Jordan Spencer figures on any short list of seniors who would have had a big impact at this year's 5A state meet.
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Check out the New Mexico 5A Girls State Track and Field records.
New Mexico Boys 5A State Records
Results from our 2-Minute Challenge. Teams from Marana High, Glendale Prep, Rio Rancho and Northwest Christian Participated.
Virtual Mile Results from the past week.
Josh Davis of Farmington may be emerging as the face of the future of NM hurdling.
Jerrick Maldonado sent a message with a going-away win in the Great Southwest Indoor 800.
2019 New Mexico State Cross Country Championships series.
Preview of the Albuquerque Metro Cross Country Championships.
Check out the action on hand this weekend.
Take a look at the #5 girls cross country team returning this fall.
Take a look at the #6 boys cross country team returning this fall.
Take a look at the # 7 boys cross country team returning this fall.
Take a look at athletes that have achieved the 5A state qualifying standards.
Today we preview the 2019 Richard Harper Invitational.
Current JV boys XC team scores rankings in all 50 states and the team at the top of each state's leaderboard as of October 17th.
Two meets shaped the news in Southwest region cross country this past week.
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
Monarch High School out of Colorado used a strong early presence up front to help pick up a big win at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational.
Personal bubbles are routinely burst on the Liberty Bell start line. Swapping sweat is the norm. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
"Cross country race coming through. Clear the path or I'll pierce your eardrums with this here whistle!"
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
Check out the top returning girls 4x800 meter relays in the state of New Mexico based on the PR's of the top 4 returning legs.
Broomfield's girls claimed the Colorado 5A title and Colorado power merge. Davis, American Fork, and Desert Vista loom next ahead of the Eagles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Check out the latest girls XC team score rankings in the state of New Mexico as of October 25th in the MileSplit database.
Broomfield's girls packed it up, ran relaxed, and still came away with the Front Range League title in Colorado. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Daniel Marquez and his Gila Ridge teammates came back from Desert Twilight with a win at the Ken Denson Invitational this past weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the top 500 girls cross country times in the state of New Mexico as of October 10th in the MileSplit database.
The Desert Vista girls stuck together nicely early at Desert Twilight and ended up as decisive team champions. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Highland's girls took a big win, and an even bigger trophy, out of this weekend's Doug Conley meet. Photo by Irving Girabaldi.
Meet preview for the Albuquerque Academy Invitational on Friday.
Reina Paredes led Rio Rancho's girls to a second-place finish at the St. Vrain Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Rio Rancho girls came to Lyons with a very patient race plan, one which the executed superbly. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The battling at the front was at fever pitch between 5A giants Mountain Vista and Monarch, plus 4A powerhouse Palmer Ridge. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Isaac Roberts sets out on a journey to join, and even enhance, the legacy of older brothers Andrew and Paul at Saturday's running of the St. Vrain Invitational. Photos by Alan Versaw.
While we've been waiting to see the real Mountain Vista team, Monarch gave some proof they will be heard from this season. Here, Charlie Perry forms the middle of a 2-3-4 finish for Monarch at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the below list of the top returning girls cross country squads in the state of New Mexico based on XC team scoring 5K times of top 7 returnees from the 2015 season.
Check out the list of the top returning boys cross country squads in the state of New Mexico based on XC team scoring 5K times of top 7 returnees from the 2015 season.
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
MileSplit previews the top returning girls teams for the meet.
Amanda Mayoral advanced as an individual to Nike Cross Nationals last fall, though the Cleveland team was not quite as successful as their front runner. We are still looking for the first NXN girls team qualifier out of New Mexico. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Talia Dreicer led a Los Alamos charge at the New Mexico state meet that suggested the Hilltoppers have a glimmer of hope of advancing on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If anyone was hoping Alamosa might let up a little now that they'd won a state title, Isaiah DeLaCerda put those hopes to rest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Raichart and Battle Mountain made their case as the top small-school girls team in the region at Colorado's state meet on Saturday. But, they just might end up in the overall championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's girls used a powerful presence toward the front of the race to dominate Colorado's Front Range League meet last week. Contributed photo.
