Hopi High girls win 2A state cross country championship

Members of the Hopi High School girls cross country team stand proudly with their 2A championship trophy (Photo by Stan Bindell/NHO).

Members of the Hopi High School girls cross country team stand proudly with their 2A championship trophy (Photo by Stan Bindell/NHO).

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PHOENIX - The Hopi High girls won the 2A state championship and DeAnn Honanie won the individual girls 2A state championship Nov. 3 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.

The Hopi High girls cross country team won their race with 36 points and Northland Prep was right on their heels with 46 points. Valley Christian was third with 90 points, Valley Sanders grabbed fourth with 149 and Yuma Catholic placed fifth with 168 points.

Hopi High Coach Harvey Honyouti said the girls ran well and did what they were told to do. He said Honanie ran a smart, outstanding race.

Coach Honyouti said Hopi High finished second at regionals because a couple of the girls were sick.

"This week they responded," he said. "Maybe it was a blessing in disguise we finished second at regionals because that made us the chaser today."

Hopi won with DeAnn Honanie leading the way with the individual state championship. Her teammates all placed in the top 20 with Kelli Smiley grabbing fifth, Snow Josytewa took seventh, Terrissa Josytewa finished 11th, Monica Honyumptewa placed 12th, Desiree Torivio took 16th and Tracy Billy placed 18th in the 114 runner race.

Honanie, who led the Lady Bruins to the state championship, said it was great winning state because it was several years since the girls won and she was glad to bring back the championship trophy for the seniors.

Honanie said the difference between this year and last year is that last year the team didn't work as hard and they weren't focused.

"This year we worked together better as a team and we communicated better. We came together as one and not as individuals," she said.

Honanie said Hopi ran a good race this year as they packed all seven runners into the top 20. She said she didn't even feel the heat.

Honanie said Hopi knew coming in that the race would be between them and Northland Prep. She said Northland Prep showed good sportsmanship by congratulating Hopi on their running.

Honanie said next year's Hopi team can win the state title again if they work together and stay focused.

Honanie, who maintains a B average, also plays basketball and runs track and is on the student council. She plans to major in athletic training either at Ft. Lewis or Haskell College.

She is the daughter of Philbert Honanie and Pearl Qumyintewa of Shungopavi.

Smiley, a 17-year-old senior, said it was great running for the state championship team because they hadn't won state in awhile.

"We worked hard and stayed positive. That helped us win," she said. "The difference this year is that we stayed positive, talked with one another, believed in ourselves and practiced hard."

Smiley remembers running the course two years ago, noting that it helped knowing the course. She said the team can repeat the championship next year if they put their mind to it.

Smiley, who also runs track, is in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and student council. She is an honor roll student who will either attend college or go into the military after she graduates.

She is the daughter of Darlene Smiley and Benson Willie of Jeddito.

Snow Josytewa, a 17-year-old senior, said it felt great to win the state championship.

Josytewa said the Lady Bruins were able to win this year because they were dedicated and had "fire in our eyes."

She said the race was fun because this was her first time at state. She added that Hopi was able to beat Northland Prep because they ran harder and said Hopi can repeat winning the title next year if they are determined and practice all year.

Josytewa, who also runs track, is active in student council and culinary arts. She is an honor roll student who plans to attend either Yavapai or Pima Community College to become an elementary school teacher.

She is the daughter of Marsha Shupla and Elson Wadsworth of Shungopavi.

Terissa Josytewa, Snow's cousin, is a 15-year-old senior who said it felt good to win state.

"I was able to help the team accomplish their goal and I reached my goal in the process," she said.

Josytewa said the Lady Bruins were able to win state this year because they worked harder, stayed positive and Northland Prep pushed them.

Josytewa said she liked the course, especially the part toward the end where they were able to run without any fans on the sideline. She added that the team worked harder because they finished second at regionals.

She said the key to winning was keeping a positive attitude.

