Hopi High’s track and field improves<br>

Fredericks ran her best time of the year in the 400 meter, but fell just short of making it to the final run.

Coach Crothers said the girls and boys teams should both be improved next year as only two girls and one boy are being lost to graduation.

“We should be stronger and more experienced next year,” he said. “Our athletes just need to believe that they can accomplish their track and field goals. They’ve shown what they can do in cross country. Now, they need to believe that they can convert that over to track and field.”

Coach Crothers said more athletes need to come out for track and field. He said they also need to work on staying in shape during the off season so they’re ready to go when the season starts.

Boys race

Rio Rico High School won the boys race with 81 points, Globe grabbed second with 76 and Payson took third with 69.5.

Window Rock had the best showing from the 3A North with 22 points, Holbrook placed 10th with 21 points,

Winslow finished 15th with 13 points, Monument Valley placed 21st with five points and Hopi and Ganado tied for 24th place with four points. Stet Lomayestewa grabbed fifth place in the 3200. Seven Ovah finished ninth in the 1600. It was his best time by 22 seconds.

The Hopi High four by 800 relay team finished just out of the running for the final, but had their best time of the year. Travis Sahneyah, Steven Ovah, Stet Lomayestewa and Matthew Honanie combined to show that they can compete at the state level.

“These are hard working kids, and I look forward to coaching them next year,” Coach Crothers said.

Coach Crothers said he thanks assistants Harvey Honyouti, Rick Baker and Erin Burgess for helping to make the season successful.

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