Hardt praised the three freshman Lady Bruins—Jackie Rivers, Samantha Lucas and Ingrid Lomawaima—for stepping up and making a commitment.
Hardt, a senior, credits Hopi High Coach Harvey Honyouti as well as assistant coaches Lavonne Honyouti and Wendi Lewis with giving the Lady Bruins all their knowledge to give them a healthy heart and a strong mind.
Hardt, who also runs track, is the historian for the National Honor Society. She ranks 10th academically out of 120 seniors. She takes challenging courses including college biology and college English.
Hardt plans to major in journalism at either the University of Montana or the University of Texas at El Paso.
She resides in Kykotsmovi with her grandparents John and Rozlyin Thomas.
Jackie Rivers, the top runner of Hopi’s three freshman phenoms, said it was good to win.
“It’s the bomb, but I could have done better. I got tired too early, but it’s okay and I’m proud that I finished sixth at state and that the team won,” she said.
Rivers, who maintains a B-average, also runs track. She is the daughter of Dorothy Rivers from Polacca.
Samantha Lucas, another freshman, finished right behind Rivers in seventh place. She was proud and happy that the Lady Bruins won state. She also felt
that she ran to her potential.
Lucas maintains an A/B average and made the Honor Roll. She plans on playing basketball and running track. She is also active in the student council.
Lucas, who hopes for a cross country scholarship to college, is the daughter of Marnette Numkena and Clinton Lucas from Mishongnovi.
Iva Sahneyah, a senior, grabbed eighth place. She said winning state meant everything to her.
“It was fun and I was proud,” she said.
Sahneyah said she ran to her potential, but she felt the team’s victory was more important.
Sahneyah, an A-average Honor Roll student, hopes for a cross country scholarship to college, but hasn’t decided where she wants to go or what she wants to
Sahneyah is active in National Honor Society, Gifted and Talented and the American Indian Engineering
Society. She plans to play basketball and run track.
She is the daughter of Madeline Sahneyah and Randy Adams of Polacca.
Tracy Honani, who placed 12th, said she was proud that the Lady Bruins won the state championship because it was the seniors last year and they’re able to leave with something good.
Honani, a sophomore, said she was happy with the way she finished, but felt she could have done better by taking better care of herself.
“I had a leg injury and I was in the trainer’s room every day for the last two weeks having it worked on,” she said.
Honani had competition in the race from Tuba City’s Brianna Little.
“She passed me earlier in the race, but then I was able to pass her,” Honani said.
Honani, a B-average Honor Roll student, hopes for a cross country scholarship to college. She plans on playing basketball and running track this year.
She is the daughter of Gail Begay and Willie Honani from Keams Canyon.
Ingrid Lomawaima, a freshman, placed 15th. She said winning the state championship meant a lot to her because the team trained hard.
Lomawaima, who felt she ran to her potential, maintains an A/B average and hopes for a cross country scholarship to college. She plans to run track this year.
She is the daughter of Ivan and Lydia Lomawaima of Shungopavi.
Tashana Masayesva, a junior, said it felt good to win the state championship because this was the first time she ran at state, so it was exciting.
“The girls did a good job and had a lot of fun. My teammates are a motivating group of individuals,” she said.
Masayesva, who finished 23rd, said she could have done better by pushing herself harder. She passed one Ganado runner down the stretch and almost passed one other Ganado runner.
Masayesva, an Honor Roll student, is active in the American Indian Engineering Society. She plans to run track this year.
She is the daughter of Marilyn and Victor Masayesva from Hotevilla.
The other area runners who finished in the top 28 were: Tiffany Sorrell, Window Rock, fourth; Marilyn Curley, Ganado, fifth; Brandi Atene, Tuba City, 10th; Brianna Little, Tuba City, 14th; Tara Wilson, Ganado, 17th; Bobbie Kayannie, Monument Valley, 19th; Pashanna Curley, Ganado, 21st; Shari Slivers, Ganado, 22nd; Leandra Thomas, Ganado, 24th; Kirsten Nelson, Tuba City, 27th; and Jessica Tsingine, Tuba City, 28th.
(Stan Bindell is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)