Josytewa said the team will continue to train during the off-season and she believes they can repeat with the returning members and some incoming freshmen.

Josytewa, who is also a cheerleader, is active in JROTC and student council. She is an honor roll student who plans to major in physical therapy at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).

She is the daughter of Sara Tuvequaftewa and Guy Josytewa of Shongopavi.

Honyumptewa, a 17-year-old senior, said she felt excited, happy and emotional about the Lady Bruins winning the state championship.

"The difference between this year and last year is that we bonded more this year and the girls were more into it. The seniors wanted to win more this year," she said.

Honyumptewa said Hopi ran a good race. She liked the course because there were plenty of fans along the way to encourage them.

Honyumtpewa said she knew coming in that it would be close between Northland Prep and them so they stayed right behind Northland Prep most of the race before pushing it in during the last mile. She said Hopi can win again next year if they train hard and bond with the new girls.

"There are a lot of talented lower classmen," she said.

Honyumptewa, who also runs track, is in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and student council.

Honyumptewa, an honor roll student, wants to major in anatomy at either the University of Southern California (USC) or Pima Community College.

She is the daughter of Yvonne Puhuyaoma and Clayton Honyumptewa of Upper Moenkopi.

Billy, a 16-year-old junior, said she was happy that Hopi won state because they practiced hard and "gave all we had."

She said Hopi ran a good race because they stayed together and motivated each other.

"I'm proud of our cross country girls," she said.

Billy said the heat didn't impact her because she drank a lot of water. "But it was hot," she said.

Billy said she will run track and continue to train throughout the year. She said the team can repeat the state championship if they stay together.

Billy, who also runs track and plays basketball, is an honor roll student. She wants to major in human resource management at Mesa Community College.

She is the daughter of Gertrude and Frederick Billy of Lower Mishongnovi.

Torivio, a 15-year-old sophomore, said winning state was exciting because she had never been to the state meet previously.

Torivio said the Hopi girls took the race more seriously this year. She said the course was challenging but considered the weather nice, and added that Hopi was motivated because they came in as the underdogs after finishing second at regionals.

"We didn't want to feel like we felt after regionals," she said.

She said the Lady Bruins will keep running during the summer to prepare for next year. She said the team can repeat next year.

Torivio, an honor roll student, wants to major in pediatrics at Northern Arizona University.

She is the daughter of Ruby Torivio and Felix Sanchez of Polacca.

The rest of the field showed St. Michaels, sixth, 183; Bisbee, seventh, 194; Tempe Prep, eighth, 220; Pinon, ninth, 278; Benson, tenth, 283; Pusch Ridge Christian, 11th, 284; San Manuel, 12th, 291; Tombstone, 13th, 307; Scottsdale Christian, 14th, 347; Thatcher, 15th, 352; Surrey Garden, 16th, 393; and Arizona Lutheran, 17th, 447.

Andrea Klimowski led Flagstaff's Northland Prep by placing third. Teammate Jessica McMillan grabbed fourth and Corrie Bain placed sixth. The other runners for Northland Prep were Megan Dwyer, 14th; Jojo Salay, 19th; and Taylor Oster, 59th.

Brittany Jones led Valley Sanders by placing 22nd. The other runners for Valley were Rhonda Deal, 27th; Suzanne Begay, 30th; Gertrude Tsinnie, 33rd; Dillion John, 37th; Johnson kelsey, 54th; and Marcie Nelson, 76th.

Chenoa Herrera paced St. Michaels by finishing 13th. The other runners for St. Michaels were Jasmyne McCabe, 25th; Chasity Seaton, 26th; Anka Perry, 56th and Michelle Weaver, 63rd.

Resheena Chee topped Pinon with 34th place. The Pinon runners included Lisa Tsinnijinnie, 46th; Chrislyn Cook, 52nd; Andrea Dailey, 60th; and Sylvia Whitehair, 86th.

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