Ganado Lady Hornets nail girls championship
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to early Labor Day print deadlines, a brief summary of the Hopi High boys and girls cross country invite follows. A more in-depth look with photos will appear in the next edition of the Navajo-Hopi Observer.)
POLACCA — Page High School dominated the boys race as the Sand Devils won with 23 points.
Chinle snagged second with 87 points, Red Mesa took third with 136 points, Winslow finished fourth with 142 and Hopi captured fifth with 168.
St. Michaels took sixth with 175, Tuba City settled for seventh with 184, Ganado placed eighth with 191, Monument Valley netted ninth with 203, Window Rock took 10th with 214, Alchesay placed 11th with 241, Many Farms finished 12th with 294, Holbrook took 13th with 319 and Greyhills finished 14th with 388.
Levy Lomeland was the individual champion.
Page dominated this race with its top five runners placing in the top seven. Nathan Lee grabbed fourth,
Donovan Tsinnijinnie snagged fifth, Derrick Williams finished sixth and Antonio Smith placed seventh.
The other runners finishing in the top 20 were: Weston Jones, Red Mesa, second; Gordon Segay, Window Rock, third; Christopher Holve, Tuba City, eighth; Teo-Sean White, Chinle, ninth; Matt Lamson, Hopi, 10th; Bronson Jones, Red Mesa, 11th; Julian Begay, Many
Farms, 12th; Rodell Williams, Chinle, 13th; Randy Norberto, Chinle, 14th; John Bigwater, Ganado, 15th; Melvyn Pahe, Holbrook, 16th; Kyle Whitehair, Winslow, 17th; Harold Smiley, Tuba City, 18th; Derrick Spencer, Window Rock, 19th; and Craig Curley, St. Michaels, 20th.
The chaos of the day may have also impacted Hopi High’s performance. Aldy Qumyintewa, who worked in the facilities department at the school, died in a car crash. In this small community, the loss of a community member is deeply felt. The vehicle accident caused several buses to arrive late at the school. A new school was dedicated at Polacca Day School also causing a busy day on this usually quiet reservation.
Ganado freshman Alandria Reid won the individual medal and led the Lady Hornets to the team championship with 50 points. Chinle grabbed second with 89 points and Window Rock snagged third with 123 points. Alchesay took fourth with 124, Page placed fifth with125 and Tuba City finished sixth with 136.
Hopi, the girls winner last year, took seventh. Winslow placed eighth with 181, Pinon finished ninth with 280, Many Farms took 10th with 283, Holbrook placed 11th with 323 and St. Michaels took 12th with 337.
The top five runners for Ganado included Leandra Thomas, fifth; Marilyn Curley, 10th; Tara Wilson, 14th; and Tierra Blacksheep, 20th.
The other runners finishing in the top 20 were Tiffany Sorrell, Window Rock, second; Katrina Lee, Page, third; Calah Schlabach, St. Michaels, fourth; Tracy Honani, Hopi, sixth; Fayrene Holden, Alchesay, seventh; Janeen Yazzie, Winslow, eighth; Amanda Eddie,
Chinle, ninth; Rhea Cosay, Alchesay, 11th; Charmaine Sandoval, Monument Valley, 12th; Courtney Norberto, Chinle, 13th; Farene Holden, Alchesay, 15th; Bobbie Kayanie, Monument Valley, 16th; Brianna Little, Tuba City, 17th; Alicia Watson, Chinle, 18th; and Amber Izzo, Window Rock, 19th.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)