NMAA State Cross Country Championship Preview: 3A Girls

Sophia Lopez Cottonwood Classical (photo by Jaren Brooks)

DATE - March 26 - 27, 2021

Boys: A/2A Rankings I 3A Rankings I 4A Rankings I 5A Rankings

Meet Previews 

Boys: A/2A I 3A I 4A I 5A

Girls: A/2A I 3A I 4A I 5A 

Cottonwood Classical looking for perfect score

If there was a team that is looking to challenge Cottonwood Classical for the 3A title we haven't seen them yet. The defending champions led by top returner Sophia Lopez (5th) return just about every girl that scored including Aubrey Lozoya(7th), Liza Cardinale(9th), and Ellie Merhege(17th). This squad was a challenge in 2019 but with the addition of Taos' Alyx Mastor the 4A girls 3rd place finisher, they are one of the most complete teams heading into state. The absence of schools like Laguna Acoma, Wingate, Santa Fe Indian, Robertson, and Zuni will be felt as other teams look to fill in the gap. Crownpoint comes to mind as a team that could be competitive for a podium finish as well as Bosque School and Tohatchi

Alyx Mastor (photo by Jaren Brooks)


A state contender at 4A ranks making the step down to 3A, Alyx Mastor is certainly a key figure to watch out for right alongside her new teammates, Sophia Lopez, Liza Cardinale, and Ellie Merhege.  Without a huge list of runners from schools that have opted out outside of Cottonwood Classical, it will be up to runners like Tyra Tsosie and Bosque's Ella Adams to make it competitive. Adams does have the advantage of having run the state championship course only two weeks prior.

3A State Qualifiers

Teams Individual Qualifiers


Adrianna Casaus Cuba

Cottonwood Classical

Kaylee Joe Newcomb


Aurora Holling Raton

Hot Springs

Emily Devany Sandia Prep

NMMISarah Stuecker Sandia Prep
St.Michael'sMaddie Bennett Socorro


Sky Sessions Socorro
Rolanda Chacho Thoreau
Larrann Delgarito Thoreau
Kylie Ann Rincones Tucumcari


March 26th11:30 a.m.3A Boys
March 26thNoon3A Girls
March 26th2 p.m.4A Boys
March 26th2:30 p.m.4A Girls
March 26th4:30 p.m.A-2A Boys
March 26th5 p.m.A-2A Girls
March 27thNoon5A Boys
March 27th12:30 p.m.5A Girls

Awards will be awarded immediately after each race.