Previewing the Field: 2A Girls Cross Country

In the classifications we've covered thus far, there hasn't appeared to be many close contests for the state title shaping up. 2A girls may provide a break in the pattern. 

Then again, it might not.

The Bosque School would be the wild card here.

Let's be clear, with Caroline Kaufman graduated, nobody in 2A is going to have front runners to rival those of the Bosque School. The Bobcats boast a front three of Jacqueline Katzman, Reiley Kelly, and Kendall Kelly. Nobody in 2A (or 3A, for that matter) really has any answers for that threesome. The rub will lie in what the Bobcats come up with at #4 and #5. By my records, Jenna Kuchar (last year's #5) has graduated, and I have no year of graduation available for Hailey White. White was last year's #4 and, obviously, it stands to make a substantial difference if she's back this year. 

Suffice it to say that if the Bosque School does go five deep with strength, this is one freight train that's going to be tough to derail. If they go only three deep with a lot of strength, then that opens some doors for other teams.

Here's a quick glance at the returning runners from the top 50 at last year's state meet (question marks indicate athletes of unknown years of graduation):

 

 

  2 Jacqueline Katzman           Bosque School              19:40.50     2
  3 Kendall Kelly                Bosque School              20:03.50     3
  4 Reiley Kelly                 Bosque School              20:30.90     4
  5 Hannah Antone                Navajo Prep                20:50.70     5
  6 Shelby Lee                   Navajo Pine                20:55.10     6
? 7 Amber Manuelito              Newcomb                    20:55.20    --
  8 Drew Todechine               Rehoboth                   20:56.10     7
 10 Valene Madalena              Jemez Valley               20:58.00     9
 11 Amira Cunningham             East Mountain              21:03.90    10
 12 Jocelyn Riley                Laguna Acoma               21:07.60    11
 14 Delta Higdon                 Navajo Prep                21:14.20    13
 15 Brandi Reano                 Navajo Prep                21:15.50    14
 16 Jennifer Lewis               Rehoboth                   21:16.80    15
 17 Marcella Sanchez             Penasco                    21:18.50    16
 18 Cassie C De Baca             Pecos                      21:22.10    17
 19 Elicia Sanchez               Penasco                    21:22.70    18
 21 Demetria Clichee             Navajo Pine                21:36.30    20
 22 Jordan Ide                   Rehoboth                   21:40.70    21
?23 Haley White                  Bosque School              21:42.00    22
 24 Lacey Natseway               Laguna Acoma               21:42.10    23
 25 Briana Burns                 Estancia                   21:43.20    24
 26 Santiana Marrujo             Mora                       21:43.30    25
 27 Janice Chacon                Coronado                   21:46.40    --
 28 Kaitlin Chee                 Navajo Pine                21:48.00    26
?29 Talynn Turner                East Mountain              21:49.10    27
 30 Crystal Hernandez            Tucumcari                  21:50.60    28
 31 Ashley Joe                   Navajo Prep                21:51.10    29
?32 Sophie Quay-De La Va         Santa Fe Prep              22:07.10    30
 33 Ida Valencia                 Pecos                      22:12.10    31
 34 Mikayla Calhoon              Estancia                   22:12.60    32
 35 Jenna Kuchar                 Bosque School              22:19.60    33
 36 Julia Martinez               Mesa Vista                 22:21.30    --
?37 Brandy Olivas                Tucumcari                  22:25.00    34
?38 Kaitlyn Sisneros             Santa Rosa                 22:25.20    --
 39 Ashley Carlisle              Rehoboth                   22:27.50    35
 40 Erin Schulhofer              Santa Fe Prep              22:30.70    36
 41 Ashley Lujan                 Estancia                   22:33.20    37
 42 Marilyn Werito               Tse Yi Gai                 22:43.80    --
 43 Vanisha Sam                  Navajo Prep                22:45.30    38
?44 Emma Thompson                ATC                        22:53.60    --
 45 Arielle Mattes               Santa Fe Prep              22:54.80    39
 46 Chantel Rivera               Mora                       23:01.80    40
 48 Seneca Riley                 Laguna Acoma               23:07.60    41
 50 Taylor Bacon                 Desert Academy             23:09.20    --
 
It's not difficult to see the advantage that the Bosque School holds, but pending the answering of a few questions that the first meet or two of the season should help to answer, there are some other schools that could potentially be very much in the race. Among those are Rehoboth, Navajo Prep, and possibly Navajo Pine as well.
 
