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By Pilar Owens



November 9, 2018


Photos and story by Pilar Owens, TALON

You can trip at your first meet; finish every pre-district race limping on shin splints; run your worst time ever on a flat course; and still make it to state. Or you can just be phenominal all season. But it all comes down to being fast at district.

According to the cross country bylaws on the New Mexico Activities Association's website you have to be in the top ten, or on one of the top three teams, or be one of the top three runners on a non-qualifying team at your district meet, to qualify for the New Mexico 4A championships.

On November 3, Shiprock hosted the District 1 4A championships. Ninety-eight runners from Aztec, Bloomfield, Gallup, Kirtland, Miyamura, and Shiprock ran flats, a ridge, and ended with about 300 meters on the Chieftans' track to complete the 5,000 meter course.

While the Kirtland Broncos took every first place at the meet, Aztec will take two Tigers to the state championships in Rio Rancho on Saturday: Autumn Roundy and Sierra Villanueva. When reached by phone Thursday morning head cross country Coach Jeremy Newland said that Roundy and Villanueva are some of the hardest working athletes because they do two fall sports: cross country and soccer. "I'm very proud of those two," said Newland, "and the whole team and what they've accomplished this year."


Varsity Boys

1 Kashon Harrison, Kirtland; 15:42.58

2 Ty McCray, Miyamura; 16:11.89

3 Demetri Begay, Gallup; 17:04.50


1 Kirtland, 33

2 Miyamura, 49

3 Gallup, 67

Varsity Girls

1 Aisha Ramone. Kirtland; 19:43.12

2 Tiajhae Nez, Kirtland; 19:46. 35

3 Kadence Platero, Shiprock; 20:02.04


1 Kirtland, 33

2 Shiprock, 35

3 Miyamura, 80


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