Cross-country

Peñasco wins district meet, competes at state

Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/13/19

The Peñasco Panthers cross-country team recently won the District 5-A/2A meet in Mora a little over a week ago.

Then the Panthers traveled to Rio Rancho High School on Saturday (Nov. 9) to compete in the Class A/2A State Cross-Country Championships.

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Peñasco wins district meet, competes at state

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The Peñasco Panthers cross-country team recently won the District 5-A/2A meet in Mora a little over a week ago.

Then the Panthers traveled to Río Rancho High School on Saturday (Nov. 9) to compete in the Class A/2A State Cross-Country Championships.

The race, which was 3.1 miles long, boded well for the Peñasco girls varsity squad as they finished in third place as a collective group.

The boys varsity team, however, finished in 12th place after not placing a year prior.

Gilbert Valdez, a sophomore runner, had his best placing at the state meet thus far, finishing eighth overall -- which was two spots higher than his placement a season ago, but 10 seconds slower, too. He had a time of 17:40.35.

In the girls varsity race, the team placed with 116 points.

In cross-country, the lower the point total, the better the score is for a team. Academy for Technology and the Classics (ATC), which finished in first place with an impressive 24 points, and Pecos, which finished with 35 points, outran their competition heavily.

However, Peñasco, finishing in third place as a team still had some impressive times.

Carly Gonzales led the pack for the girls varsity team, finishing in 15th place individually with a time of 22:03.30. Charnelle Gonzales was one spot behind her with an individual time of 22:11.15.

Rounding out the girls varsity squad were 31st place Maricela MacAuley, 32nd place Adriana Tafoya, 37th place Analise MacAuley, 46th place Jennifer Aguilar and 56th place Rhyen Vigil.

Overall, both the girls and boys varsity squads proved to be an improved team from a season ago based off team placings in the state meet.

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