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St. Michael’s junior Justin Angel looms as the favorite among the boys at Saturday morning’s 6th annual Everybody Invite 6-kilometer

Los Alamos and Taos head the girl’s field, with the Hilltoppers led by freshman Lidia Appell and Tigers by senior Cora Cannedy and freshman Ella Katz

Arnie Leshin

By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today

There are other cross country meets this weekend, but the 6th annual Everybody Invite hosted by Academy of Technology And the Classics will again have a strong cast for the Saturday morning event.

As of Thursday afternoon, meet director and head coach at ATC, Tim Host, estimates at least 14 schools will be running the 5-kilometer course close-by the school’s campus.

“Well, our registration deadline is a noon today,” Host said, “so we will see.” I had thought that Capital and Taos would be joining Santa Fe High for the invitational at Alamosa, Col., but Rita (Vigil, the Capital head coach) informed me that her team would be coming to our meet, and I think Taos might also.”

The current lineup will bring the host Phoenix, Desert Academy, St. Michael’s, Santa Fe Prep, Pojoaque Valley, Espanola Valley, Los Alamos, Cimarron, Navajo Pines, Espanola McCurdy, and Shiprock, and this includes Capital and Taos.

The girl’s varsity run is scheduled for an 8:45 a.m. start, with the boy’s varsity to follow at around 9:30. Then come the junior varsity races.

If Taos’ girls are in the field, they will be at full strength because the school’s soccer team is not scheduled and the top two Tigers, senior Cora Cannedy and freshman Ella Katz are also members of that team.

Los Alamos will again arrive with a quality girls and boys team. The girls are led by freshman Lidia Appell, senior Zoe Hemez and Norissa Valdez.

The top boy is freshman Rafael Sanchez, who finished eighth at last Saturday’s annual UNM Invitational in Albuquerque.

Right in front of Sanchez was seventh place St. Michael’s junior Justin Angel. He ran the 5k in 16:20 and Sanchez was three seconds behind. Pecos, the two-time defending state 3A champion, will instead be running Friday afternoon at the Albuquerque St. Pius X Invite. Horsemen junior Eli Steward hopes to improve his 30th place finish at the UNM Invite.

Along with Santa Fe High making its usual trip to Adams State for the Joe Vigil Invitational, Santa Fe Indian, Robertson and Penasco will be running at the Jemez Valley Invitational, also on Saturday.

St. Michael’s girls hope to have a full team after freshman London Luttrell was sidelined with a cold last week. The Lady Horsemen have only five runners, with sophomores Janai Clayton and Violet Eklund their one-two punch.

Capital has been led by freshman Emma George, and Santa Fe Prep with its freshman, Anna Swanson. The Jaguar boys’ top harrier is senior Joseph Nemingha, while the Griffins have senior Adrian Whitten and Pojoaque junior John Hall

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