New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown: #24 St.Pius


New Mexico Cross Country Countdown Series

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 weigh 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 the past season of performances. All top returning runners are only projections and may include athletes no longer on the team due to transfer or out-of-state relocation.


#24 St. Pius X Sartans

If this all seems familiar it should. St. Pius finds itself once again in the #24 spot, the exact same spot they were in heading into the 2021 season. You can check out that ranking from 2021 to see just how well they have progressed since then. Brian Kalb and Samuel Buershen return, now seniors as the leading boys for this St. Pius team that has still been looking for their breakout success. They are poised as one of the most veteran squads in the state as they have four seniors that return from the 2021 state team including Jeffrey Peterson (75th in 2021) and Andrew Garcia (95th in 2021). In years past the Sartans have proven to be a tightly packed group when it comes to their 1st and 5th runner splits that ensure they come through the finish line almost single file one after another. If they can find a way to emerge from those 90th place finishes into somewhere in the 40th to 50th place range they can emerge as a podium team this season. They look strong in defending a District 5-4A title, as for taking on the rest of 4A powerhouses they will be in for an upward battle as the top of classification return strong numbers as well. 

4A Boys

2021 State finish: 13th 

State titles: 0

Individual State Champions: 0

2022 St. Pius Rankings

New Mexico Ranking24th
4A Ranking 7th
District 5-4A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Brian Kalb

Sr17:5837th (2021)

Samuel Buershen

Sr18:2837th (2020)

Jeffrey Peterson

Sr18:4175th (2021)

Andrew Garcia

Sr19:3595th (2021)

Joshua Robbins

So20:0196th (2021)

Justin Martindale

So20:0297th (2021)

Velente Marquez

S020:48112th (2021)


Watch the 2021 4A State Championship Race