This Week's Big One

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


Girls Top-10: 
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:

Championship Meet - 18 Teams

  Place Athlete Yr Team Time Points
  1 Jared Mayoral 12 Sue Cleveland High School 15:38.9 1
  2 Aaron Flores 12 Sue Cleveland High School 15:49.8 2
  3 Kevin Wyss 12 Albuquerque Academy 15:51.6 3
  4 Kyle Carrozza 12 Albuquerque Academy 15:55.6 4
  5 Taylor Potter 12 Eldorado High School 15:57.6 5
  6 Will Stanopiewicz 10 Albuquerque Academy 15:59.7 6
  7 Chris Harlow 11 Cibola High School 16:07.2 7
  8 Preston Panana 12 Sue Cleveland High School 16:08.6 8
  9 Devin Paredes 9 Rio Rancho High School 16:12.1 9
  10 Adam Monroe 12 Eldorado High School 16:14.5 10
  11 Jordan Lesansee 9 Albuquerque Academy 16:22.0 11
  12 Abran Ramos 12 Rio Rancho High School 16:23.9 12
  13 Aric Kedge 9 Albuquerque Academy 16:27.6 13
  14 Troy Lawton 12 Rio Rancho High School 16:28.9 14
  15 Carlos Cdebaca 11 Albuquerque Academy 16:29.3 15
  16 Brett Fenton 12 La Cueva High School 16:29.7 16
  17 Tim Cutlip 12 Eldorado High School 16:33.3 17
  18 Tom Hiett 11 La Cueva High School 16:34.4 18
  19 Jakob Tuite 12 Del Norte High School 16:34.5 19
  20 Damian Arruti 11 Volcano Vista High School 16:37.7 20
  21 Noah Dodd 9 Rio Rancho High School 16:43.1 21
  22 Trevor Amestoy 10 Rio Rancho High School 16:43.6 22
  23 Amir Hassan 12 Albuquerque Academy 16:44.4 23
  24 Josh Pyeatt 11 Rio Rancho High School 16:46.0 24
  25 Fernando Lucero 12 Rio Rancho High School 16:47.0 25
  26 Miguel Erives 12 Albuquerque High School 16:48.8 26
  27 Frankie Scorfina 12 Cibola High School 16:49.0 27
  28 Hunter Watson 11 Sue Cleveland High School 16:49.2 28
  29 Adam Garcia 10 La Cueva High School 16:50.6 29
  30 Zach Haki 10 Del Norte High School 16:53.0 30
  31 Justin Kerstetter 11 Manzano High School 16:58.0 31
  32 Gilbert Ramirez 11 Atrisco Heritage Academy 17:02.0 32
  33 Nathan Buttry 11 La Cueva High School 17:02.5 33
  34 Miles Brooks 11 Eldorado High School 17:02.5 34
  35 Travis Moe 11 Volcano Vista High School 17:08.1 35
  36 Pat Wood 12 Hope Christian High School 17:08.6 36
  37 Louis Bernardone 11 Eldorado High School 17:09.8 37
  38 Cal Ballou 12 St. Pius X High School 17:10.0 38
  39 Peter Siminski 10 Hope Christian High School 17:11.2 39
  40 Taylor Atencio 11 Cibola High School 17:12.0 40
  41 Benjamin Lantz 12 Manzano High School 17:13.0 41
  42 Leir Martuccio 11 Cibola High School 17:14.0 42
  43 Kawika Smith 12 Sandia High School 17:15.3 43
  44 Dante Padilla 11 Sue Cleveland High School 17:18.3 44
  45 Corgin Waquie 12 Atrisco Heritage Academy 17:19.8 45
  46 Vincent Jiron -- Volcano Vista High School 17:22.8 46
  47 Daniel Schilling -- Highland High School 17:25.9 47
  48 Gus Swanson 11 La Cueva High School 17:26.7 48
  49 John Yellowhair 12 Sue Cleveland High School 17:27.7 49
  50 Brandon Gonzales 12 Albuquerque High School 17:32.6 50
  51 Quadry Escalada 11 Sue Cleveland High School 17:33.1 51
  52 Derek Griego 12 Eldorado High School 17:33.3 52
  53 Ryan Mccullough 11 Sandia High School 17:34.3 53
  54 Noah Mascarenas -- Volcano Vista High School 17:37.1 54
  55 Haden Caldes 11 La Cueva High School 17:37.2 55
  56 Connor Laktasic -- Eldorado High School 17:40.0 56
  57 Jake Robinson 11 La Cueva High School 17:40.7 57
  58 Ryan Corcoran 11 St. Pius X High School 17:48.0 58
  59 Christian Lucero 11 St. Pius X High School 17:50.0 59
