Hardt said she thanks everybody for their support, especially the coaches who kept the players healthy and motivated. She also gives special thanks for her family support.
Hardt, who also runs track, is the historian for the National Honor Society. She ranks 10th academically out of 120 seniors. She takes tough courses including college biology and college English.
Hardt plans to major in journalism at either the University of Montana or the University of Texas at El Paso.
She resides in Kykotsmovi with her grandparents John and Rozlyin Thomas.
The other runners for the Hopi High regional championship team were Jackie Rivers, sixth; Iva Sahneyah, eighth; Ingrid Lomawaima, ninth; Samantha Lucas, 11th; Tashana Masayesva, 24th; and Tracy Honani, 26th.
The runners for second place Ganado were Marilyn Curley, fourth; Leandra Thomas, fifth; Sharilyn Slivers, 14th; Pashana Curley, 18th; Tara Wilson, 19th; Violet Tsosie, 21st; and Candace Begody, 34th.
The runners for third place Tuba City were Brandi Atene, third; Brianna Little, 13th; Kirsten Nelson, 15th; Jessica Tsingine, 20th; Greylene Boone, 29th; Henrietta Mann, 35th; and Sasha Hatathlie, 37th.
The runners for fourth place Winslow were Janeen Yazzie, second; Chaunasea Singer, 12th; Brittany Begay, 25th; Larissa Bratt, 27th; Elisha Long, 30th; Karla Curley, 31st; and Johanna Begay, 42nd.
The other runners finishing in the top 25 were Tiffany Sorrell, Window Rock, seventh; Bobbie Kayannie, Monument Valley, 10th; Deidra Sullivan, Monument Valley, 16th; Charmayne Sandoval, Monument Valley, 17th; Gabrielle Francis, Window Rock, 22nd; and Crystal Becenti, Window Rock, 23rd.
Boys cross country
The Hopi boys had a near perfect score with 20 points;15 points is perfect in cross country.
Hopi High Coach Rick Baker was happy with the results.
“We ran well and we packed them together. We’re right on schedule,” he said.
Coach Baker said his top runner, Stet Lomayestewa, could have run a better race as Lomayestewa placed second to Window Rock’s Gordon Segay.
“The Window Rock kid did all the work, and just sat on him,” the coach said. “He can make some adjustments at state, but we’re more worried about the team state title. He just needs to want it more.”
Coach Baker said Winslow and Tuba City will be their toughest competition at state, but Rio Rico from the south and Blue Ridge from the east will also be competitive.
Coach Baker was also named the 3A North boys cross country Coach of the Year.
“It’s good to be recognized by your peers, and I thank the coaches for voting for me,” he said.
The top four teams qualified for the state meet. The top 15 runners qualified for state regardless of their team’s place.
Winslow grabbed second place with 70 points, Tuba City snagged third with 86 points and Window Rock placed fourth with 106.
Ganado just missed qualifying for state by finishing one point behind the Scouts and having to settle for fifth place with 107 points, Monument Valley placed sixth with 121 points and Pinon took seventh with 202 points.
Greyhills had runners, but not enough for a team score. Five runners are needed to compete as a team.
Window Rock’s Gordon Segay was the individual champion in the boys 51 runner race as he ran the 5K course in 16:51.
Segay, a junior, said it felt good to win the race as he was able to stay with Lomayestewa most of the race and then pass him with about three-quarters of a mile to go.
“Hopi won, but Window Rock ran a good race,” Segay said about his team. “I’m happy with today’s results.” Segay, who also plays basketball and runs track, hopes for an athletic scholarship to college. He is the son of Francis and Gloria Segay.
Hopi grabbed the second through sixth spots. Stet Lomayesetwa grabbed second place in 17:20.
The other runners for the regional championship team for Hopi were: Matthew Honanie, third; Travis Sahneyah, fourth; Harry Kisto, 3rd, fifth; Aaron Johnson, sixth; Douglas Begay, 10th; and Lindsey Wise, 28th.
The runners for second place Winslow were: Ferral Williams, ninth; Joseph Ricks, 12th; Andrew Taliman, 14th; Derek Thompson, 18th; Derek Schultz, 19th; Nicholas Chatter, 27th; and Valentin Castruita, 34th.
The runners for third place Tuba City were: Rick Worker, seventh; Christopher Holve, eighth; Harold Smiley, 20th; Sherman Dallas, 25th; Nicholas Morgan, 29th; Leroy Sombrero, 35th; and Troy Johnson, 36th.
The runners for fourth place Window Rock were: Bryant Goodluck, 22nd; Vito Tsosie, 24th; Darren Martin, 31st; Ryan Guy, 32nd; Dustin Shirley, 37th; and Kelly Burnside, 40th.
The other runners finishing in the top 25 were Ryan Salt, Monument Valley, 11th; Eric Kanuho, Ganado, 13th; DeWayne Billings, Greyhills, 15th; John Bigwater, Ganado, 16th; Dominique Whitehorse, Monument Valley, 17th; Ben Begay, Ganado, 21st; and Garrison Begay, Ganado, 23rd.