As has been our custom in this series of articles, the next thing we look at it is the 2A 3200 rankings from this spring. There are only 3200 records for 29 returning runners for 2A, and this is how they shake out:
 
Rank Time Athlete Name Team C/O Date Meet
1. 11:52.68 Reiley Kelly NM Bosque School 2014 03/24/2012 Laguna-Acoma Invitational
2. 11:56.95 Kendall Kelly NM Bosque School 2014 03/24/2012 Laguna-Acoma Invitational
3. 12:29.10 Crystal Hernandez NM Tucumcari High School 2015 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
4. 12:53.16 Shelby Lee NM Navajo Pine High School 2013 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
5. 12:54.78 Brandi Reano NM Navajo Prep High School 2014 04/07/2012 Miyamura Patriot Invitational
6. 12:57.70 Jordan Ide NM Rehoboth High School 2016 03/24/2012 Laguna-Acoma Invitational
7. 12:58.03 Amira Cunningham NM East Mountain High School 2015 04/07/2012 Rio Rancho Invitational
8. 13:01.25 Drew Todechine NM Rehoboth High School 2015 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
9. 13:08.39 Jennifer Lewis NM Rehoboth High School 2013 03/10/2012 Piedra Vista Invitational
10. 13:10.84 Lacey Natseway NM Laguna-Acoma High School 2014 04/07/2012 Miyamura Patriot Invitational
11. 13:14.52 Briana Burns NM Estancia High School 2013 03/24/2012 Valencia Relays
12. 13:31.55 Destiny Justice NM Clayton High School 2014 04/12/2012 Ron Reed Invitational
13. 13:33.98 Ashley Carlisle NM Rehoboth High School 2013 03/10/2012 Piedra Vista Invitational
14. 13:56.30 Amira Hindi NM New Mexico Military Institute 2015 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
15. 14:02.24 Santiana Marrujo NM Mora High School 2014 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
16. 14:06.92 Isa Lee NM Cobre High School 2015 05/04/2012 New Mexico District 3 - 3A Meet
17. 14:10.54 Angelica Rios NM Loving High School 2015 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
18. 14:33.58 Tatiana Perlinski NM East Mountain High School 2014 04/07/2012 Rio Rancho Invitational
19. 14:36.00 Sara Derochie NM East Mountain High School 2014 03/10/2012 Zimmerly Relays
20. 14:47.65 Ashlee Alire NM Mesa Vista High School 2014 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
21. 14:52.26 Ashley Toclanny NM Tularosa High School 2014 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
22. 14:58.62 Chamisa Mccray NM Ramah High School 2013 04/07/2012 Miyamura Patriot Invitational
23. 15:01.15 Victoria Vasquez NM Penasco High School 2014 05/04/2012 New Mexico 1A-2A State Track and Field Championships
24. 15:43.04 Anisha Kotair NM Santa Rosa High School 2013 03/16/2012 Dexter Demon Relays
25. 15:59.81 Lucy Denton NM Cobre High School 2014 04/13/2012 Therman Jordan Relays
26. 16:01.28 Tamara Riley NM Laguna-Acoma High School 2014 04/07/2012 Miyamura Patriot Invitational
27. 16:23.27 Marissa Morgan NM Navajo Prep High School 2013 04/14/2012 Bill Slade Invitational
28. 16:29.07 Shanece Mandonado NM Questa High School 2013 04/07/2012 Cimarron Invitational
29. 19:25.00 Maya Macdonald NM Questa High School 2015 04/23/2012 Cimarron Ram Relays

 

Although Jacqueline Katzman eschewed the 3200 this spring, Bosque's strength is once again evident in these rankings. But, what also jumps out is the presence of four Rehoboth runners on the list. And, whatever else Bosque's other cross country runners may have done this past spring, it wasn't distance events in track and field. So, there was great opportunity for other teams to close the gap on Bosque at 4 and 5.

The sum of those factors would suggest that Rehoboth might be a good deal closer than the Bobcats would like to think. The other schools which might conceivably be in the trophy hunt, schools like Navajo Prep, Navajo Pine, Zuni, and Penasco, were lightly represented, if at all, in the 3200 this spring and may have need to work on closing the gap once again for this fall.

As usual, the disclaimer about the impact of incoming freshmen (or eighth graders, as the case may be) applies.
 
While I try not to have rooting interests in these races, I confess there is a bit of one present for me in 2A. A former runner of mine, and a key member of two state championship teams while she was in high school, has been part of the coaching staff at Rehoboth for a few years now. I don't know if the plans are to continue in that role this fall, but there is no small amount of satisfaction in seeing the team she's involved with enjoy some success. So, here's a shout out to you, Jessi Miller!
 

 

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