Levy said he feels this Page team can repeat as the state champions and should finish in the top three at Doug Conley Invite, where the top 20 teams from all classes compete.
Levy noted that this Page team returns five of its top eight runners and seven of its top ten runners. 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.
Levy’s father Mark serves as Page’s head cross country coach.
“It’s been tough, but the benefit is that he pushes me harder because he knows my talents,” Levy said.
Levy said it will be tough when he goes off to college and his father is no longer his coach.
Coach Mark Lomeland views it a bit differently.
“I would never recommend coaching your own children,” he said. “It’s hard to separate school and your son when you get home. When things don’t go well, it can make for tense moments at home.”
Coach Lomeland said he was glad Page was able to pull of the victory because the kids needed a lift. But Coach Lomeland didn’t want to overstate the victory. He said Chinle has made a major jump by using former Page runner Shawn Martin as its coach. He noted that Hopi High was missing several runners and will be tougher.