New Mexico Boys XC Countdown: #19 Atrisco Heritage

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.

#19 Atrisco Heritage Jaguars

Although it may seem like a school in Atrisco Heritage's predicament is always battling an upward stream residing in district 1-5A without a doubt the most challenging district in New Mexico. Yet diving deeper into the #19 ranked Jaguar squad you'll see they have come a long way and are looking to field one of their most competitive teams in recent years. Cameron Shorty leads this team coming off a 27th place finish in 2021 and on the cusp of breaking the 17:00 barrier as well. The Rest of the projected scoring five will include returners Jonathan Garcia (89th in 2021), Anastacio Martinez (53rd in 2021), Geeovanny Sotelo, and Ivan Villalba. Making it to the state meet is no easy task when the other schools toeing the line at the district meet include Rio Rancho, Cleveland, Volcano Vista, and Cibola. That would be the last ten years of the 5A state meet (2012-2021), eight of them have been won by a team now residing in that district. As other schools depart a handful of varsity runners Atrisco Heritage may be able to seize the gap in turnover and make a rare team appearance at the state championships this season. To make it to the big meet would quantify that the Jaguars certainly have podium potential. Keep an early eye on this team often counted out as they may have the experience and resilience to make a splash in 2022.

5A Boys

2021 State Finish: None

State Titles: None

Individual State Titles: None

2022 Atrisco Heritage Rankings

New Mexico Ranking #19
5A Ranking#11
District 1-5A Ranking#4

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Cameron Shorty

Sr17:1027th (2021)

Jonathan Garcia

Jr18:2189th (2021)

Anastacio Martinez

Jr18:2653rd (2021)

Geeovanny Sotelo


Ivan Villalba


Christopher Armijo


Aaron Castillo


Watch the 2021 5A State Championship Race