New Mexico Girls Cross Country Countdown: #4 ABQ Academy

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.

#4 ABQ Academy Chargers

4A state runner-ups will get another go at a victory over their rivals on their home course this November. Academy did everything they could last spring but the talent of Los Alamos proved too great. Senior Emma Patton is coming off a 2nd place performance and will once again lead the Chargers to more hardware this season. Sarah Perez (7th) returns as the other All-State performer on this Academy team while Addie Siembieda (22nd) will round out the 2020 team. They might add Natalie McClure and Abby Czuchlewski to the varsity ranks as they seek to reload talent. Also returning from the 2019 varsity roster includes Katie Patton who finished 4th at the state meet. They lean more to a competition against St. Pius at the moment who will not be settling for another 3rd place trophy. Between them and even Aztec making up ground, the Chargers will be in for a challenge just to try and stay on the podium this fall. 

4A Girls

2020 State Finish: 2nd

State Titles: 1993, 2005, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018

Individual State Champions: Julie Foster (2006, 2009, 2010) Clara Milne (2008) Carly Wall (2016) Zoe Hunter (2018)

2021 ABQ Academy Rankings

New Mexico Ranking4th
4A Ranking2nd
District 6-4A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Emma Patton


Sarah Perez


Addie Siembieda


Natalie McClure


Abby Czuchlewski


NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish
Emma PattonSr18:502nd
Sarah PerezSr20:137th
Addie SiembiedaJr21:4422nd
Natalie McClureJr21:49N/A

Katie Patton

Jr18:564th (2019)