Braves sophomore Iris Emery ran fourth for the girls, and senior Thomas Lucero took fifth among the boys
By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today
Santa Fe Indian School almost ran off with both the varsity and junior varsity team championships at Saturday’s annual Jemez Valley Cross County Invitational.
The Braves handily swept the JV field with the first five finishers, and the girls won with a score of 24. In the varsity run, the boys settled for second place with 71 points, 20 more than first place Laguna-Acoma, and the girls edged Penasco, 45-44.
“I think I have a good team,” said head coach Joe Calabaza, “and we do have numbers, which is also good,”
Numbers they do have, 35 girls and 33 boys. No potential state champions, but a squad with experience, and this includes senior Thomas Lucero, the leading runner for his school so far.
Lucero turned in a time of 19:32 to place fifth in the 3-mile run. He’s been on the XC team since 7th grade, and would like to conclude with an impressive final year as he takes over for graduated state 4A champion Michael Tenorio.
Behind him came senior Coby Quintana finishing 12th in 20:48, senior Antonio Madalena ran 15th in 21:04, freshman Chris Humetewa clocked 21:11 for 16th place, and junior Bryce Ramone placed 23rd in 21:31.
A good day on the course for Indian School, by not enough to stay with Laguna-Acoma.
In the girl’s varsity, the 45-44 score for the team title came behind a good showing for the sophomore trio of Iris Emery, Franki M. Chavez and Hunter Garcia, with Emery 4th in 24:34, Chavez sixth in 24:51, and Garcia ran 25:01 for the ninth spot.
Taking seventh place for the Braves was senior Elizabeth Lucero in the time of 24:57. The fifth team member was sophomore Diandra Toya running 26:55 for 18th place.
In the junior varsity race, the Indian School boys compiled a perfect 15 points and girls pieced together 24. The Brave boys not only took the first five places, but also the next four.
Leading the pack was sophomore Lauren Chavez running first in 20:56, and three second behind him was junior Jaden Aguino (20:59). Third was freshman DeBrylan Candelario in 21:38, and rounding out the quintet was freshman Aiden Rodriguez in fourth with a time of 21:51 and freshman Gailey Morgan run fifth in 22:44.
Indian School freshman Taveah Lucero won the girl’s JV race in 28:16 as the Braves’ 24 points were far ahead of the rest of the schools.
Behind Lucero in fourth place was junior Katelyn Calabaza clocked in 30:01. Ten seconds being her was senior Ariana Marcotte (30:11). Sixth place went to senior Destiny Montoya in 30:28, and in 8th was sophomore Brittany Lovato in 31:14.
The next stop for Indian School is Friday afternoon at the Laguna-Acoma Invitational, with 3 o’clock the scheduled start.