Can the tandem of Elizabeth Reyes and Cora Cannedy keep Taos in the Girls Championship Race title hunt? File photo by Alan Versaw.
The American Fork girls celebrate a regional title and take aim at state next week. Contributed photo.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Two Mountain Vista teams are all smiles after finishing sixth and fourth at the Woodbridge Sweepstakes race. Photo shamelessly pilfered off of Vista Nation XC Twitter feed.
Ryan Sandoval leads a very good Pecos (NM) team that's been coming in for a lot of small-school attention in the Southwest region. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rio Rancho boasts a strong front four, including freshman Reina Paredes. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Aric Kedge is a mainstay in a deep Albuquerque Academy roster that figures to be about due for a breakout year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Onate's Yemisi Oroyinyin was a double titlist in the Girls 6A Throwing events. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The Volcano Vista Relay teams were nearly unstoppable in Boys 6A at the 4A-6A Track and Field State Championships. Photo by Blake Wood.
Cleveland's Larimar Rodriguez is a big reason why the Storm are Class 6A favorites at this weekend's 4A-6A Track and Field State Championships. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
Eldorado's Lauren Martinez set a new Meet Record at the 2015 APS Metro Championships. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
Santa Fe's Akeisha Ayanniyi (right) will be part of the quality fields at the Richard Harper Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal rolled to another fast time at the Clovis Wildcat Relays. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Santa Fe's Akeisha Ayanniyi (center) had a record setting day at the Marilyn Sepulveda Classic. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Aztec's Sarah Root competed in three events in Monday's Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Rio Rancho's strong relay teams are one of the reasons why the Ram have positioned themselves as front runners at Mid-season. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Albuquerque Academy's Jordan Lesansee won the 3200m at the Rio Rancho Invitational. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Atrisco Heritage Academy's Gilbert Ramirez set a new Boys Meet Record in the 800m at Saturday's Cleveland Invite. Photo by Blake Wood.
Onate's AJ Zemek (center) races past Rio Rancho's Josh Pyeatt in the 800m at the Santa Teresa Invite. Photo by Kelly Salas.
The 6A Team battle could potentially see a familiar trio and a new winner. Cover Art by Sampson Sage.
The Boys Championship Race at the Rio Rancho Jamboree saw much of New Mexico top distance talent in one race. Photo by Blake Wood.
The lead pack at the Rio Rancho Jamboree was comprised of much of New Mexico's top talent. Photo by Blake Wood.
Miyamura's Niles Thomas was the highest placing New Mexican in the Boys Championship Race. Photo by Blake Wood.
The Los Alamos Boys were the top team in the Merged State Results and look to led New Mexico's contingent at NXN-SW. Photo by Holly Patterson.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal and Mason Swanson led their Bear teammates to a Championship repeat. Photo by Holly Patterson.
Cora Cannedy and her Taos teammates set of very high standard for small school girls cross country at the New Mexico state meet on Saturday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The Rio Rancho Rams were hard pressed by the Hobbs Eagles during the 6A Boys Championship. Photo by Holly Patterson.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal looks to finish the 2014 New Mexico Cross Country season with a couple State Titles. Photo by Blake Wood.
Miyamura's Niles Thomas separated himself early on his was to the District 1-5A individual title. Photo by Holly Patterson.
The District 1-5A girls team battle will be tight as Aztec, Gallup, Miyamura, and Piedra Vista all have aspirations of competing next weekend. Photo by Sampson Sage.
With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.
The potpourri of jerseys at the Los Alamos Invite is a reminder that the Cross Country season is coming to a close. Photo by Blake Wood.
The Palmer Ridge boys, fresh off of running what was arguably the best boys race of the Colorado state meet, relax with a little trophy time. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Familiar San Juan County foes will square off Friday afternoon at the Kirtland Invitational. Photo by Sampson Sage.
The lead pack of the Girls Championship Race is a "Who's Who" of New Mexico XC. Photo by Blake Wood.
