Chinle’s Beau Natay was the individual champion in the boy’s race, but the Bobcats had to settle for fourth place with Ganado grabbing the team crown. Ganado won the championship with 45 points, Hopi snagged second with 55, Tse Ho Tso took third with 74, Chinle finished fourth with 79, Tsaile took fifth with 157, Sanders settled for sixth with 174, Greasewood placed seventh with 193, Pinon finished eighth with 202 and Hotevilla Bacavi placed ninth with 230 points.
After Natay, the top 15 runners in the 62 runner race were Marlin Lee, Tsaile, second; John Begay, Ganado, third; Kyle Lomakema and Creighton Hawk, Hopi, fourth and fifth; Kyle John, Ganado, sixth; Evon Gwy, Tse Ho Tso, seventh; Andre Sample, Ganado, eighth; Melvin Begaye, Tse Ho Tso, ninth; Gabriel Lara, Hopi, tenth; Adrian Segay, Tse Ho Tso, 11th; Aldon Reid, Ganado, 12th; Kodi Tootsie, Hopi, 13th; Brandon Wilson, Greasewood, 14th; Eric Badoni, Ganado, 15th.
Although this was Natay’s first championship of the season, he said he expected to take first because he has been steadily improving in the four races that he has ran this year.
Like Segay, he hopes to win the individual state championship and he expects his team to win the state championship.
Natay, an Honor Roll student, also plays basketball and baseball. He hopes to eventually run for the University of Arizona.
The 13-year-old eighth grader lives in Chinle with his parents Cammie and Quincy Natay.