Cross-country

Taos girls, boys place second in district meet, will move on to state

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 11/7/19

The Taos Tigers cross-country teams will be moving on to the state meet.

After a strong performance by the girls and boys varsity squads, the Tigers placed second in both races in the District 2-4A meet at Edgewood Middle School on Friday afternoon (Nov. 1).

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Taos girls, boys place second in district meet, will move on to state

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The Taos Tigers cross-country teams will be moving on to the state meet.

After a strong performance by the girls and boys varsity squads, the Tigers placed second in both races in the District 2-4A meet at Edgewood Middle School on Friday afternoon (Nov. 1).

In the process, Taos runners Alyx Mastor, Ella Katz, Marielle Gomez and Eddie Duran made All-District.

“We are really proud of where we are at right now,” Taos head coach Bruce Gomez said. “Overall we had a really good performance in the [district] meet. The boys and girls were up for it and we got into the state meet which was our goal.”

The girls varsity race started first, and teams such as Pojoaque Valley, Española Valley and Moriarty had runners in the race – though none put on quite the performance like Los Alamos – who finished in first place as a team – and Taos.

The Lady Hilltoppers finished with a final tally of 19 points – in cross-country the lower the score the better, like golf – while the Tigers came in second place with a total of 47 points.

Mastor was the first runner to cross the finish line for the girls varsity race, as she finished in third place individually with a time of 20:51.00. Ella Katz had a strong performance, too, finishing in sixth place and with a time of 21:11.43.

Marielle Gomez rounded out the top 10, as she finished 10th overall with a time of 22:09.94. Kelly Tonrey finished in 12th place with a time of 22:21.66.

Other finishers for Taos in the girls varsity race were Salome Borrego-Marsh, Jade Mares and Kai Duchanois.

In the boys varsity race, Duran finished with a time of 17:54.53, good enough for seventh place individually.

Meanwhile, Los Alamos finished with 15 points – a perfect score in cross-country, which is rare – as the top five runners in the boys varsity race were all Hilltoppers.

Duncan Stewart-Jackson and Elliot Molz finished in 14th and 15th place, respectively.

Jonathan Evans and Joseph Trujillo finished in the 18th and 19th spots, while Nathaniel Martinez and Carlos Rodriguez finished in 22nd and 27th place, respectively.

In the state meet, the top three teams in the district qualify – and Taos was among them.

Gomez said that he’s excited for his runners who qualified for state, and said that this wouldn’t be a reality without the hard work and effort they put in. He also credited Rohm Padilla and Lucy Padilla, his assistant coaches, for being an integral part of his runners’ success this season.

“They enjoy the running,” Gomez said. “It takes a lot to get out there. They’re a special bunch and I really admire them for staying together.”

Seven runners can be sent to state for both the girls and boys varsity races and it’s likely that the same seven runners on each side for Taos will be heading to Río Rancho for the meet.

The state meet will be held at Rio Rancho High School on Saturday (Nov. 9). The girls varsity race will take place at 10 a.m., while the boys varsity race will be held at 12:05 p.m.

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