Hopi Jr. High student wins state track & field title

POLACCA — Hopi Junior High School has a state champion in track and field.

Kevin “Fat Boy” Rivers won the junior high school state championship in the one-mile race April 30 at Hamilton High School in Chandler.

Rivers, who is Hopi, said it was cool and awesome to bring home the state title. He said his coach, Wendi Lewis, was so happy that it almost made her cry.

Rivers received a medal for winning the state championship.

Rivers also participated in the relays, but the Little Bruins failed to place in the relays at state. He said the team could have done better, but added that they didn’t practice enough.

Rivers plans to run about three miles every day during the summer as he plans to stay in shape in order to earn a place on the state championship Hopi High School cross country team in the fall.

“I hope to run for the Hopi High School cross country team because they have such a tradition of winning state,” he said.

Rivers said he enjoys running because it’s a sport where “you don’t have to depend on others; you can just depend on yourself.”

Rivers said he hopes to eventually earn a cross country scholarship for college. He has run cross country for Hopi Junior High for the past two years. He has won running medals since his elementary school days.

He also played basketball for Hopi Junior High.

Rivers serves as president of the Hopi Junior High School Student Council and he is also active in Talent Search.

His older sister Jackie runs for the Hopi High girls cross country team.

He is the son of Dorothy Rivers of Polacca.

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