Cleveland's Jared Mayoral brings the top time into Saturday's Metro Championships, but that may only serve to make him more of a marked man. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Figure it any way you like, it's tough to find a bigger deal meet in New Mexico this weekend than the Albuquerque Metro Championships. You miss a few of the state's top teams when you draw a circle around the greater Albuquerque area and include only those teams, but you have a formidable collection of teams nevertheless. On the slate for this weekend are: Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque High School, Atrisco Heritage, Cibola, Cleveland, Del Norte, Eldorado, HIghland, Hope Christian, La Cueva, Manzano, Rio Grande, Rio Rancho, Sandia, St. Pius X, Valley, Volcano Vista, and West Mesa. Aside from Hope Christian, the small schools are missing from this list, but the list is pretty much comprehensive for 4A and 5A schools (and that's pretty rare for a meet in these parts).
Let the showdowns begin.
And, what better place to host the showdowns that the Albuquerque Academy campus course? It's a course with a lot of history and a long history of close attention paid to course records, course length, and the like.
Speaking of course records, here is what the contestants will be aiming for on Saturday morning:
Boys Top-10 :
1. Luis Martinez-12 Cleveland 15:16.1 2012
2. Zac Castillo-12 Volcano Vista 15:29.1 2012
3. Kevin Wyss-12 Academy 15:51.5 2013
4. Kyle Carrozza-12 Academy 15:55.5 2013
5. Aaron Flores-11 Cleveland 15:56.8 2012
6. Colin Hemez-12 Los Alamos 15:59.8 2013
7. Jared Mayoral-12 Cleveland 16:00.4 2013
8. Blaise Mariner-12 Academy 16:05.8 2012
9. Taylor Potter-12 Eldorado 16:06.4 2013
10. Ryan Betty-12 Rio Rancho 16:06.5 2012
Grade Level Records:
8th Aric Kedge-8 Academy 16:33.7 2012
9th Jordan Lesansee-9 Academy 16:22.0 2013
10th Niles Thomas-10 Miyamura 16:11.2 2013
11th Aaron Flores-11 Cleveland 15:56.8 2012
12th Luis Martinez-12 Cleveland 15:16.1 2012
1. Jessie Hix-10 Eldorado 18.25.3 2013
2. Crissy Amberg-12 Eldorado 18:32.7 2013
3. Malia Gonzales-12 Cleveland 18:32.9 2012
4. Cassey Amberg-12 Eldorado 18:55.8 2013
5. Rachel Fledderman-12 Sandia Prep 19:00.5 2013
6. Cameren Kristensen-9 Academy 19:03.9 2013
7. Elisa Woody-12 Volcano Vista 19:14.9 2011
8. Sophia Galvez Los Alamos 19:15.1 2013
9. Nica Valdez Los Alamos 19:16.4 2013
10. Jenna Thurman-12 Del Norte 19:16.9 2012
Grade Level Records:
8th Cameren Kristensen-8 Academy 19:59.0 2012
9th Cameren Kristensen-9 Academy 19:03.9 2013
10th Jessie Hix-10 Eldorado 18:25.3 2013
11th Cassey Amberg-11 Eldorado 18:54.9 2012
12th Crissey Amberg-12 Eldorado 18:32.7 2013
But, there's much more than course records to go after at this meet. Not to mention that, on any given day, conditions may or may not admit of course record kind of potential.
In a metropolitan area spilling over with solid cross country programs a meet like this carries a little bit of extra significance. Further factor in that many of these teams backed off a little the past weekend with this meet in view, and you the makings of a hotly contested team battle. If you are looking for an analogy, think of what a conference meet might mean to a collegiate program. This meet comes very close to that kind of importance for the teams involved.
Racing gets underway early on Saturday morning. The C races begin at 8:10. If a little extra caffeination is what it takes to get you there at that hour, load up your single-serve coffee brewer and get it done. You don't want to miss out on either the action or the close-in parking.
To help you align your sights for this meet, I've worked up a virtual meet of the teams involved. This is a nifty little tool open to subscribers, but I'm putting the contents of this particular virtual meet into the article so that you have a clearer idea of just what the individual match-ups and team contests on Saturday will look like. We'll start with a virtual meet of the varsity boys (all virtual meet results based on best 5K times posted this season), and follow that with a girls virtual meet:
and now for the girls: