Holbrook, Ariz. – Hopi High School boys took second place and the girls grabbed fifth at the Holbrook Cross Country Invitational Oct. 20.
Coconino High School won the boys race with 83 points, the Bruins snagged second with 113 points, St. Michaels took third with 117, Page finished fourth with 118, Winslow grabbed fifth with 140 and Winslow placed sixth with 162 in the 20 team race.
Greyhills came in eighth with 282 points and Tuba City placed tenth with 293 points. Page’s Leif Lomeland won the 2.7-mile course race in 14:19. Sinagua’s Heath Hatch placed second and Holbrook’s Jonathan Harmon snagged third in the 122-runner race.
Logan Koopee placed tenth to lead Hopi. The other Bruin runners were Roger Kisto, 18th; Stet Lomayestewa, 19th; Harry Kisto, 31st; Matthew Honanie, 35th; Douglas Begay, 49th; and Aaron Johnson, 52nd.
Hopi High Coach Rick Baker said the Bruins ran well considering that they had four freshmen in the race. “We should be one of the top teams at the regional race. Everybody is healthy and academically eligible, so we should be okay,” he said.
Coach Baker said Hopi’s toughest competition at state would come from Window Rock, Winslow and Rio Rico. “We'll have to be at the top of our game to be successful,” he said.
Tavis Maloney finished 39th to lead Greyhills to its eighth place finish. In the junior varsity race, Hopi didn’t have enough runners for a team score, but Coach Baker was ecstatic that his three runners placed in the top 11 of the 71 runner race. Kerwin Holmes grabbed sixth, Cyrus Josytewa snagged eighth and Travis Sahneyah finished 11th.