New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown: #3 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.

#3 ABQ Academy Chargers

Chargers reload their arsenal for more hardware to the trophy case with Senior Joaquin Deprez coming off the 7th performance.  William Weinstein is the only other returner from the 2020 team that captured a 3rd place trophy on their home course. The home-field advantage perhaps not playing as big of a role as people might have expected last season but an entire off-season and regular season to get accumulated to the course still may benefit the Chargers.  We have been informed that Owen Dudley will not be returning as well as Andrew Tafoya. Other upperclassmen that could be stepping up to the call include Hayden Prescott and Nate Klein. They should see themselves ahead of the defending champs Hope Christian as graduations take a toll but they too have taken a step back with the departure of Justin Hickey (4th) Jesse Sanchez (16th) and Brian Armijo (11th). We will find out early on if Academy once again finds the depth to challenge the Hilltoppers.

4A Boys

2020 State Finish: 3rd

State Titles: 1995, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2010, 2015 - 2017

Individual State Champions: Matt Twiest (1995) John Bunting (2001) Alan Weeth (2002) Andres Urbina (2003) Mitch Bible (2004) Ben Johnson (2006, 2007) Neil Longenbaugh (2010) Jordan Lesansee (2016) Julian Garcia (2019)

2021 ABQ Academy Rankings

New Mexico Ranking3rd
4A Ranking2nd
District 6-4A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Joaquin Deprez


William Weinstein


Hayden Prescott


Nate Klein