Greasewood Junior High placed third with 80, Pinon Junior High finished fourth with 118, Tsaile Junior High took fifth with 136 and Sanders Junior High placed sixth with 147. St. Michaels, Jeddito and Chinle competed, but did not have enough runners for a team score.
Hawk said the second place finish was a good race for Hopi Junior High as he felt they ran to their potential.
Hawk said that he and his teammates can improve by practicing harder.
“I like to run because it feels good after you finish,” he said.
Hawk, who plans to play basketball and run track, is the son of Iva Casuse from Shungopavi.
The other top 10 runners in the 51-runner race were John Begay, second, and Kyle John, third, both from Ganado; Gabriel Lara, fourth, Hopi; Andre Sample, fifth, Ganado; Kyle Lomakema, Hopi, sixth; Marty Begay and Brenton Nez, seventh and eighth, both Ganado;
Brandon W., ninth, Greasewood; and Marlin Lee, Tsaile, 10th.
The other runners for Hopi Junior High were Brannon Sidney, 14th; Kraig Holmes, 22nd; Jarod Polingyumptewa, 37th; and Nicholas Outie 48th.
Tse Ho Tso Junior High from Window Rock won the girls race with 36 points, Ganado Junior High grabbed second with 42, Hopi Junior High snagged third with 48, Pinon
Junior High took fourth with 145, Tsaile Junior High finished fifth with 154, Chinle Junior High placed sixth with 158, Sanders Junior High settled for seventh with 193 and St. Michaels Junior High placed eighth with 211. Greasewood and Jeddito competed, but
didn’t have enough runners for a team score. Tse Ho Tso’s Valerie Segay was the individual regional champion in the girls race.
The other top 10 runners in the 57-runner race were Katelyn Lucaspino, second, Ganado; Kelly Lucas; third, Hopi, Desiree Torivio, fourth, Hopi; Latonya Jesus, fifth, Tse Ho Tso; Jennifer Salabye, sixth, Ganado; Michelle Weaver and Odessa Oldham, seventh and eighth, both Tse Ho Tso; Natasha Clelland, Hopi, ninth; and Tasheena Begay, Ganado, 10th.
The other runners for Hopi Junior High were: Tracy Billy, 12th; Selena Numkena, 20th; Natalynn Rogers, 22nd; and Carynn Sakeva, 36th.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)