Pojoaque & EVHS Open XC Season At UNM

by Staff Reporter / Sep 08, 2017 / comments
Avery Torres (left) competes at the Lobo Invitational cross country meet Saturday, Sept. 2. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Pojoaque & EVHS Open XC Season At UNM

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Pojoaque Valley High School Cross country team opened its season competing at the Lobo Invitational cross country meet hosted by the University of New Mexico Sept. 2 in Albuquerque. The Elks finished 15 in the team standings among the 41 teams that competed. Pojoaque scored 366 points and was tied with Sandia High School of Albuquerque for 14th place, but dropped to 15th because Sandia’s sixth runner finished ahead of Pojoaque’s sixth runner. The finishing spots of the top five runners on each team are added together to arrive at the team score. In cross country, the lower score is the better score.

Albuquerque Academy took first place with 115 points. The Chargers are coached by Espanola Valley High School graduate Adam Kedge. Cleveland High School of Rio Rancho took second place with 126 points and El Paso Americas High School came in third with 168 points.

Kashon Harrison of Kirtland Central High School took first place with a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds (15:40). Jericho Cleveland of Volcano Vista High School was second in 15.54 and Cleveland’s David  Apodaca was third. Aaron Gilliam of El Paso Irvin High School was fourth and El Paso Coronado’s Liam Walsh finished fifth.

John Hall (right) lead Pojoaque’s team with a strong finish. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Leading the way for Pojoaque was junior John Hall, who finished 34th overall with a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds. Hot on his teammate’s heels was senior Avery Torres, who was 37th just five seconds behind Hall. Freshman Santiago Romero came in 70th for the Elks and senior Mario Santistevan was 100th. Freshman Zach Hall was 133rd to complete the scoring for Pojoaque. Pojoaque’s sixth runner was Jesiah Martinez, who finished 139th, just three places behind Sandia’s sixth runner.

There were 293 runners competing in the boys varsity race.

The Elks can take some encouragement from the fact they finished ahead of all the Class 4A teams competing at the meet.

The Pojoaque Elkettes finished 19th in the team standings in the girls race with 468 points.

Talyor Roybal at the UNM Invitational

Albuquerque Academy took first place with 82 points. Eldorado High School was second with110 points. Rio Rancho took third, Cleveland finished fourth and Los Alamos High School came in fifth.

Cleveland’s Amanda Mayoral was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Jacquie Pinon of St. Pius X High School was second I 18:48. Jasmine Turtle-Morales on Eldorado was third, Alisa Fishbein of Albuquerque High School fourth and Ali Upshaw of St. Michael’s finished fifth.

Consuelo Quintana led for the Elks girls. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Senior Consuelo Quintana led the Elkettes, coming in 61st with a time of 21 minutes, 30 seconds. Amerie Onesalt was 69th, 11 seconds behind Quintana. Michaela Martinez was 11th, Dallas Archibald 130th and Alicia Sanchez 144th.

Dallas Archibald (front) Alicia Sanchez (back). Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

The Elkettes learned that their goal of making it back to state after not qualifying last year will require some work. The top three teams at the respective district meets throughout the state qualify for the state cross country meet. Pojoaque finished behind future District 2-4A rivals Taos, St. Michael’s and Robertson at Albuquerque.

Alicia Sanchez at the UNM meet. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal


Espanola Valley High School competed at the Lobo Invitational. The boys finished 25th in the team standings with 670 points.

Senior Daylon Garcia led the Sundevils, coming in 101st with a time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. Ryan Trujillo was next, coming in 117th with a time of 18:08. Juan Branch finished 130th, Mario Equino was 163rd and Reuben Salazar finished 186th.

The Lady Sundevils finished 27th in the team standings, scoring 829 points.

Senior Faith Trujillo led the Lady Sundevils, coming in 121st with a time of 22 minutes, 37 seconds. Jaden Archuleta finished 158th with a time of 23:35. Megan Rael came in 218th, Emily Chavez was 224th and Alysia Martinez finished 237th.

Pojoaque and Espanola will be running in the Everybody Invitational hosted by Academy for Technology and the Classics Sept. 9 in Santa Fe.