It could very easily be that the Rio Rancho girls end up as the youngest team on the NXR-SW starting line, but it would be a mistake to underestimate them on account of that. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Miyamura's Niles Thomas leads the Boys Championship race in its early stages. Photo by Blake Wood.
Los Alamos, Santa Teresa, and Roswell will all be running in the girls Championship race at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Onate Knights will be one of 32 teams to take the starting line in the Championship Race at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Alan Versaw.
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
Let's review the XC action from this past weekend's meets. Cover art by Sampson Sage.
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal returned to the Albuquerque Academy XC Course and notched another impressive victory. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Familiar Metro foes Albuquerque Academy, La Cueva, St. Pius X, and Sandia will face-off in Saturday's Metro Championships. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
It appears almost everyone in Arizona was at the Desert Twilight XC Festival
Cibola's Chris Harlow scored a nice victory last friday at the Highland Invitational. Photo courtesy Alan Versaw.
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers will be toeing the line at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande, Arizona Friday Evening. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot has shifted in the past month.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Tyler Day and Marcus Wheeler (Corona del Sol) enjoy some shoulder-to-shoulder running at the front of Saturday's Ojo Rojo Invititation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Rio Rancho's Devin Paredes racing at the UNM Lobo Invite, won Saturday's Cleveland XC Invite. Photo courtesy of Alan Versaw.
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Looping through the starting line, Miyamura's Nile Thomas and Albuquerque Academy's Jordan Lesansee lead the Varsity Boys Race early during the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo courtesay of Alan Versaw.
One of the showdowns to look forward to on Saturday is a first match-up between an even-more-loaded-than-last-year Rio Rancho team and the defending state champions from La Cueva who return with most of last year's roster intact. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Matthew Sepulveda figures as one of the leaders-by-committee of what could be a very good Hobbs team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
La Cueva has a roster long on girls who quietly get things done. Noelle Hendrickson is one of the faces in that crowd. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If you liked the Matt Jackson/Nathan Munoz hurdle show this year, you can come back for more next year. Photo by Will Stanopiewicz.
It's largely on account of throws that St. Michael's is in the 3A boys title hunt. Photo by Blake Wood.
Marcos Serna continues to have a very nice start to his season. On Saturday, he picked up two big-time victories in Belen. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
It's not hard to find Sal Gonzales at a meet--just go where the action is. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Molly Klein snared most of the Rio Rancho headlines, but much of how Rio Rancho does next year will be determined by those around her, like freshman-to-be Sierra Delaware. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carisma Lovato logged New Mexico's top girls finish with an 18:38. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Michael Goke is one of a long list of returning Rio Rancho Rams that figures to make life difficult for the rest of New Mexico's 6A teams. Photo by Alan Versaw.
New Mexico has a solid tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the boys to date.
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.
Nearing the midway point of the 5A boys race, there was a surprising leader setting the pace. 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.
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.
Colin Hemez led his Los Alamos team to a tellling sweep of their district contests. Photo by Blake Wood.
Amanda Mercer of Los Alamos put away the District 2 - 4A individual title. Photo by Blake Wood.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Jereme Santistevan stayed just out of reach of the chase pack the entire race to win the Jamboree Championship title. Photo by Blake Wood.
Rounding the soccer fields, Kelli Reagan had already established the lead she would never relinquish. Photo by Blake Wood.
A collection of my favorite images from the 2013 Albuquerque Metro Championships.
If you are looking for the eventual winners of the Albuquerque Metro Championships, they are currently mired in the middle of the pack. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eldorado seemed intent on proving a point, with Jessie Hix and the sisters Amberg going straight to the front of Saturday's girls varsity race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
This week, we take a look at New Mexico's crop of freshman boys for the 2014 season. As was the case with the girls, there's a chance we're missing a few here due to unknown years of graduation, but we're hoping we at least have the vast majority of them listed here:
One of the bigger pieces of news out of Colorado this weekend was the return to action of Bailey Roth, immediately enhancing Coronado's status as a player. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The girls varsity race gets underway at the Rob Winter Classic and Las Cruces. Photo by Lola Cunico.