  60 Aaron Romero 11 Atrisco Heritage Academy 17:54.8 60
  61 Matthew Andrew 11 Volcano Vista High School 17:55.1 61
  62 Jacob Rocha 11 Atrisco Heritage Academy 17:55.3 62
  63 Devin Mitchell -- Manzano High School 17:56.0 63
  64 Felix Yepa 11 St. Pius X High School 17:57.0 64
  65 Joey Sinclair 11 St. Pius X High School 17:58.0 65
  66 Tristan Saenz 12 Manzano High School 17:59.0 66
  67 Matt Fort -- Del Norte High School 18:01.0 67
  68 Zachariah Perich -- Sandia High School 18:03.5 68
  69 Steven Arnot 12 Highland High School 18:06.2 69
  70 Gabe Brown 11 Sandia High School 18:12.2 70
  71 Leighton Stewert 12 Albuquerque High School 18:14.0 71
  72 Jacob Felts 11 Sandia High School 18:14.0 72
  73 Matt Weinstein 9 Hope Christian High School 18:16.0 73
  74 Enrique Lucero 12 Atrisco Heritage Academy 18:17.6 74
  75 Jonathan Garcia 11 Cibola High School 18:18.0 75
  76 Reuben Zaragoza -- Volcano Vista High School 18:21.4 76
  77 Angel Gurule -- Sandia High School 18:22.3 77
  78 Fernando Espinoza -- Highland High School 18:23.7 78
  79 Jacob Torres 11 Hope Christian High School 18:24.9 79
  80 Alec Arruti -- Volcano Vista High School 18:33.5 80
  81 Edgar Bustillos 11 Highland High School 18:40.2 81
  82 Edwin Quijada 11 West Mesa High School 18:41.0 82
  83 Noah Salazar -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 18:43.0 83
  84 Hieu Ngo -- Highland High School 18:46.4 84
  85 Jaren Brooks -- Sandia High School 18:48.9 85
  86 Dominic Zaragoza -- Manzano High School 18:50.0 86
  87 Jacob Hatcher -- Highland High School 18:51.6 87
  88 Scott Martinez 11 Cibola High School 18:52.4 88
  89 Lukas Matthews 9 Cibola High School 18:56.0 89
  90 Juan Perez -- Highland High School 18:58.7 90
  91 Tyrell Konico 11 St. Pius X High School 18:59.0 91
  92 Irvin Gonzales 11 Rio Grande High School 19:02.0 92
  93 Steven Duran 11 St. Pius X High School 19:08.0 93
  94 Harrison Ausmussen -- Manzano High School 19:09.0 94
  95 Karl Eickhoff 10 Manzano High School 19:10.8 95
  96 Nik Hildebrandt 10 Albuquerque High School 19:13.0 96
  97 Truston Sandoval 12 Del Norte High School 19:19.1 97
  98 Mikel McKinley 11 Hope Christian High School 19:23.3 98
  99 Joshua James -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 19:26.6 99
  100 Omar Garcia 12 Albuquerque High School 19:34.9 100
  101 Dominic Smith 11 Valley High School 19:36.0 --
  102 Patrick Debonis -- Albuquerque High School 19:38.3 101
  103 Alexander Deaguero -- Del Norte High School 19:46.0 102
  104 Connor Gorman 12 Albuquerque High School 19:57.5 103
  105 Jarrod Trainor 9 Hope Christian High School 20:00.4 104
  106 Jonathan Otero 12 Del Norte High School 20:03.2 105
  107 Tim Dykhuis 11 Hope Christian High School 20:04.7 106
  108 Francisco Lopez -- West Mesa High School 20:31.0 107
  109 Angelo Lopez -- West Mesa High School 20:39.0 108
  110 Devin Edison 12 Del Norte High School 20:46.3 109
  111 Rofael Rojo 9 Rio Grande High School 20:58.0 110
  112 Christian Noakes -- West Mesa High School 21:00.0 111
  113 Hugo Perez 12 Valley High School 21:05.1 --
  114 Samuel Moya -- West Mesa High School 21:14.9 112
  115 Dalton Padilla -- West Mesa High School 21:17.0 113
  116 Chris Hernandez -- West Mesa High School 21:19.9 114
  117 Mario Harnandez 9 Rio Grande High School 21:28.0 115
  118 Jimmy Salazar 10 Rio Grande High School 22:37.2 116
  119 Dezmond Hill 12 Rio Grande High School 24:11.6 117
  120 Aaron Trujillo -- Rio Grande High School 25:44.0 118

