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Las Cruces area high school cross country teams underwent a stiff test over the Labor Day weekend when they traveled to Albuquerque to take part in the Super Cinco Invitational hosted by St. Pius X High School.
The 28-school meet featured lots of top competition from around the state and had a different format, Organ Mountain cross country coach David Nunez said.
They had five separate races in boys varsity, with each team matching up their top runners, another race where they matched their second runner against the other teams’ number 2 and so on, Nunez said. The same format was used in the girls meet.
Organ Mountain was the top Las Cruces school in both boys and girls varsity. The Knight boys took sixth place, while the girls were 12th.
Centennial and Mayfield also competed at the challenging meet, which featured a 2.64-mile course.
Centennial was 10th in the boys team competition and 14th in the girls team competition. Mayfield was 16th in the girls division.
“It was nice to see northern schools this early in the season,” Nunez said. “It was a very competitive meet with 28 teams and an opportunity for our kids to face some tough northern competition. I thought all southern district 3-5A schools that attended did well.”
Organ Mountain’s Number 3 runner, Jeron Wisner, won his race with a time of 14:07.61. Teammate Jonathan Torres took second in the Number 5 race (14:40.55).
Also for Organ Mountain, Brett Bybee took sixth in the Number 1 race (13:59.99), Andrew Parks was fifth in the Number 2 race (14: 34.64) and Corbin Coombs was eighth in the Number 4 race (15:40.11).
For Centennial High, Dax Rios was 11th in the Number 1 race (14:37.46), Alex Pineda was 15th in the Number 2 race (15:22.24), Eaven Rogers was 10th in the Number 3 race (15:19.21), Liam Rutherford was 12th in the Number 4 race (16:05.49) and Evan Bell was 10th in the Number 5 race (16:20.36).
In the girls, Josslyn Ochoa of Organ Mountain was 14th in the Number 1 race (18:23.90) and Layla Lazarin of Mayfield was 17th in the same race (19:24.18).
In the girls Number 2 race, Makalia Hill of Organ Mountain was 12th (19:05.27), Aaliyah Schartzer of Centennial was 14th (20:02.60) and Caelee Jimerson of Mayfield was 16th (21:42.39).
In the girls Number 3 race, Wren Hofacket of Organ Mountain was 12th (20:14.90), Claire Ewing of Centennial was 13th (20:24.89) and Kylie Odom of Mayfield was 14th (21:12.12).
In the girls Number 4 race, Jada Dean of Centennial was 13th (20:14.76), Morgan Laws of Organ Mountain was 14th (20:22.95) and Annika Aragon of Mayfield was 18th (22:45.38).
In the girls Number 5 race, Brynn Olson of Organ Mountain was eighth (19:26.52), Natalie McCall of Centennial was 11th (20:22.35) and Gisele Ramirez of Mayfield was 17th (22:57.03).