Ganado boys come out on top at cross-country race

Matt Lamsom smiles as he was Hopi's top runner at the 3A North Regional (Photo by Stan Bindell).

Matt Lamsom smiles as he was Hopi's top runner at the 3A North Regional (Photo by Stan Bindell).

POLACCA - Ganado won the 3A North boys regional cross-country meet at Hopi High Oct. 25 with Chinle and Hopi close behind them.

Ganado and Chinle tied with 48 points, but using the sixth man as a tiebreaker Ganado won with 71 points and Chinle took second with 74.

Hopi placed a close third with 65 points or 87 with the tiebreaker, Tuba City placed fourth with 111 points. The top four teams and the top 15 individual runners qualified for the state meet.

Winslow finished fifth with 114 points while Monument Valley placed sixth with 146 points. Window Rock finished seventh with 150 points.

Chinle's Romero Curley was the individual regional champ with teammate Torry Bert placing third. There were 51 runners in the race.

"It was good to come in first. I led the entire way," Curley said.

Curley, who finished fifth at Holbrook the previous week, said the competition was tough at the regional meet.

"I can't wait until state. I want to win it," he said.

Curley hopes to get a scholarship to run track at Northern Arizona University.

But for now, Curley was enjoying the day. "The weather was beautiful," he said

Ganado's John Bigwater took second place with teammates Alvin Begay and Chad Singer taking eighth and ninth. Hornet Beniomino Begay placed 13th. Winslow's Kyle Whitehair finished fourth.

Tuba City's Christopher Holve finished fifth and teammate Rick Worker placed sixth.

Hopi's Matt Lamson led the Bruins with a seventh place finish, Vonn Secakuku took tenth and Andrew Honyaktewa took 12th.

Finishing out the top 15 were Tyler Logg, Chinle, 11th; Dominique Whitehorse, Monument Valley, 14th; and Tysonn Logg, Chinle, 15th.

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