New Mexico Boys XC Countdown: #6 Cottonwood Classical

The New Mexico Cross Country Countdown breaks down the top 25 New Mexico boys and girls teams returning this fall. These rankings will include projected top runners and weighing how each team may do in their respective districts and state competitions. Changes to class alignments and adaptions to the state championship format have been taken into consideration. These rankings are based on past two seasons of performances and do not include teams that did not compete last year due to a lack of athletes and team information. All top returning runners are only projections and may include athletes no longer on the team due to transfer or out-of-state relocation.

#6 Cottonwood Classical Prep 

Even with the graduation of Justin Howey the defending 3A Champions, Cottonwood Classical Prep brings back enough All-State runners to repeat. Yes, Howey was a valuable part of their success last season but teammates like Zachary Jeantete (4th) are ready to take as the new #1. Also expected to return are Carter Swanson (6th), Alex Bergevin (9th), and Bohde Havenor (25th). That's very much a championship-caliber squad before the addition to their scoring five. They will however need another solid new 5th man to keep other teams like Tohatchi and New Mexico Military Institute from preventing back-to-back 3A titles. Of course to do that they would have to land as many athletes as Cottonwood Classical within the top ten to even have a chance at closing the gap between 1st and 2nd place.

3A Boys

2020 State Finish: 1st

State Titles: 2020

Individual State Champions: Justin Howey (2020)

2021 Cottonwood Classical Prep Rankings

New Mexico Ranking6th
3A Ranking1st
District 5-3A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Zachary Jeantete


Carter Swanson


Alex Bergevin


Bohde Havenor