Polacca, Ariz. – John Scott, Jr. from 4A Page High School was the individual winner and Hopi High School was the team champ at the Hopi Boys Cross Country Invitational. Scott, a 17-year-old senior, led most of the way. He finished third in the 4A state race last year and his goal is to win state this year.
He also wants Page, which finished third at state last year, to win the 4A state title this year. “We just need to practice more. It’s all within ourselves to win it,” he said.
Scott said he would practice harder this year as he keeps his eye on the goals. Scott said the Hopi High course was dry and sandy. He felt a burning sensation in his leg when he went up the second hill, but he was able to control those feelings and keep his pace. Scott, who also runs track and plays golf, maintains a B/C average.
He hopes to attend Boise State on an athletic scholarship. His sister Sheena is attending Boise. He is the son of Marie Curley and the late John Scott.
Hopi High packed five runners into the top 28 to grab the championship. Bruin coach Rick Baker said it felt good to win because he came in not knowing what to expect from the other teams. He considered the victory significant considering about 10 teams competed last year and 20 teams came out this time. “We ran okay for the first meet of the year. Everybody is finding out what to work on, but this was the biggest meet we’ve ever had here,” he said. Hopi High has won 11 straight A state titles and Baker isn’t sure if they’ll be able to win it this year on the 3A level. “It’s a different competition that will take more strategy. Winning state is a realistic goal, but it will be much tougher. We still have to take it one meet at a time,” he said. Coach Baker was especially impressed with Logan Koopee who continued to work out throughout the summer. “It’s the first time he’s done that. It’s a big plus and it shows a lot of leadership so I’m happy with that,” he said.
Koopee was the top Hopi runner with a sixth place finish. The other championship Hopi runners were Roger Kisto, 10th; Matt Honanie, 21st; Stet Lomayestewa, 22nd; Chris Hawk, 28th; Dellen Lomayestewa, 29th; and Cornell Tungovia, 39th. Page’s John Scott won the race in 17:08 and teammate Leif Lomeland took second to help the Sandevils grab second place.
The other Page runners were Mac Zahne, 20th; Josh Bryant, 35th; Daryl Bryant, 41st; Keith Stevenson, 66th; and Bryant Teaneum, 67th.
The rest of the top ten teams were Chinle, third, 103; Tucson-Amphitheater, fourth, 149; Winslow, fifth, 157; Flagstaff, sixth, 169; St. Michaels, seventh, 183; Tuba City, eighth, 193; Window Rock, ninth, 194; and Holbrook, tenth, 215. The other individual top ten finishers in this 20-team 110-runner race were: Jonathan Harmon, Holbrook, third; Leo Mantilla, fourth, Alchesay; Eric Bahe, Chinle, fifth; Lawrence Watson, Winslow, seventh; Chris Holgate, St. Michael1s, eighth; and Alex Comyford, Alchesay, ninth.
The other Eagle finishers were Forrest Boughner, 31st; Cameron Wyatt, 38th; Demitri Brinkman, 40th; Gered Ryan, 47th; Josh Barton, 49th; and Brian McArthur, 62nd. Lionel Dallas was the top runner for Tuba City by placing 12th.