Ganado girls take 2nd straight AZ cross country championship
PHOENIX -- Ganado High School won the girls cross country state championship for the second straight year as the Lady Hornets packed its top five into the top 30 at Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix.
Ganado won with 61 points. Window Rock and Winslow tied with 90 points, but the Lady Scouts grabbed second place on the sixth-runner tie breaker forcing the Lady Bulldogs to settle for third. Hopi High took fourth place with 93 points.
The rest of the team scoring showed Alchesay, fifth, 111; Blue Ridge, sixth, 131; Fountain Hills, seventh, 174; Holbrook, eighth, 197; Estrella Foothills, ninth, 295; Payson, 10th, 305; Parker, 11th, 311; Safford, 12th, 314; Globe, 13th, 316; Seton Catholic, 14th, 357; and Coolidge, 15th, 398.
Winslow's Janeen Yazzie was the individual state champ in this race with a time of 20:20 and Window Rock's Tiffany Sorrell grabbed second place with a time of 20:28.
Alandria Reid from Ganado took third place with teammate Marilyn Curley finishing sixth. The state championship team also had Tierra Blacksheep taking14th and Courtney Jackson placing 15th. The rest of the championship included Tara Wilson, 32nd; Teri Wilson, 47th; and Latasha Shirley 54th.
There were 111 runners in this race.
Hopi's Samantha Lucas grabbed fourth place followed by teammate DeAnn Honanie. The other Hopi High runners were Tamacia Lomawaima, 20th; Kelli Smiley, 36th; Tracy Honani, 43rd; Daylene Billy, 49th; and Cassandra Nash, 90th.
For Window Rock, Amber Izzo finished 17th, Leah Martinez was right behind her in 18th; Danielle Begay took 25th; Kaylene Wilson finished 45th; Valentina Segay placed 51st; and Leona Birch finished 75th.
The other area runners medaling by finishing in the top 28 were Fayrene Holden and Rhea Cosay, Alchesay, seventh and eighth; Rhianna Little, Tuba City, ninth; Rhianna Chee, Holbrook, tenth; Eva Stewart, Chinle, 16th; Mary Catherine Ricks, Winslow, 24th; Chaunasea Singer, Winslow, 26th; and Elisha Billie, Winslow, 28th.
Page won the girls title as they packed four runners into the top 12 to beat Flagstaff by 17. Katrina Lee led Page with a second place finish behind Queen Creek's Kari Hardt. Page won the meet with 42 points and Flagstaff High was second with 59 points.
Pinon placed second in the girls 1A-2A race. Yuma Catholic won with 42 points and Pinon placed second with 65. Sachell Etsitty led Pinon with a third place finish.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)