Championship Meet - 18 Teams Team Scores

# Team Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Albuquerque Academy 37 3 4 6 11 13 - -
2 Rio Rancho High School 78 9 12 14 21 22 - -
3 Sue Cleveland High School 83 1 2 8 28 44 - -
4 Eldorado High School 103 5 10 17 34 37 - -
5 La Cueva High School 144 16 18 29 33 48 - -
6 Cibola High School 191 7 27 40 42 75 - -
7 Volcano Vista High School 216 20 35 46 54 61 - -
8 Atrisco Heritage Academy 273 32 45 60 62 74 - -
9 St. Pius X High School 284 38 58 59 64 65 - -
10 Manzano High School 287 31 41 63 66 86 - -
11 Sandia High School 306 43 53 68 70 72 - -
12 Del Norte High School 313 19 30 67 97 102 - -
13 Hope Christian High School 323 36 39 73 79 98 - -
14 Albuquerque High School 341 26 50 71 96 100 - -
15 Highland High School 359 47 69 78 81 84 - -
16 West Mesa High School 516 82 107 108 111 112 - -
17 Rio Grande High School 548 92 110 115 116 117 - -
-- Valley High School NTS

 

and now for the girls:

Championship Meet - 18 Teams

  Place Athlete Yr Team Time Points
  1 Jessie Hix 10 Eldorado High School 18:20.0 1
  2 Crissey Amberg 12 Eldorado High School 18:32.8 2
  3 Molly Klein 9 Rio Rancho High School 18:43.0 3
  4 Cassey Amberg 12 Eldorado High School 18:53.4 4
  5 Kelli Reagan 12 St. Pius X High School 18:58.0 5
  6 Claire Archibeck 12 Albuquerque Academy 19:03.0 6
  7 Cameren Kristensen 9 Albuquerque Academy 19:03.1 7
  8 Rebecca Castillo 11 Volcano Vista High School 19:15.9 8
  9 Julie Giannini 12 St. Pius X High School 19:26.0 9
  10 Kimberly Chapman 12 Cibola High School 19:26.0 10
  11 Erin Archibeck 10 Albuquerque Academy 19:28.0 11
  12 Mackenzie Everett 11 La Cueva High School 19:31.1 12
  13 Jessica Depoy 12 Eldorado High School 19:34.4 13
  14 Brittney Lovato -- Sue Cleveland High School 19:35.6 14
  15 Elizabeth Weeks 11 La Cueva High School 19:40.8 15
  16 Sierra Delware 8 Rio Rancho High School 19:48.0 16
  17 Coley Norcross 12 Eldorado High School 19:48.1 17
  18 Joanna Fernandez 10 Rio Rancho High School 19:50.0 18
  19 Alex Dean 9 Albuquerque Academy 19:55.3 19
  20 Sierra Quinones 11 Volcano Vista High School 19:55.4 20
  21 Dara Procell 8 Albuquerque Academy 20:00.8 21
  22 Sierra Maple -- Volcano Vista High School 20:01.3 22
  23 Nichole Gomez 11 Cibola High School 20:05.0 23
  24 Melia Macias 11 Eldorado High School 20:05.1 24
  25 Hannah Baca 10 St. Pius X High School 20:11.0 25
  26 Abigail Napier 11 La Cueva High School 20:13.7 26
  27 Nicolette Pacheco 11 Sue Cleveland High School 20:14.2 27
  28 Alliana Atencio 9 Rio Rancho High School 20:15.8 28
  29 Samantha Dicker 10 Eldorado High School 20:17.5 29
  30 Ellie Wynn 10 Albuquerque Academy 20:18.0 30
  31 Kellie Stroupe 12 La Cueva High School 20:19.2 31
  32 Lindsay DeGolyer 11 La Cueva High School 20:22.1 32
  33 Tiziana DeHorney 12 La Cueva High School 20:24.4 33
  34 Kirsten Fotieo 9 La Cueva High School 20:25.0 34
  35 Catherine Jungmann 10 Manzano High School 20:28.0 35
  36 Xena Maple 12 Volcano Vista High School 20:28.6 36
  37 Dottie Smith 12 Rio Rancho High School 20:29.0 37
  38 Megan Agena 9 Rio Rancho High School 20:29.9 38
  39 Kaylee Amershek 12 Volcano Vista High School 20:31.7 39
  40 Morgan Findley 12 Albuquerque Academy 20:31.8 40
  41 Marissa Gutierrez 12 Del Norte High School 20:38.4 41
  42 Hope Johnson 9 Cibola High School 20:41.0 42
  43 Nicole Billengsley 10 Sandia High School 20:44.6 43
  44 Erika Griswold 12 Sue Cleveland High School 20:48.5 44
  45 Kristen Lundberg 10 Hope Christian High School 20:58.2 45
  46 Mackenzie Steckbeck 12 Volcano Vista High School 21:08.1 46
  47 Krista Osborne 12 Sandia High School 21:14.2 47
  48 Samantha Caire -- Sandia High School 21:14.6 48
  49 Natalie Gayoso 10 Volcano Vista High School 21:15.4 49
  50 Allix Haigh 12 Hope Christian High School 21:18.1 50
