Pojoaque Takes First, Second At Cross-Country Meet

by Staff Reporter / Sep 13, 2017 / comments
19901  Pojoaque’s John Hall finished in second place at the ATC Everybody cross country meet behind St. Michael’s Justin Angel. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

Pojoaque Takes First, Second At Cross-Country Meet

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Three local high school boys and girls cross country teams competed at the ATC Everybody Meet Sept. 9 at the Academy for Technology and the Classics in Santa Fe. The boys came back with a first place trophy in the team standings and the girls grabbed second place in what was a successful day for the Elks and Elkettes.

“They ran better than they did last week,” Pojoaque Coach Alan Lockridge said. “We did well in both the varsity and the JV (junior varsity). They’re working hard.”

The boys scored 46 points to finish comfortably ahead of second-place St. Michael’s High School, which scored 80 points. Cuba High School was third with 97 points and Española Valley High School fourth with 113 points. Dulce High School finished in seventh place with 221 points.

Leading the way for the Elks was junior John Hall, who finished 14 seconds behind winner Justin Angel of St. Michael’s. Hall’s time was 16 minutes, 17 seconds. Senior Avery Torres came in fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds. Right behind Torres in sixth place was freshman Santiago Romero with a time of 17 minutes, giving the Elks three runners in the top 10 finishers.

Senior Mario Santistevan was next for Pojoaque, coming in 13th with a time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds. Pojoaque’s fifth runner was freshman Zach Hall, who was 20th with a time of 18 minutes, 3 seconds.

The nearly two-minute difference between his first runner and his fifth runner is what concerns Coach Lockridge.

“I just don’t have five deep,” he said. “I need five, really 5-plus.”

The Elkettes scored 82 points to finish in second place in the girls race. Perennial cross country power Shiprock High School easily took first place with 36 points.

Shiprock’s Khadija Lapahie took first place with a time of 19 minutes, 53 seconds. Pacing Pojoaque was senior Consuelo Quintana, who took 6th place overall with a time of 20 minutes, 57 seconds. Not far behind was sophomore Amerie Onesalt, who was eighth in 21 minutes, 2 seconds.

Consuelo Quintana (right) and Amerie Onesalt finished sixth and eighth, respectively, for the Pojoaque Elkettes at the ATC Everybody meet. Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

As with the boys, there is a bit of a gap between Pojoaque leading runners and the next group. Behind Quintana and Onesalt, the next Pojoaque runner was senior Dallas Archibald, who was 20th  with a time of 22 minutes, 15 seconds. Sophomore Alicia Sanchez was 23rd with a time of22 minutes, 36 seconds. Senior Danielle Jimenez was Pojoaque’s fifth runner with a time of 22 minutes, 41 seconds.

Sophomore Michaela Martinez, normally among Pojoaque’s top five runners, did not run at ATC.

The Elkettes are trying to make it back to the Class 4A state cross country meet after missing out last season. The top three teams from the District 24A meet will advance to state. Taos High School (defending state Class 4A champions), St. Michael’s High School and Robertson High School are strong teams in District 2-4A, which also includes Pojoaque. St. Michael’s did not have five runners Sept. 9 at ATC, so they couldn’t compete for the team title. Normally, St. Michael’s fields a full team.

Coach Lockridge may find his fifth runners among the junior varsity ranks. The Elks’ junior varsity took first place in their race with 26 points, easily beating Shiprock, who was second with 53 points. Junior Gabriel Huerta took first place for Pojoaque with a time of 18 minutes, 59 seconds. Sophomore Joseph Gutierrez came in second with a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds.

The Elkettes placed second in the girls' junior varsity race with 59 points to Shiprocks 30 points. Freshman Jessica Roybal of Pojoaque finished second with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds.

Also in the junior varsity race, McCurdy Charter School sophomore Jayme Bustos took third place with a time of 23 minutes, 36 seconds.


Española Valley High School competed at the ATC Everybody cross country meet. Sundevils’ boys team came in fourth with 113 points. The Lady Sundevils came in seventh in the girls race with 218 points.

Senior Daylon Garcia turned in an outstanding individual effort for Española, coming in fourth with a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds. The next Española runner was freshman Juan Branch, who was 16th with a time of 17 minutes, 48 seconds. Sophomore Christaian Azipuro was 23rd, junior Ryan Trujillo was 32nd and junior Jerome Trujillo was 38th.


Española’s Daylon Garcia (left) finished fourth at the Atc Everybody meet Sept. 9 in Sata Fe. Pojoaque’s Avery Torres finished fifth and helped the Elks take first place in the team standings. (Photo Courtesy Chris Roybal). Photo courtesy Chris Roybal

The Lady Sundevils were paced by senior Faith Trujillo, who finished 19th with a time of 21 minutes, 49 seconds. Junior Jayden Archuleta was 24th with a time of 22 minutes, 38 seconds. Freshman Emily Chavez was 48th, sophomore Alycia Martinez 63

rd and junior Megan Rael 64th.


Dulce High School finished seventh in the boys cross country race and eighth in the girls cross country race at the ATC Everybody meet. The Hawks scored 221 points, while the Lady Hawks scored 240 points.

Pacing the Dulce boys was freshman Donnel Reval, who was 27th with a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Freshman Rosendo Julian was 31st with a time of 18 minutes, 36 seconds. Junior Darian Johnson was 49th, junior Dashaun Gonzales 51st and freshman Tyvin Trujillo 63rd for the Hawks.

The Lady Hawks were paced by junior Tunte Vigil, who was 35th with a time of 23 minutes, 42 seconds. Junior Brooke Vigil was 43rd with a time of 25 minutes, 7 seconds. Junior Lauryn Vigil was 53rd, sophomore Brannon Vigil 54th and junior Brittney Amarillo 55th for Dulce.