By Arnie Leshin
Team-wise, host Pecos did well, and so did its sophomore Vanessa Dominguez and junior Isaiah Armijo at Saturday morning’s 5-killonmeter annual Ron Valdez Memorial Cross Country Invitational.
Among the boys, the Panthers scored 68 points for second place, but the winner, Navajo Pine, came away with 40. Armijo also ran second, clocked in 17:18.82 behind victorious Galvin Corley, who ran.
The Pecos girls placed third in a tight three-school finish among first-place Robertson and runner-up Taos. The Cardinals pieced together 78 points, three better than the Tigers and four ahead of the Panthers. Here, Dominguez ran fifth in 21:31.06.
Ahead of Dominguez in second place was Robertson senior Mikaya Quintana, who was times in 21:13.97, with Rehoboth’s Elise Delme taking the top spot in 21:00.6.
Then there was Academy of Technology and The Classics sophomore Maggie Rittmeyer coming in sixth in 21:45.28, and in 13th came Santa Fe Prep sophomore in 22:22.72, just ahead of freshman teammate Sophie Addison, who finished in 22:24.25. Sixteenth was ATC freshman Josette Guule in the time of 22:31.12.
Two-time state 2A champion Carly Gonzales, a junior, settled for 19th place in 22:39. ATC was fourth with 91 points and Prep scored 185 for seventh place among the 15 schools.
The Cardinals’ boys didn’t finish among the top teams, but had Justin Woodlee take 13th in 18:13.84, just a step ahead of Griffins’ junior Griffin Rutherford, who ran 18:18.59. Prep teammate Adrian Whitten, a senior, picked up the 17th spot in 18:38.
Pecos picked up a 21st place from junior Keith Flores in the time of 19:01.18. Then there was ATC sophomore Ian Apodaca running 19:12.46 for 25th place, and right on his heels was senior teammate Cole Ferguson racing 19:13.88 for 24th.