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New Mexico 2003 cross country

Mid-Season Report

by Adam Kedge,
President of New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association

State Meet Information:
Saturday, November 8th
Red Rocks State Park, Gallup, New Mexico
Elevation: 6500 feet

5A Boys: Despite not having the overall strength as years past the Gallup Bengals have proven to be the team to beat in 5A again in `03. No suitable contender has stepped up against the `02 champs that have depth that no other team in the classification can match. With the added advantage of defending the title on their home course, the Bengals clearly are the class of the division.

Top 3 Teams:
• Gallup Bengals
• Rio Rancho Rams
• Eldorado Eagles

Top 5 Individuals:
• Shadrack Kiptoo, La Cueva
• Philbert Brown, Gallup
• Adam Hesch, Manzano
• Chris Talayumptewa, Gallup
• Cory LaMonde, Eldorado

5A Girls: Sandia has proven to be a contender for the title come November. They are the only team in 5A to have beaten the Gallup Bengals thus far this season. Gallup has taken two of three from the Matadors but each match-up has been close. Eldorado and Rio Rancho will fight it out for the remaining podium spot.

Top 3 Teams:
• Gallup Bengals
• Sandia Matadors
• Eldorado Eagles

Top 5 Individuals:
• Tera Brown, Gallup
• Sheyenne Lewis, Gallup
• Lena McDaniel, Sandia
• JoJo Calderon, Carlsbad
• Laura Hughs, La Cueva

4A Boys: In their first of four match-up of the season the defending Academy Charger beat the Los Alamos Hilltoppers by a close score of 37 - 44. Both teams have clearly established themselves at the top two programs in the state despite classification. Look for three more close battle, last of which will result in either the `toppers 1st ever title or the Chargers 6th in a row.

Top 3 Teams:
• Academy Chargers
• Los Alamos Hilltoppers
• Silver Colts

Top 5 Individuals:
• Andrés Urbina, Academy
• Sheldon Benally, Shiprock
• Daniel Hemphill, Los Alamos
• Joe Ryan Garcia, Belen
• Cody Harper, Academy

4A Girls The Hilltoppers of Los Alamos have taken on all-comers. The undefeated season continues but teams are closing the margin some on the #1 team in the nation. Their closest margin of victory has been the 9-point margin that the Academy Chargers closed to on September 26 at the Albuquerque Academy Invite.

Top 3 Teams:
• Los Alamos Hilltoppers
• Academy Chargers
• Shiprock Chieftains

Top 5 Individuals:
• Kristen Hemphill, Los Alamos
• Heather Wood, Los Alamos
• Lyndsay Harper, Academy
• Anna Miller, Los Alamos
• Rachelle Billy, Shiprock

3A Boys The Pojoaque Elks dominance in 3A continues. Despite minimal amounts of depth on the varsity no other team in 3A has made a push to contend for the title. The Wingate Bears and Grants Pirates have their work cut out for them if they plan on making a run at the defending champ Elks.

Top 3 Teams:
• Pojoaque Elks
• Wingate Bears
• Grants Pirates

Top 5 Individuals:
• Darren Calvert, Pojoaque
• Robert Roybal, Pojoaque
• Dwight Carltson, Tohatchi
• Donavan Billy, Wingate
• Matt Quintina, Pojoaque

3A Girls Like the 3A boys only a handful of teams have established themselves as being able to compete for a state title. Grants has looked the best thus far in 2003. Pojoaque should earn one of the top three spots. Then it is St. Michael’s and Wingate fighting to keep them from being odd-man, odd-women, out.

Top 3 Teams:
• Grants Pirates
• Pojoaque Elks
• St. Michael’s

Top 5 Individuals:
• Irena Ossula, St. Michael’s
• Yesina Archuleta, Grants
• Cateka Tsosie, Wingate
• Christaina Belone, Wingate
• Valeri Detrick, Cobre

2A - A Boys: Zuni and Jemez distanced themselves form the rest of A-2A. One week the Zuni Thunderbirds look great the next it is the Jemez Valley Warriors that impress. In their two head-to-head matches they’ve split victories. Jemez won the last meeting so has the slight edge at this time.

Top 3 Teams:
• Jemez Valley Warriors
• Zuni Thunderbirds
• Santa Fe Indian Warriors

Top 5 Individuals:
• Vernon Tosa, Jemez Valley
• Marvis Aragon, Laguna Acoma
• Ben Fletcher, Santa Fe Prep
• Eugene Gachupin, Jemez Valley
• Garren Waqui, Jemez Valley

2A - A Girls: This is one classification where there is no clear-cut favorite. As many as 5 teams could win the title. The battle may come down to the ¼ mile trek up past the parking lot at Red Rocks State Park.

Top 3 Teams:
• Laguna Acoma Skyhawks
• Zuni Thunderbirds
• Santa Fe Indian Warriors

Top 5 Individuals:
• Katrian Brooks, Sandia Prep
• Monique Garcia, Laguna Acoma
• Carleen Gachupin, Santa Fe Indian
• Nicole Romero, Jemez Valley
• Ashley Quintana, Pecos

Top Meets:
The Curtis Williams Invitational (Pre-state meet): October 4th largest meet in the state
Santa Fe Indian Invite October 4th small school go head-to-head
The Albuquerque City Championships October 18th many 5A contenders to meet
The Los Alamos Invite October 24th top teams from many classifications

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