Meet Preview: Albuquerque Academy Invite

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Friday brings another chapter to the storied history of the Albuquerque Academy Invite. Photo by Blake Wood.

The last weekend of September usually marks the beginning of the true racing season. The temperatures are cooler, the kid’s are fit and have a few races under their belts, and the Invite’s get larger and more competitive. Before we get to all the Curtis Williams, Rob Winters, John Grimleys, and Patason Amesoli Invite’s, the starting gun at the Albuquerque Academy Invite needs to fire.

The quality of the field is a little UNM Lobo, a dash of Del Norte, some ATC Everybody added in, and a bit of Cleveland, blended, shaken and stirred now ready for a tasting.

The team battles are always something to see, especially because the lone team to break the host Chargers seven year run of dominance was a Luis Martinez-led Cleveland Storm team (that Storm team ended up dropping 28 points on the rest of 5A six weeks later). This year’s Jordan Lesansse-led Boys team looks to make it back-to-back home meet wins and nine out of the last ten. The supporting cast of A.J. Kedge, Aric Kedge, Carlos Cdebaca and Cody Bratzler will be right there, with their 16:05 Team Average, ready to take on all-comers. The list of All-comers consists of Volcano Vista, La Cueva, and Los Alamos who are currently ranked 6th, 7th and 8th on the Milesplit Top 10. Representing the smaller classifications are the always competitive Laguna-Acoma Hawks, and the Pecos Panthers who placed a strong second at the ATC Everybody Invite.

The Eldorado Lady Eagles have taken seven out of the last nine meet titles, and are in the midst of their own run of dominance. With Jessie Hix and Melia Macias leading the way, the Lady Eagles look to continue that run. However, two weeks ago the Lady Chargers 1-4 split a ridiculous 5 seconds, with another 25 seconds to #5 and 6. Two weeks is enough time to cut into those 25 seconds, which would make them a scary six girl wrecking crew. La Cueva, Volcano Vista, Los Alamos, St. Pius X, and Gallup (ranked 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th on the Milesplit Top 10) will all be waiting at the starting line looking to add their names to the annals of Meet Champions.

Now to the individual races, which are going to be something to be seen. As the meet schedule goes, so will we, Boys first.

Jordan Lesansee vs. Niles Thomas, Round II. Lesansee has 15:37 next to his name. Thomas has 1st UNM, 1st Miyamura and 1st Shiprock. If that isn’t enough, 19 of the NM Milesplit Top 50 Boys will be toeing the line ready to add their names next to Tebo, BenJo, Pittman and Martinez.

On the Girls side, can anyone stop Natasha Bernal? At UNM, she posted 32 seconds on the nearest New Mexico competitor. Two weeks later at Cleveland, those 32 seconds were whittled to 10 seconds. At Academy? Only the finish line will tell. However, this isn’t a solo time trial, 24 of the NM Milesplit Top 50 Girls will be spiked and psyched looking to be the first to cross the line.

Running a Virtual Meet with the field shows a very Liberty Bell Invite bias (even using Average), but it’s still fun. Results are below:

Boys Championship Meet - 21 Teams Team Scores - Average Time

# Team Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Albuquerque Academy 26 1 4 6 7 8 - -
2 La Cueva High School 102 3 18 22 25 34 - -
3 Los Alamos High School 102 10 11 21 24 36 - -
4 Volcano Vista High School 105 12 16 20 27 30 - -
5 Miyamura High School 150 2 9 38 42 59 - -
6 Eldorado High School 152 5 14 28 51 54 - -
7 Sue Cleveland High School 224 29 41 49 50 55 - -
8 Pecos High School 263 26 45 48 58 86 - -
9 Manzano High School 267 13 32 68 71 83 - -
10 Cibola High School 290 31 52 56 72 79 - -
11 Gallup High School 300 33 46 64 77 80 - -
12 Grants High School 304 19 39 67 85 94 - -
13 Sandia High School 315 47 60 65 70 73 - -
14 Valencia High School 324 40 57 69 76 82 - -
15 St. Pius X High School 434 43 53 109 114 115 - -
16 Sandia Prep High School 472 23 81 107 122 139 - -
17 Laguna-Acoma High School 495 88 92 104 105 106 - -
18 Albuquerque High School 574 75 119 125 127 128 - -
19 Highland High School 588 99 116 120 124 129 - -
20 Moriarty High School 607 101 117 126 131 132 - -
21 Quemado High School 678 118 134 141 142 143 - -
 

Girls Championship Meet - 21 Teams Team Scores - Average Time

# Team Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Albuquerque Academy 37 3 4 8 10 12 - -
2 La Cueva High School 92 1 9 13 34 35 - -
3 Eldorado High School 102 5 14 19 31 33 - -
4 Los Alamos High School 108 2 16 23 26 41 - -
5 Volcano Vista High School 116 11 18 28 29 30 - -
6 St. Pius X High School 123 7 20 21 37 38 - -
7 Valencia High School 195 6 40 45 47 57 - -
8 Gallup High School 201 25 32 43 48 53 - -
9 Sue Cleveland High School 222 24 27 42 63 66 - -
10 Miyamura High School 280 44 46 56 64 70 - -
11 Cibola High School 296 39 49 65 68 75 - -
12 Sandia High School 353 50 52 81 83 87 - -
13 Albuquerque High School 365 51 62 71 88 93 - -
14 Manzano High School 385 22 67 95 100 101 - -
15 Grants High School 464 72 91 96 102 103 - -
16 Moriarty High School 517 79 99 105 115 119 - -
17 Laguna-Acoma High School 538 98 106 108 112 114 - -
18 Highland High School 572 97 116 117 118 124 - -
-- Sandia Prep High School NTS
-- Pecos High School NTS

Granted courses vary, and time is just a number. The great thing is, Race Day is here and all will be settled shortly. Happy racing!

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