New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown: #5 Hope Christian

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.

#5 Hope Christian Huskies

Hope Christian will look to retain some of the magic from their 2020 4A State Championship win despite losing three seniors. The Huskies shocked at the 4A state meet by not only winning but dominating by going 1-3 with Rendon Kuykendall leading them to their first title in program history. Kuykendall returns still only a junior but gone are Eric Scharton (2nd) Cade Martin (3rd) and Evan Stewart (12th). While losing that many runners from a championship would usually be enough to count the Huskies out from making the podium the following year they do possess some young talent and some runners that likely will be making a return to the course after sitting out in the spring. Freshmen Brady McGahie is the only other returner as he finished 24th at the state meet. Jude Kuykendall can be sure to be an asset to Hope as the younger brother of the state champ and boasting a 17:08 personal best to enter the season. From there we can only hope that program regulars like hurdler Kidus Tekle will return to help out as he was 89th at the state meet in 2019. They may not be the same force they were earlier this year but they will still be out trophy hunting in November.

4A Boys

2020 State Finish: 1st 

State Titles: 2020

Individual State Champions: Rendon Kuykendall (2020)

2021 Hope Christian Rankings

New Mexico Ranking5th
4A Ranking3rd
District 6-4A Ranking2nd

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Rendon Kuykendall


Jude Kuykendall


Brady McGahie


Kidus Tekle (Proj)

Jr18:1489th (2019)