Pojoaque Boys break from the pack at the start of the Bosque Fall Fiesta cross country meet Sept 17. Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
XC Highlights: Pojoaque Takes Second At Bosque, McCurdy Places Third At Pecos
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
After taking home two second-place trophies at the Academy for Technology and the Classics Everybody cross country meet Sept. 10 in Santa Fe, the Pojoaque Valley High School boys and girls cross country teams did it again Sept. 17 at the Bosque Fall Fiesta cross country meet in Albuquerque. The Elks and Elkettes both finished in second place in their respective races.
The Elks scored 36 points to finish behind East Mountain High School, which scored 20 points to take first place. East Mountain’s Augie Montoya took first place with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds.
Pojoaque was paced by senior Dominic Roybal, who finished in third place with a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds. Not far behind was junior Avery Torres, who was fifth in 17 minutes, 34 seconds.
Pojoaque’s Dominic Roybal finishing the race. Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera.
A trio of Pojoaque runners packed themselves in behind Roybal and Torres. Sophomore John Hall came in eighth with a time of 18 minutes, 16 seconds. Eighth-grader Santiago Romero was just one second behind Hall in ninth place. Romero had been elevated to the varsity team after winning the junior varsity race at the Everybody meet. Junior Jesiah Martinez finished 11th with a time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds to finish off the scoring for Pojoaque’s first five runners.
Despite Romero’s move up to the varsity, Pojoaque nearly pulled off a perfect score in the boys junior varsity race with a total of 17 points to take first place. Freshman Donovan Lujan took first place with a time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds. Zack Hall came in second and Andrew Garcia took third. Cole Hughes followed in fifth place and Joseph Gutierrez finished sixth for the Elks.
Mesa Vista High School also competed at Bosque, taking fifth place with a total of 155 points. The Trojans were without brothers Brian Gollas and Danny Gollas. Senior Sundeep Taniguchi paced the Trojans, finishing 21st with a time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds. Anthony Vigil was 24th and Francisco Ortiz 29th for Mesa Vista. Damian Trujillo finished 47th and Jose Trujillo 52nd for the Trojans to finish off their scoring.
Mesa Vista took third in the junior varsity race with 96 points. Isaiah Baca finished 13th for the Trojans with a time of 22 minutes, seven seconds. Charles Buezo was 16th and Augustine Campos 21st for Mesa Vista. Jessie Broyles came in 23rd and Ryan Garcia 35th for the Trojans.
The Elkettes were just two points away from taking first place at Bosque. Pojoaque scored 39 points to first-place East Mountain’s 37 points.
Pojoaque girls at the start. Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
Senior Megan Herrera was the first Pojoaque runner to cross the finish line. She came in third with a time of 20 minutes, 40 seconds. East Mountain’s Aubri Wrye took first place with a time of 20 minutes, eight seconds.
Junior Consuelo Quintana was the next runner for Pojoaque, coming in seventh with a time of 21 minutes, 44 seconds. Senior Miranda Grasmick was just three seconds behind Quintana in eighth place. Sophomore Taylor Roybal came in 12th with a time of 22 minutes, 25 seconds and teammate junior Dallas Archibald was just a second behind Roybal in 13th place.
Pojoaque Senior Megan Herrera. Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera
Three runners from Mesa Vista competed in the girls varsity race. Abrianna Griego came in 24th with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Jenai Espinoza was 59th and Katalina Vigil 64th for the Lady Trojans.
East Mountain edged out the Elkettes again in the junior varsity race. The Lady Timberwolves scored 26 points to Pojoaque’s 30 points. Jessica Roybal came in third for Pojoaque with a time of 23 minutes, 51 seconds. Amerie Onesalt was fifth and Alexis Romero eighth for the Elkettes. Irell Montalvo was ninth and Aaliyah Sandoval 10th for Pojoaque.
McCurdy Charter School competed at the Ron Valdez Memorial Invitational cross country meet Sept. 17 at Pecos High School. For the first time this season, the Bobcats put together a team of six runners so they could score as a team. McCurdy finished in third place, scoring 104 points.
Host Pecos, the defending Class 3A state champions, took first place with a perfect score of 15 points. The Panthers’ Julian Garcia, the defending Class 3A individual champion, took first place with a time of 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Desert Academy finished in second place with 74 points.
Senior Jayson Bustos finished in ninth place with a time of 19 minutes, 49 seconds to pace McCurdy. Teammate Alain Jaime was 10th just seconds behind Bustos. Pedro Chavez was 19th for McCurdy with a time of 21 minutes, 12 seconds. Isaac Fresquez finished 21st for McCurdy and the Bobcats fifth runner was Riley Penalosa, who came in 45th.
Coronado High School’s Diego Jacquez came in 22nd with a time of 21 minutes, 28 seconds.
Penasco High School took first in the girls race, scoring 46 points to second-place Pecos’ 57 points. Defending Class 1A-2A individual state champion Carly Gonzales took first place for Penasco with a time of 21 minutes, 41 seconds.