The Hopi High School boys cross country team finished second at the Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff, but Bruin Coach Rick Baker isn't feeling too worried about not taking first.
Page, which Hopi beat the previous week, won the race with 150 points and Hopi took second with 157. Page is in the larger 4A Division while Hopi competes in 3A for regional and state championships.
"It's still early in the season," Coach Baker said. "Everybody's not in shape yet. There was a big crowd of runners. We didn't get a quick start, we got separated and we panicked."
Delwyn Takala, one of Hopi's top runners last year, hasn't run yet because he came out late and needs to get more practices in. The coach is also surprised that Hopi is doing so well because after the seniors there are no juniors.
But sophomores Matthew Honanie and Cornell Tungovia and freshman Stet Lomayestewa have performed well so far this season. Window Rock, placing sixth, was the only other 3A boys team to give Hopi competition.
But Coach Baker feels when the 5A and 4A teams are taken out of the mix that the other 3A North teams will give Hopi solid competition.
"We can't gage it until the regionals," he said. The top five runners for Hopi were Logan Koopee, 12th; Roger Kisto, 16th; Stet Lomayestewa, 24th; Matt Honanie, 39th; and Cornell Tungovia, 66th.
The top runners for Window Rock were Garrett Haskie, 14th; King, 44th; Towne, 62nd; and Nelson, 69th.
Other area teams placing in the race were 4A Chinle, fifth, 189; Winslow, eighth, 255; St. Michaels, ninth, 264; and Tuba City, 13th, 348. In the girls race, Tuba City grabbed fourth and Hopi finished fifth.
4A-5A schools took the first through third spots.
Flagstaff won the race, Desert Vista grabbed second and Mountain Pointe took third. Chinle placed sixth, Window Rock finished ninth, Greyhills grabbed 11th and Winslow finished 14th.
The top five runners for Tuba City were Brandi Atene, ninth; Kristin Sewingyama, 16th; Jayme Lomakema, 24th; Henrietta Mann, 58th; and Jessica Tsingine, 66th.
The top five runners for Hopi were Alyssa Fredericks, 14th; Ivah Sahneyah, 19th; Kelsey Hardt, 25th; Mallory Shattuck, 51st; and Kim Zahne, 69th.
Hopi Coach Harvey Honyouti noted that three of his starting runners missed the meet because they had to attend ceremonies. "We were missing a couple kids so we had to move some of the younger ones up," he said.
"But everybody ran well for us." Coach Honyouti said the one through five runners were too far apart, but that can be improved by working together as a team. He added that as long as the Hopi runners remain healthy and eligible that the Lady Bruins will be competitive in the 3A North.