New Mexico Girls Cross Country Countdown: #17 Taos

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.

#17 Taos Tigers

Returning every girl from the 2021 state team should work out well for #17 Taos as they head into this fall. Last season saw a plethora of new faces to the Tigers varsity ranks including freshmen Aaliyah Padilla who led her team to an 8th place finish as she came through the finish line in 49th overall. Other returning runners from the state meet include Zoe Torres (56th in 2021), Elaina Cisneros (58th in 2021), Marielle Gomez (55th in 2021), Madison Rowlison-Elliot (68th in 2021), Breanna Taylor (61st in 2021), and Jacqueline Limas (87th in 2021).  Marielle Gomez is the lone senior on the projected varsity seven bringing in a ton of experience competing in big races. This Tiger squad is one that can surely be in the mix for a podium spot if the summer training has treated them well. If progression can benefit this young team over the next couple of years they may be in line to compete with the other powerhouses of 4A.

Check out 4A Rankings

4A Boys Rankings I 4A Girls Rankings

4A Girls

2021 State Finish: 8th

State Titles: 1989,1990, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Individual State Titles: Alicia Torres (2001), Cora Cannedy (2014), Ella Katz (2017)

2022 Taos Rankings

New Mexico Ranking #17
A/2A Ranking#6
District 2-4A Ranking#2

Top Returning Runners

NameGradePersonal Best (5K)Best State Finish

Aaliyah Padilla

Fr22:0849th (2021)

Zoe Torres

So22:3556th (2021)

Elaina Cisneros

Fr22:4058th (2021)

Marielle Gomez

Sr21:0431rd (2019)

Madison Rowlison-Elliot

So22:5868th (2021)

Breanna Taylor

So23:0951st (2020)

Jacqueline Limas

So23:2087th (2021)

Watch the 2021 4A State Championship Race