By Arnie Leshin
With the sun beaming down and temperatures in the low 80s, host Rio Rancho Cleveland High School had no problem winning both the girls and boys 5,000 meters at Saturday’s ClevelandInvitational.
While St. Michael’s, Academy of Technology and The Classics, Capital, Santa Fe Prep, Espanola Valley, Taos and Pecos raced at the annual UNM Lobo Invite over the North Golf Course, Santa Fe High and Pojoaque Valley joined the field at Cleveland,
Current Cleveland Athletic Director Matt Martinez, in the same role at Pojoaque for two decades, welcomed the Elks and Elkettes, but the same name Matt Martinez, who is now Pojoaque’s athletic director, didn’t make the trip.
For Santa Fe High, it was a lot of running, with both the girls and boys entered in one of three different races.
In one, Demonette senior Maya Holder finished 61st with her team’s fastest time of 22:48.38. In the same race, senior Simone Rupp placed 70th in 23:20.25, and 102nd was sophomore Maya Ellers in 26:50.29.
Then there was junior Amber Lujan in another race, finishing 45th in 27:38, and in the next spot was freshman Reinta Irizzarrry taking 46th and, running 27:47. In 51st was sophomore Jaden Eustke in 28:32. Then came junior Lily Cook taking 60th in the time of 29:29.82, and 65th was junIor Bella Root touring the course in 31:29.24.
And two Demonette freshmen, Victoria Hogan and Sosaya Call, joined the other race, with Hogan 52ndin 30:26.60, and Call 54th in 30:42.84.
As for the Santa Fe High boys, they split up into two groups. In one, junior Jesus Perez ran 67th in 18:32.84, 71st was sophomore Tanner Black racing 18:54.90.
In another race, it was Demons’ junior Evan Marion coming in 52nd in 21:22.56, in 76th was sophomore Evan Kluck, and he clocked 23:10.91, while freshman Matthew Chavez took 91st by running in a separate race and timed in 22:47.15.
As for Pojoaque, the top boy was junior Santiago Romero coming in 40th in the fastest race in 17:41.31. In 70th place was senior Dylan Romero in 18:54,30, and 76th was junior Zack Hall running 19:17.8.
The leading Pojoaque girl was senior Mia Vigil racing 21:56.25 for 43rd place in her race.
At the UNM run, St, Michael’s ran seven boys, with senior Justin Sanchez timed in 17:49, sophomore Derrick Martinez Ryan Kuhn turning in a 20:05 just ahead of fellow sophomore Ryan Kuhn’s 20:06. Freshman Joaquin McKenna raced 23:53, sophomore Rowan Flores’ time was 28:18.51, and junior Gabe McMahon was clockedi n 29:51.
There were only Lady Horsemen in the field, with senior London Luttrell timed in 26:22.44, and Taryn Aguilar running 27:19.
Also at UMM, ATC junior Maggie Rittmeyer ran fifth, her freshman sister, Lily was 8th, and sophomore Josette Gurule finishing 12th.