  51 Victoria Perez 11 Sandia High School 21:18.7 51
  52 Jordyn Dilorenzo -- St. Pius X High School 21:21.0 52
  53 Katelyn Morales 12 Sue Cleveland High School 21:24.1 53
  54 Ashley Gabaldon -- Rio Rancho High School 21:24.3 54
  55 Briannah Baca 11 St. Pius X High School 21:25.0 55
  56 Dominique Hills 11 Sue Cleveland High School 21:29.4 56
  57 Vanessa Hernandez -- St. Pius X High School 21:30.0 57
  58 Haylie Schmidt -- Sue Cleveland High School 21:30.9 58
  59 Mckenna Delagarza -- Sandia High School 21:31.4 59
  60 Cassy Mcclintock 12 Sue Cleveland High School 21:36.1 60
  61 Ali Kruse 12 Hope Christian High School 21:37.1 61
  62 Jazlyn Padilla 11 Del Norte High School 21:39.5 62
  63 Samantha Hjorth 11 Manzano High School 21:42.2 63
  64 Devon Evelo 12 Manzano High School 21:48.6 64
  65 Julie Ngo 11 Sandia High School 21:57.2 65
  66 Nadine Oglesby 11 Highland High School 22:01.8 66
  67 Sydney Billingsley 10 Sandia High School 22:02.8 67
  68 Karlene Calavaza 10 Cibola High School 22:21.6 68
  69 Cassandra Money 11 Albuquerque High School 22:29.0 69
  70 Lauren Gianinni -- St. Pius X High School 22:32.0 70
  71 Sarah Mellin 11 Albuquerque High School 22:33.8 71
  72 Rachel Starkweather 10 Hope Christian High School 22:40.0 72
  73 Katlyn Cuyler 12 Hope Christian High School 22:40.1 73
  74 Rachel Gabaldon -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 22:41.6 74
  75 Fallyn Begay 10 Atrisco Heritage Academy 22:49.0 75
  76 Jessica Campa 12 West Mesa High School 23:04.0 76
  77 Jessica Castillo -- West Mesa High School 23:10.7 77
  78 Zhane Gurule 11 Atrisco Heritage Academy 23:26.5 78
  79 Miranda Betencourt 12 Albuquerque High School 23:29.0 79
  80 Maya Wormwood 11 Albuquerque High School 23:29.6 80
  81 Sarah Scott 12 Del Norte High School 23:33.0 81
  82 Jennifer Hernandez 10 Albuquerque High School 23:34.7 82
  83 Brittany Romero -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 23:37.8 83
  84 Lindsey Gallinger 11 Manzano High School 23:39.0 84
  85 Lydia Nelson 11 Del Norte High School 23:39.1 85
  86 Barbara Mika -- Del Norte High School 23:40.0 86
  87 Sarah Wirtz 12 Cibola High School 23:42.0 87
  88 Karina Ortega 12 Manzano High School 23:49.4 88
  89 Savannah Medors 12 Albuquerque High School 23:59.1 89
  90 Emily Philips 12 Hope Christian High School 24:01.1 90
  91 Alexis Ortiz -- Manzano High School 24:03.0 91
  92 Chelsea Nez 12 Del Norte High School 24:06.1 92
  93 Bailey Breeden 10 Hope Christian High School 24:06.7 93
  94 Garnham Denae -- Manzano High School 24:11.7 94
  95 Blanca Cota -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 24:15.8 95
  96 Zoe Creese 10 Cibola High School 24:21.3 96
  97 Basia Mika -- Del Norte High School 24:29.0 97
  98 Kelly Otero 10 Cibola High School 24:52.8 98
  99 Kayla Lucero -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 24:55.3 99
  100 Danika Leyba -- Atrisco Heritage Academy 24:56.5 100
  101 Mudada Adamatta -- Highland High School 25:19.2 101
  102 Natasha Phelps 11 Albuquerque High School 25:37.9 102
  103 Raelynn Willie -- West Mesa High School 26:02.8 103
  104 Elise Brown -- Highland High School 26:10.8 104
  105 Sharahya Moreu -- Highland High School 26:28.3 105
  106 Katherine Cordova -- West Mesa High School 26:32.0 106
  107 Stephanie Casitillo -- West Mesa High School 27:03.1 107
  108 Angelica Espino -- Valley High School 27:59.5 --
  109 Madeline Cordova -- West Mesa High School 28:04.0 108
  110 Gisena Rodriquez -- West Mesa High School 28:12.0 109
  111 Miriam Garcia -- Valley High School 28:26.9 --
  112 Kerrie Bash 11 Valley High School 29:20.3 --
  113 Crystal Pinales -- Highland High School 30:10.2 110
  114 Chantelle Sanchez -- Valley High School 31:03.4 --
  115 Javeyah Griffon -- Highland High School 32:33.4 111

