By Arnie Leshin
Paced by third-place sophomore Chris Humetewa’s finish in 19:17, Santa Fe Indian School ran off with the top spot among the boys in Saturday morning’s Jemez Valley Cross Country Invitational.
The Braves pieced together 66 points to beat out second place Cuba (74) and third place Los Lunas (76) in a three-school clash for first. Right behind Humetewa in fifth place was sophomore teammate Marcus Concho, who ran 19:27 over the 5-killometer course.
“Chris is young, inexperienced,” said head coach Joe Calabazza, “and has things to learn, like getting away too fast, pacing himself. Concho, too, but both are going to be good.”
In the girl’s race, Indian School junior Iris Emery finished eighth in 24:44 as the Braves placed fifth overall. Respective state champions Albuquerque Cottonwood Classics (3A), took first with 54 points, and right behind was Penasco (2A) with 63.
This Friday afternoon finds the Braves heading to the Laguna-Acoma Invitational that starts at 2:30.
At the Saturday morning Albuquerque Bosque School Invitational, Santa Fe Prep’s boys took second with 72 points as junior Griffin Rutherford placed sixth by running the 5K in 17:27. Senior teammate Adrian Whitten came in ninth in 17:49.
The Griffin girls ran fourth with 93 points. Sixth place went to sophomore Chelsea Griscom in 21:24, and taking ninth was freshman Sophie Addison running 21:40. In the junior varsity, Prep was the runner-up with 41 points.
Prep well run next on Saturday morning at the annual Ron Valdez Memorial Invitational hosted by Pecos High. It will be joined by Desert Academy, Academy of Technology and The Classics, Taos, Espanola McCurdy, Mora, Mesa Vista, West Las Vegas, Coronado, and Robertson.
The same morning, Santa Fe High and Capital will compete at the annual Adrian Gardner Classic run over the Belen course.