Scenes From State XC Championship

The State teams and coaches. Photo by Blake Wood

 

The traditional ‘Red and Green’ photos with the Albuquerque Academy athletes. Photo by Blake Wood

 
The traditional ‘Red and Green’ photos with the Albuquerque Academy athletes. Photo by Blake Wood
 
 
SPORTS News:
 
The rain didn’t dampen ‘Topper spirits at Saturday’s New Mexico Cross Country Championship, although it did make the course a lot less sandy than usual.
 
Our Boys took 3rd place behind Albuquerque Academy and Kirtland Central. Eighth-grader Rafael Sanchez took 4th overall to lead the ‘Toppers – a remarkable performance for so young a runner!
 
Our Girls took 2nd place, only six points behind Albuquerque Academy. Junior Zoe Hemez was State Individual Runner-up and eighth-grader Lidia Appell finished in fifth place to also take All-State honors.
Eight-grader Rafael Sanchez was the top ‘Topper of the day, finishing in 4th place overall with a time of 16:41. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Senior Chris Buntain leads teammates Kevin Parkinson and Shawn Williams into the finish. Chris was the 2nd ‘Topper boy in 16th place overall with a time of 17:13. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Sophomore Paulina Burnside leads a ‘Topper lineup including eighth-grader Hannah Gartz and freshman Abby Beus halfway through the hilly 5k course at Rio Rancho High School. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Sophomore Marin Kelly finished third among the ‘Topper girls. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Junior Zoe Hemez was the top ‘Topper girl, finishing 2nd overall in a time of 19:17. Photo by Blake Wood
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