Cleveland's Jared Mayoral brings the top time into Saturday's Metro Championships, but that may only serve to make him more of a marked man. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Six years ago the Desert Twilight Invitational started with 5 races and 886 runners. With the Twilight Movie theme and a love for running at night the meet became an instant hit and the word spread quickly. The sixth annual Desert Twilight Invitational had over 4,000 runners crossing the finish line with teams from Coast to Coast attending. The cool night air and the fast course of Toka Sticks gave way to some outstanding times and competition.
The festive atmosphere of the Desert Twilight Invitational has become a meet favorite of most runners in Arizona. Not only do they get to dance after their races but they also get to sleep in on Saturday morning instead of getting up early to beat the heat for a long run.
Albuquerque Academy's meandering on-campus course was the site of the top action in New Mexico this past weekend. Photo by Blake Wood.
A little scenery comes with the cross country at the Centennial Hawks XC Challenge. Contributed photo
Pine Creek's Sered sisters keep a steady pace at the Coronado Cougar Classic, while ThunderRidge keeps a presence only a few strides behind. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Molly Klein has been an exciting new addition for a very good Rio Rancho team already this fall. Photo contributed by Kelly Klein.
Amerhyst Aguirre took on a challenging course at the Cobre Invitational and came out a winner. Photo by Lola Cunico.
The Cleveland Invite is only in its second edition, but the competition was once again fast and furious. This year, the larger Albuquerque stalwarts converged on Coach Kenny Henry's flat and fast course to provide an early season showdown of Personal Best performances.
Every so often, the NM coaches get together (electronically speaking) and vote for the top five teams in New Mexico, dubbing the results "Super Cinco."
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If La Cueva is to chase down defending state champion Eldorado, Elizabeth Weeks will be a big part of that picture. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With Jenna Thurman graduated, there may not be anybody left who can go to the wire with Jessie Hix. Photo by Blake Wood.
Caleb Eppes figures to become the lead guy for the Rio Rancho Rams this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Rio Rancho's Nicole Pendley returns to defend her state javelin throw title. Photo by Blake Wood.
It's still a week before Marilyn Sepulveda, but 5A boys is taking some serious shape.
Highland's Anthony King went 12-0 to win the Milne Stadium version of the Buddy Robertson meet. Photo by Blake Wood.
Sean Reardon, Marcos Serna, Preston Charlie, Aric Kedge and Daniel Romero keep things close at the front of the boys 3200. Photo by Lisa Brunacini.
Brett Fenton and Taylor Potter figure to have a lot more impact in the outcome of next fall's state team title than they had this fall. Photos by Alan Versaw.
The roster of teams has been released for NXR-SW!
Rachel Fleddermann stakes out an early lead (one that she would not relinquish) in her district race last weekend. Photo by Tim Host.
Every state but New Mexico is now done and in the books, and nobody made a bigger statement this past weekend than the Rio Rico boys. Photo by Margot Kelly.
The race gets underway at Valencia. Photo by Carvella Lueras.
The St. Michael's boys enjoy a little camera time before their race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In what qualifies as a bit of a novelty for cross country runners in New Mexico, competitors actually had to deal with some water at a couple of meets last fall. Contributed photo.
All of New Mexico is familiar with the talent of Luis Martinez, but it's the contributions of lesser-known guys like Aaron Flores that make the Storm such a dominant team. Photo by Alan Versaw
Malia Gonzales has already led Cleveland to one state title. She'll try to make it two in her senior season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
Cheyenne Mountain's boys executed a near-perfect patient pack strategy to dominate the Colorado 4A boys state championship. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Galena's Bryan Jordan opened up his season with a nice win at the Jim Vanden Heuvel Twilight Classic. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Neil Longenbaugh leads the charge for this year's version of the Red Army. Photo contributed by Gary Murray.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
The Scourge of Utah - the American Fork boys. Contributed Photo.
Kyle Pittman of Los Alamos ranks as one of the top male runners from the Land of Enchantment. Photo contributed by Kathy Hipwood.
In this weekly feature, we'll put a finger to the wind to see who's showing what in the race for NXN SW berths. Photo from NXN SW 2008 by Alan Versaw.