New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown: #2 Volcano Vista

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.

#2 Volcano Vista Hawks

 Volcano Vista has its best chance at taking home its first 5A State title in program history this fall. How a fifth-place team from only this spring becoming the favorite to win it all seems like a huge stretch. Especially when the Hawks reside in the toughest district being 1-5A and that district includes the four-time defending state champions Sue Cleveland. So why is Volcano Vista getting all the praise to enter this fall, well how about starting off with the fact of who returns for the Hawks. Stoney Cutchen is the top returner from this spring with a 27th place performance while Jude Lucero (29th), Lucas Kedge (30th) and Dallan Reed (31st) round out the returning squad. Now we believe that Aiden Davis is set to return to cross country team after missing out in the spring, he still is the highest finisher for the Hawks at 6th place back in 2019 and boasts a 16:11 personal best. Now looking at this potential scoring five is enough to put them up into state title contention but take a moment and think about the fact that they had the potential of having an All-State runner in Tyler Nord  (5th in 2019) who has since moved out of state. The Hawks could play spoilers to the Cleveland Storm in November if they are running to their best ability.

5A Boys

2020 State Finish: 5th

State Titles: 0

Individual State Champions: 0

2021 Volcano Vista Rankings

New Mexico Ranking2nd
5A Ranking1st
District 1-5A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Aiden Davis

Sr16:116th (2019)

Stoney Cutchen


Jude Lucero


Lucas Kedge


Dallan Reed