Championship Meet - 18 Teams Team Scores

# Team Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Eldorado High School 37 1 2 4 13 17 - -
2 Albuquerque Academy 64 6 7 11 19 21 - -
3 Rio Rancho High School 102 3 16 18 28 37 - -
4 La Cueva High School 116 12 15 26 31 32 - -
5 Volcano Vista High School 125 8 20 22 36 39 - -
6 St. Pius X High School 146 5 9 25 52 55 - -
7 Sue Cleveland High School 194 14 27 44 53 56 - -
8 Cibola High School 230 10 23 42 68 87 - -
9 Sandia High School 248 43 47 48 51 59 - -
10 Hope Christian High School 301 45 50 61 72 73 - -
11 Manzano High School 334 35 63 64 84 88 - -
12 Del Norte High School 355 41 62 81 85 86 - -
13 Albuquerque High School 381 69 71 79 80 82 - -
14 Atrisco Heritage Academy 405 74 75 78 83 95 - -
15 West Mesa High School 467 76 77 103 106 107 - -
16 Highland High School 482 66 101 104 105 110 - -
-- Valley High School

NTS

 

Can Albuquerque Academy and Eldorado hold their favored status through Saturday's racing? Come in the morning and find out! Will Jessie Hix and Jared Mayoral leave with top honors or will there be those who refuse to let that happen? Be the first to know by being there!

 

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