New Mexico Girls Cross Country Countdown: #25 ATC

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.

Despite another year of departures for ATC including the 2021 individual A/2A state champion, Josette Gurule, it would be insane to leave them off this list entirely as they have been one of the most competitive programs in the state of New Mexico in recent years. They dip in the rankings as we had them land #14 on our 2021 New Mexico Cross Country Countdown. They would be 4-time state champs If it wasn't for a surprise performance by Penasco last season that along with Gateway Christian took the podium spots down to the wire with only four points separating the champs from 3rd place. It was a type of race that brought the entire stadium into a frenzy as the live results were coming through constantly shifting the three teams up and down along the scoreboard. Now the returning state runner-ups look for another exciting finish that sees them on top of class A/2A as they return four from that state championship squad. Lily Rittmeyer now leads the way for ATC boasting the best 5k time by well of two minutes and the best finish of 3rd in that 2019 state race.  In 2021 it was Rittmeyer, Arycela Guillen, Charli Koseoglu, and Adrianna Guillen finishing 24th through 27th in what can only be called the best team running of any other squad last year. The key this season will be perhaps getting that pack from mid 20's to top 15 performances to ensure that the blue state trophy returns home with them to Santa Fe. 

A/2A Girls

2021 State Finish: 2nd

State Titles: 2015, 2019, 2020

Individual State Champions:  Alizabeth Williams (2015) Maggie Rittmeyer (2019) Josette Gurule (2021)

Last Cross Country Countdown Ranking: #14 (2021)

2022 ATC Rankings

New Mexico Ranking#25
A/2A Ranking2nd
District 2 - A/2A Ranking1st

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Lily Rittmeyer


Arycela Guillen


Charli Koseoglu


Adrianna Guillen


Lucy Standridge


Emma St Peter


Avah Trujillo

So 28:29N/A

Watch the 2021 A/2A State Championship Race