Hopi boys cross country team runs to third at Mt. Sac Invitational, girls take fourth

Boys cross country news

By Deann Honanie

Bruin Times staff

Hopi High's boys cross country team placed third in the boys sweepstakes in Mt. Sac, Calif., Oct. 19.

Hopi High Coach Rick Baker said runners Chad Baker and Keith Pahovama ran better at Mt. Sac than they ran the previous week at the Thunderbird Invitational.

Chad Baker finished fifth, followed by Ronald Laban in 10th place, Pahovama in 11th, Brennon "Wunnu" Sidney in 20th, Rydell Namoki in 24th, Kevin Tsinigie in 31st, and Anthony Poleyestewa in 42nd. This gave Hopi a total of 143 points.

"My expectations for regionals is to go in and compete and just do the best we can," Baker said.

Baker talks to his runners about keeping up their grades and staying away from drugs and alcohol.

"The team can improve by closing the gap from the first runner to the sixth runner, and it should be under a minute to where they are packed in there," Baker said.

Baker doesn't know who the toughest teams will be at regionals.

Coach Baker said, "If Chad wants to take state that is mainly up to him, but we are just mainly focused on the team."

There were 16 teams that ran in the boys Sweepstakes this year.

Girls cross country news

By Povi Lomayaoma

Bruin Times staff

The Hopi High girls cross country team placed fourth at the Mt. Sac Invitational Oct. 19.

Harvey Honyouti, Hopi High girls cross country coach, said that the girls did well.

Honyouti said that when the girls ran the three hills-the Switch Backs, Poop Out Hill, and Reservoir Hill-they had quick times. He said that the times were faster than their past times.

Honyouti said that varsity came in with Snow Josytewa 16, Kelli Smiley 18, Terissa Josytewa 19, Monica Honyumptewa 31, Desiree Torivio 32, DeAnn Honanie 38 and Povi Lomayaoma 39.

Honyouti said that junior varsity did great. He said that he did not have all of his runners.

"Some of the girls were injured and one of the girls was sick," he said.

Honyouti said that by the way the team ran at this meet that they would have a good chance at winning regionals and taking the state title.

Honyouti said that he tells the girls to work hard in their classes, to keep their grades up, and to work on concentrating on what they want. Honyouti said that he encourages the girls to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

There were 11 teams in the sweepstakes race. They are Mt. Shasta, Woodcrest Christian, St. Mary's, Chadwick, Flintridge Prep, Sage Hill, Bell-Jiff, Pasadena Poly, Clovis North, Valley Christian, and Vivian Webb.

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