Event to celebrate 25 years of Hopi High School cross country dominance

Reunion to take place Jan. 10 at Twin Arrows Casino

Hopi High School cross country coach Rick Baker. Photo/ Stan Bindell

Hopi High School cross country coach Rick Baker. Photo/ Stan Bindell

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. - A Hopi High School boys cross country reunion celebrating a national record 25 consecutive years of state championships, will take place Jan. 10 at Twin Arrows Resort and Casino in the Events Center Ballroom.

The celebration is in honor of Hopi High coach Rick "The Legend" Baker and all alumni of Hopi High boys cross country teams from 1987-2014.

Hopi High School assistant boys cross country coach Juwan Nuvayokva is coordinating the event along with former Hopi High runners Matthew Honanie, Devan Lomayestewa and Bryant Honyouti.

"We thought it was appropriate because every state championship has been important, including the junior varsity guys," Nuvayokva said. "It will be great to showcase all the generations for the 25 years. After all, 25 years is a long time. The 1988 team won the first title, so the players that ran that year are the pioneers."

Nuvayokva said the event has had a good response from the older generation of Hopi High cross country runners.

"They have not been forgotten. They started a legacy and we're excited about this event," he said.

Family, friends and fans are also invited to attend. Nuvayokva asks that people RSVP by Dec. 22. The event costs $25 per person.

The Office of the Hopi Vice Chairman paid for the use of the facility.

This event is supported by the Office of the Hopi Vice Chairman, Arizona Interscholastic Association, Hopi boys cross county alumni and RunHopi.

More information is available at (928) 401-0821 or by email at RunHopi@yahoo.com.


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