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By Pilar Owens
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TOTAH CROSS COUNTRY INVITE

TOTAH INVITE CHALLENGES RUNNERS

 

September 28, 2018

VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY GIRLS START THEIR RACE FRIDAY NEAR THE PINON HILLS COMMUNITY CHURCH ON FRIDAY. BEFORE THE START THEY WERE INSTRUCTED TO "BE SMART GOING OUT" BECAUSE "YOU'LL SKID MORE THAN YOU'LL BOUNCE.".

TOTAH INVITE CHALLENGES RUNNERS

Photos and story by Pilar Owens, TALON

Do you want to be a high school cross country runner? If you love running hills, trails, and long distance sprints; if you love running six or seven days a week (at least 10 miles per week); if you can resist the urge to use the bathroom for the 13th time before a race; if you can swallow your vomit at the starting line; then you have what it takes to be a high school cross country runner.

On Friday September 21 at the Totah Invitational cross country meet, about 200 runners from Aztec, Bloomfield, Dolores, Farmington, Gallup, Kirtland, Monument Valley, Shiprock, and Thoreau raced on rough terrain. The 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) course invited exhaustion and rolled ankles. According to one estimate, there were 2,000,015 loose rocks on the trail, and one ridiculously steep hill. This was Aztec's 4th meet of the 2018 season. They'll hit the trails again on October 6th at Gallup's Curtis Williams Invitational.

Boys:

JV

1st Pedro Lucero, Aztec; 21:30.24

2nd Jesse McCray, Navajo Prep; 21:39.89

3rd Isaiah Whitehorse, Monument; 21:56.79

Team Scores (Typically the sum of the places of the first seven runners on a team. At this meet it was the first five runners on a team. Teams with less than five runners didn't score.)

1st Navajo Prep, 24

2nd Monument Valley, 56

3rd Shiprock, 76

Varsity

1st Kashon Harrison, Kirtland; 18:17.31

2nd Dallen Plummer, Thoreau; 19:15.69

3rd Triston Charles, PV; 19:32.44

33rd Timmy Smith, Aztec; 22:20.76

Teams

1st Kirtland, 23

2nd PV, 75

3rd Shiprock, 81

9th Aztec, 216

Girls:

JV

1st Kaleigh Cadman, Kirtland; 27:26.44

2nd Leiyah Light, Kirtland; 28:35.45

3rd Mandy Wheeler, Navajo Prep; 30:21.90

6th Rhiannon Lee, Aztec, 30:54.71

Teams

1st Kirtland, 22

2nd Farmington, 75

3rd Navajo Prep,

Varsity

1st Aisha Ramone, Kirtland; 23:29.01

2nd Khadija Lapahie, Shiprock; 23:46.36

3rd Tiajhae Nez, Kirtland; 24:47.12

9th Sierra Villanueva, Aztec; 25:57.82

Teams

1st Kirtland, 25

2nd Shiprock. 50

3rd Navajo Prep, 95

5th Aztec, 115

 

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