The Taos boys are running in the 4A race at 10:30 a.m., the Lady Tigers are racing at 12:35 p.m. The awards ceremony is held after the races, approximately 1:30 p.m.
At the District 2- 4A cross-country meet in Pojoaque on Friday afternoon (Nov. 2), both the boys and girls teams qualified for the state meet.
The Lady Tigers earned second place in the district and their right to fight for the state title with 44 points. First place in District 2 went to Los Alamos, who had 19 points, only four points above the best possible score. Those four points, which kept Los Alamos from a perfect score, were due to the second-place finish by Taos' Alex Mastor.
Ella Katz, Erin Manchester-Jones, and seven Los Alamos runners also earned individual recognition for finishing in the top 10. The Pojoaque Elks came in third with a score of 100 points.
The Lady Tigers have won the 4A state championship four out of the past five years, for a total of six titles for the women in school history. Taos will meet Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Saturday (Nov. 10), as both teams have been redistricted to 4A.
In last year's 5A championship, Albuquerque Academy came in first for the second year in a row, and Los Alamos took third. The Taos boys will race against both teams in this year's 4A race, and also against Pojoaque.
In the boys race, six of the top 10 spots went to Los Alamos. Tiger Sam Hastings earned a sixth-place individual finish with a time of 18 minutes and 8 seconds.
The state-qualifying teams were the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, who won the meet with 25 points. The Pojoaque Elks came in second with 47 points, and the Taos Tigers clinched the third spot with 82. The Tiger boys beat Moriarty as coach Bruce Gomez indicated last week was their goal. The team was happy to have Eddie Duran back, whose 19th-place finish helped the boys earn their place.
The state championship meet is at Rio Rancho Saturday (Nov. 10). Every qualifying team and runner in the state races at the same meet, so there are eight races. Opening ceremonies are at 9:15 a.m., with the A-2A boys running at 9:30 a.m., the Taos boys running in the 4A race at 10:30 a.m., the A-2A girls race at 11:30 a.m., and the Lady Tigers racing at 12:35 p.m. The awards ceremony is held after the races, which are expected to finish shortly after 1:30 p.m.
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