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By Stan Bindell
Polacca, Ariz.-Chris Hawk, a senior at Hopi High School, placed third in the 800 meter run at the state meet to earn an all-state medal. Hawk, 19, was also part of the Hopi High relay team that placed fifth in the 4 by 800. The other members of the relay team were Matt Honanie, Roger Kisto and Stet Lomayestewa.
The Bruins placed 22nd out of 27 teams. Monument Valley and Ganado placed 26th and 27th, respectively. Tuba City and Greyhills did not have enough points for a team score. Hopi placed 11th out of 22 teams in the girls division. Tuba City placed 19th and Ganado finished 21st. “I really wanted to come in first, but I’m still proud of placing third,” Hawk said. “I came in seventh last year, so I was happy about moving up and meeting my goal of beating the two minute mark.”
Hawk finished the 800 in 1:58 to establish a Hopi High School record in the 800. Hawk finished second in the 3A North Regional meet behind Winslow’s Stephen Hancock, but he was able to finish ahead of Hancock at state.
Eric Chavez from Rio Rico High School was the individual state winner in the 800 meter run. Rio Rico was the boys team state champ and Queen Creek was the girls team state champ. Hawk said he was happy with his performance during the track and field season. “I improved from the beginning to the end and ran my fastest time ever at state,” he said. Hawk said he wants to thank Hopi High Cross Country Coach Rick Baker for training him “to be a good runner and a good person.”
Hawk also ran cross country and played basketball for Hopi High. Hawk, an Honor Roll student, will major in business management at Paradise Valley Community College. He doesn’t plan to be involved with athletics as he wants to focus on his academics in college. He is the son of Iva Casuse and Leonard Hawk from Second Mesa.
Hopi’s Kelsy Hardt led the Lady Bruins with a fifth place finish in the 3200 meter and a sixth place finish in the 1600 meter. Iva Sahneyah grabbed seventh place in the 1600 meter for the Lady Bruins.
Payson’s Whitney Hardt, who is Kelsy’s niece, won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Hopi’s Kim Zahne finished 11th and Alyssa Fredericks placed 14th in the 200. Hopi finished third in the 4 by 800 girls relay with Hardt, Zahne, Fredericks and Sahneyah combining for the strong showing.