Mia Pena 130th for Mesa Vista.
PEÑASCO HIGH SCHOOL
The Peñasco High School Lady Panthers are the defending Class A/2A state champions. Sophomore Carly Gonzales leads the Lady Panthers, seeking her second Class A/2A state title after winning state as an eighth grader and finishing second last season to Mora High School’s Natalia Marrujo.
Gonzales fought off a spirited challenge from Cottonwood Classical Prep School’s Rhylyn Jones to take first place in the small school varsity race at Rio Rancho. Gonzales was just over a second ahead of Jones with a time of 20 minutes, 41.50 seconds. Jones finished in 20 minutes, 42.80 seconds.
Jones helped Class 3A Cottonwood take first place with 65 points. Peñasco took fourth place with 96 points. The Lady Panthers were the top team from Class A/2A at the meet.
Adrianna Tafoya finished 12th for Peñasco with a time of 22 minutes, 27.90 seconds Maricella MacAuley was 16th in 22 minutes, 33.50 seconds and Estrella Gonzales 35th with a time of 23 minutes, 45.50 seconds for the Lady Panthers. Martina Tafoya came 36th for Peñasco with a time of 23 minutes, 55.50 seconds as the Lady Panthers fifth runner.
The Peñasco boys got another fine performance by precocious eighth-grader Gilbert Valdez, who finished 10th with a time of 18 minutes, 5.07 seconds. Peñasco finished 16th in the team standings with 335 points.
Dominic Lopez was 62nd for the Panthers. Jamie Muniz was 90th and Alan Pyne 107th for Peñasco. Curtis Roque came in 108th as Peñasco fifth runner.
DULCE HIGH SCHOOL
Dulce High School finished 7th in the boys team standings and the Dulce Lady Hawks took eighth in the girls team standings in the small school varsity race at Rio Rancho.
The boys scored 268 points. Rossendo Julian came I 46th with a time of 19 minutes, 48.58 seconds for Dulce Deshaun Gonzales was right behind him in 47th place. Tyvin Trujillo came in 59th and Darion Johnson 64th for the Hawks. Donnell Reval came in 72nd as Dulce’s fifth runner.
The Lady Hawks scored 262 points. Amber Calabaza finished 31st for Dulce with a time of 23 minutes, 32.40 seconds. Tunte Vigil came in 49th and Deshauntee Gonzales was 58th for the Lady Hawks. Brooke Vigil was 66th and Lauryn Vigil 90th as Dulce’s fifth runner.
PECOS HIGH SCHOOL
Pecos High School is the two-time defending Class 3A boys cross country champion and the Panthers showed they are ready to defend that title and earn a three-peat as state champions. As the smallest school competing in the boys championship race at Rio Rancho, Pecos finished a very respectable sixth with 215 points competing against the bigger schools.
Pecos packed in well with less than a minute separating their first and fifth runners. Michael Montano led the way, finishing 18th with a time of 17 minutes, 4 seconds. Josh DeHerrera was 33rd with a time of 17 minutes, 20.10 seconds and Isaiah Armijo 35th with a time of 17 minutes, 21 seconds for Pecos. Angel Varela was 64th in 17minutes, 56.30 seconds. Devin Gonzales came in with a time of 18 minutes, 2.30 seconds in 74th place as Pecos’ fifth runner.
The Lady Panthers took second place in the small school varsity girls race. Pecos ran in a tight pack. Vanessa Gonzales came in 10th with a time of 21 minutes, 52.60 seconds. Faith Flores came in 15th with a time of 22 minutes, 32.30 seconds and Kianna Quintana was 17th with a time of 22 minutes 38 seconds for Pecos. Savanah Ortiz was 19th in 22 minutes, 49.40 second. Alexis Gonzales came I 21st with a time of 22 minutes, 52.70 seconds as the Lady Panthers fifth runner.
MCCURDY CHARTER SCHOOL
Alain Jayme came in 82nd with a time of 20 minutes, 42.35 seconds for McCurdy Charter School. Andres Davis-Martinez was 86th for the Bobcats small school boys varsity race.
Jayme Bustos finished 46th for the Lady Bobcats with a time of 24 minutes, 47.20 seconds. Beatriz Salazar came in 87th for McCurdy.