Photo by Ray Baldwin Louis
Girls cross-country runners from Monument Valley High School, Greyhills Academy, and Hopi High School work their way up a sandy hill during Greyhills Academy High School Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 21.
Hopi High packed five runners into the top seven as the Bruins won the championship with 21 points. Chinle was a distant second with 64 and Tuba City High School snagged third with 68. Ganado finished fourth with 70, Monument Valley placed fifth with 124, Greyhills settled for sixth with 196 and Pinon placed seventh with 202 points.
Hopi’s Stet Lomayestewa took first in the 46 runner race with a time of 16.20. Matt Lamson grabbed third, Travis Sahneyah finished fourth, Vonn Secakuku took sixth and Harry Kisto 3rd rounded out the top five runners for Hopi by taking seventh place.
Tuba City’s Chris Holve took second place, three seconds behind Lomayestewa.
The other runners placing in the top 15 were Tyrin Bert, Chinle, fifth; Rick Worker, Tuba City, eighth; Eric Kanahu, Ganado, ninth; John Bigwater, Ganado, 10th; Rodrick Williams, Chinle, 11th; Teo-Sean White, Chinle, 12th; Harold Smiley, Tuba City, 13th; Dominique Whitehorse, Monument Valley, 14th; and Rodell Williams, Chinle, 15th.
Hopi High Coach Rick Baker said his team ran to their potential, but they’re at the point now that they should have been at the start of the season. He added that the top five Bruin runners ran strong races. “Any time you get five runners in the top ten you’re going to be successful,” he said. “Stet ran a good race, but the team ran as a pack. I’m pleased with the
results. There was a small amount of teams, but they were quality teams.”
Coach Baker said all of his runners are academically eligible and healthy.
“We want to stay injury free so we can get ready for regionals and state,” he said. “Now, we need to maintain and improve our fitness. We’re starting our strength training today.”
(Ray Baldwin Louis, Public Relations/Greyhills Academy High School contributed to this story.)