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Curtis Williams Invitational

Saturday September 30, 2006 Gallup High School, Gallup NM

by Salomon Gonzales, Southwest region editor

Results: Girls Individual - Girls Team - Boys Individual - Boys Team

3.0 miles, 6600ft elevation, flat and sandy course, hot conditions.

 For the first time in over 10 years, Gallup did not host its yearly invitational at the storied Red Rock State Park. The venue was not the only thing that was different about this year’s event.  This meet was once the biggest meet in the state. It usually hosted over 40 teams from around the state.  Gallup and Red Rock State Park will not host this years New Mexico State Championship. That may have changed many teams travel plans.  Gallup Invitational regulars who were absent include but are not limited to: Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos, St. Michael’s, Rio Rancho and Pojoaque.  Also noticeably absent was Matt Tebo.  The Footlocker favorite sat out this week in order to prepare for other competitions later this season.  Some new schools traveled to Gallup to view the new course and compete against the host school and the rest of the teams from the northwestern part of the state. Sandia High School and legendary coach Curtis Williams entered the meet along with the Eldorado Eagles who did bring their full Girls team.   
Girls:  The Eldorado Eagles completely dominated the girl’s varsity race. All 7 of their runners finished in the top 20.  They were able to defeat the hometown, defending 5A champion, Bengals by 63 points.  This may have served as sweet revenge as the Bengals were able to defeat the heavily favored Eagles at state last November.  Julie Brasher of Eldorado claimed the individual title. She was followed closely by her teammate Rachel Velarde.  Further down the score sheet we find a mild upset as Navajo Pine (3rd place with 138) defeated 2A defending champs Navajo Prep (5th 152).

Boys:  Ryan Nez of Navajo Pine was able to defend his title at this year’s invitational.  He was able to defeat several foes that ran faster than he on the UNM North Golf Course earlier this year.  Home cooking proved to be a rejuvenating factor for the Gallup Boys who beat Sandia, and their old coach, by 14.  Gallup bounced back after being upset by La Cueva last weekend at the Albuquerque Academy meet.

Top 20 Individuals
1) Julie Brasher Eldorado 18:28
2) Rachel Velarde Eldorado 18:29
3) Jordan Brown Gallup 18:32
4) Allison Bedonie Eldorado 18:59
5) Kristy Hannah Eldorado 19:03
6) Laynee Valverde Eldorado 19:09
7) Gvin Benally Navajo Pine 19:21
8) Vanita Joe Gallup 19:27
9) Amanda Kerr Kirtland Central 19:27
10) Erin Madden Eldorado 19:28
11) Marqia Begaye Navajo Prep 19:32
12) Chantel Hunt Navajo Pine 19:36
13) Cammish Chischilly Gallup 19:38
14) Jaimi Brown Tohatchi 19:38
15) Corey Osborn Sandia 19:41
16) Faviola Valdez Eldorado 19:49
17) Shahanna Begay Navajo Prep 19:50
18) Shelly Michalski St. Pius 19:51
19) Tasha Lovell Sandia 19:54
20) Nicole Dinae Shiprock 19: 56

Top 10 Team Scores
1) Eldorado 18
2) Gallup 81
3) Navajo Pine 138
4) Sandia 139
5) Navajo Prep 152
6) Kirtland Central 166
7) St Pius 170
8) Tohatchi 259
9) Zuni 268
10) Shiprock 280

Top 20 Individuals(note: no times were posted)
1) Ryan Nez Navajo Pine
2) Kevin Burnett St. Pius
3) Anthony Roybal Cibola
4) Drew Rasmussen Cibola
5) Bryce Palmer Eldorado
6) Cory Kalm Sandia
7) Douglas Torres St. Pius
8) Almanis Begay Shiprock
9) Randy Nez Navajo Pine
10) Philbert Brown Gallup
11) Joel Hartenberger Sandia
12) Ray Suina Gallup
13) Shawn Begay Wingate
14) Kevin Palmer Eldorado
15) Paul Amend Sandia
16) Stephen Jochem Gallup Catholic
17) Brandon Tsethlikai Zuni
18) Sammy Smith Gallup
19) Christopher Begay Shiprock
20) Logan Wuaneka Wingate

Top 10 Team Scores
1) Gallup 83
2) Sandia 97
3) Shiprock 120
4) Wingate 124
5) Navajo Pine 136
6) Zuni 146
7) St. Pius 147
8) Cibola 152
9) Eldorado 158
10) Grants 296

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