New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown: #20 Carlsbad


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.


#20 Carlsbad Cavemen

Coming in at #20 on our New Mexico Boys Cross Country Countdown are the Carlsbad Cavemen. Carlsbad comes into this season quite similar to their district rivals in Clovis. They like Clovis return a majority of underclassmen from their state team, as well as both, landed at the bottom of the 5A state standings as Carlsbad finished dead last while Clovis was just a couple of spots ahead in 13th place. The Cavemen will rely on runners like Liam Nelson (102nd in 2021) and Issac Williamson (107th in 2021) who return are top returners for this squad. If they want a chance at claiming the District 3-5A title and more importantly see themselves rise from the bottom of state teams among 5A they will need to get that scoring pack to improve well beyond the up 80th,90th, and 100 place finishers. Also returning with some state experience include Luke Peters (106th in 2021) and Sawyer Johnson (111th in 2021) that will be crucial to Carlsbad's success in 2022. Emerging as one of the promising young squads in the state of New Mexico the Cavemen may be a team to beat in the coming years if they can stick together and improve as the seasons go by. 

5A Boys

2021 State Finish: 15th

State Titles: None

Individual State Titles: Ricardo Hernandez (2001)

2022 Carlsbad Rankings

New Mexico Ranking #20
5A Ranking#11
District 3-5A Ranking#1

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Issac Williamson

So18:22107th (2021)

Liam Nelson

Fr18:33102nd (2021)

Luke Peters

Jr18:45106th (2021)

Sawyer Johnson

So18:50111th (2021)

Clifford Fell

So21:41N/A

Cougar Keeler

So23:42N/A

Watch the 2021 5A State Championship Race