Top Ten XC Boys Teams Returning: #7 Rio Rancho Rams

A series counting down the top ten returning boys and girls cross country teams from around the state of New Mexico in 2019.


Rio Rancho Rams 

5A Boys 

2018 finish: 4th 134 points

State titles: 2 (13',14')

Top Returning runners

Dawson Gunn - State 2018: 47th SO PR: 17:05

Gabriel Gonzales - State 2018:98th JR PR: 17:08

Michael Marcelli - State 2017: 76th SR PR: 17:20

Johnny Jarvis - Metro 2018: 4th SR PR: 17:22

Cebastian Marquez - Metro 2018: JR PR: 17:48


Rio Rancho Preview 

The Rams lose their top three finishers from 2018 but remain competitive with tightly packed unit ready to step up. It also doesn't hurt the Rams to host the State Championship venue every year. An unexpected state performance by Clovis and Albuquerque High led to Rio Rancho taking home 4th place. Leading the way for Rio Rancho is Dawson Gunn who finished his freshman cross country season strong last year finishing Nike Cross Southwest regional in 31st place. The Rams have championship pedigree, they are only five years removed from back-to-back State titles in 5A. Despite losing quite a few seniors, a plethora of quality runners Rio Rancho has on any given year is enough to put them in 5A title contention. 

2018 Rio Rancho Rams State Championship Results

M 5000m8Cody Smith1216:41.308
M 5000m10Daniel Beam1216:43.4510
M 5000m14Chase Hawkins1217:03.6014
M 5000m47Dawson Gunn917:51.0544
M 5000m64Lucas Strain1218:09.6058
M 5000m78Xavier Almodovar18:24.0572
M 5000m98Gabriel Gonzales1018:56.5589

2018 New Mexico State Cross Country Championships Results