It took an entire team's worth of inspired performances to topple Eldorado, but Abigail Napier's run was critical to La Cueva's success nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Donevan Gravelle made certain the Taos scoring got off to a great start, and his teammates cleaned up nicely in his wake. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For the first time all season, Nica Vasquez was the face of the front for Los Alamos cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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With only a quarter-mile to go, William Charles steels himself to withstand the closing charges of Garrison Eddie and Jacob Subratie. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nearing the midway point of the 5A boys race, there was a surprising leader setting the pace. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Addison Rauch and her East Mountain teammates completed the goal that got away from them last year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mike Walker may have made the most important single move in all ten state meet races when he caught and passed Albuquerque Academy's Kevin Wyss at the finish line. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tiger spottings were a frequent thing at the front of the 3A girls field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When Alex Eustace and his Zuni teammates break a sweat, everyone gets to feel the heat. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Dayna Guerro would push Taylor Bacon over the first mile, but Bacon had withered the challenge by the second pass of the football stadium. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mackenzie Everett bided her time early, then dominated late, leading La Cueva with a 19:16 finish. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tre' Riley, at right, was young last year and finished 25th in the state meet. Look for a much bigger contribution from him this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eldorado's Adam Monroe and Rio Rancho's Devin Paredes battled most of the way through the Metro Championships in October. How this pairing comes out on Saturday could have a signficant bearing on the overall team standings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rachel Fleddermann will be looking to outrun the crowds again at this year's state meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cameren Kristensen and Julie Giannini have seen a lot of each other this season, but there's one more round of it coming. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Last year, Dayna Guerro went out hard before succumbing to Valene Madalena's withering pace. This year, Guerro appears to be better prepared for whatever ordeal Madalena might throw her way. Photo by Alan Versaw.