3A: Cottonwood Classical surprises, Zuni Boys win again

Cottonwood Classical overcomes Zuni and Laguna Acoma in 3A

Cottonwood Classical was a district champion and a team to watch but the ability to rally a convincing win over some powerhouses in Zuni and Laguna Acoma is quite a feat. A trio of Sophia Lopez, Aubrey Lozoya and Liza Cardinale with all-state finishes powered them to victory. I think the underestimated value of Cottonwood Classical's runners 4-7 ability to pack together allowed for upsets of schools with a multitude of championships in their history. Zuni took home runner-up honors while Laguna Acoma finished in 3rd place to round out the podium.

Individually, Wingate's Jewels Leslie led from start to finish with about a 20 meter lead for the majority of the race finishing with a 19:34. Laguna Acoma's Sidney Cheromiah along with Leslie was the only girl to break 20:00 in class 1/2A on her way to runner-up finish to go along with her 3rd place team. 

All-state finishers

Jewels Leslie 

Sidney Cheromiah

Alexandria Bewanika

Marissa Case

Sophia Lopez

Maya Luu

Aubrey Lozoya 

Aubree Francis

Liza Cardinale

Kendra Emery

Zuni dominates 3A on way to yet another state title 

There was not a more dominating performance than that of Zuni's in the boys 3A Championship. The Thunderbird's would land six runners in the top 10 en route to a 23 point victory. Led by individual state champion Deshawn Goodwin who let out a phenomenal roar crossing the finish line. Santa Fe Indian School finished in 2nd while Laguna Acoma rounded out the podium in 3rd.

All-state finishers

Deshawn Goodwin

Justin Howey

Chris Humetewa 

Kameron Eustace

Jarek Chimoni-Zunie

Jacy Edaakie

Dominic Yuselew

Jared Baca

Melvin Scott

Breydon Othole