JEMEZ – The Laguna-Acoma Hawks boys’ cross-country team came home from the Jemez Invitational with another first-place finish.
The girls’ team slipped from their showing last week and wound up in ninth-place.
The Hawks’ runners were once again denied a perfect score, but this time the Hawks finished in order from second- through sixth-place with a score of 20.
Laguna-Acoma Head Coach Dan Otero said Eric Eridon from East Mountain came from behind to take the race, but the Hawks still dominated, and St. Pius X came in second place.
“The boys ran real well, but the girls were not so good,” Otero said. “Eridon broke up our perfect score.”
The Hawks’ Augustus Cuch finished behind Eridon in second.
Cuch was followed by Cameron Riley in third, and last week’s Del Norte Invite winner, Jacob Riley, in fourth-place.
Runners in the fifth and sixth position for the Hawks were Patrick Keyope and C.J. Salvador.
Isaiah Kelsey finished in the 11th spot and Josh Paytiamo crossed the finish line in the 13th spot, but the two runners positions did not factor in the scoring for the Hawks.
Roslyn Coriz was the first of the girls’ team to cross the line in 16th place followed by Lacey Natsaway, 31st, Talia Paytiamo, 50th, Tamara Riley, 55th,Tamara Hunt was 56th and Senaca Riley was 59th for Laguna-Acoma.
Otero said there were more teams at this meet than at the previous one the Hawks ran in, and also the course may have factored into the girls’ team not having run to their potential. The coach said there were teams like Sandia Prep that they defeated last week, but at this meet Sandia Prep easily outpaced the girls’ team.
“It is a tough course, and there is one big hill that may have scared them a little. They could have got intimidated, but it did not bother the boys’ team,” Otero said. “I don’t know what happened, and hopefully this was their bad race, and it will be different next time.”
The Hawks host the Laguna-Acoma Invite on Saturday, and the field will not be as big as it could have been.
Otero said a couple of teams have pulled out of the running and will participate at other meets happening the same day.
The racing starts at 9 a.m. at Laguna-Acoma High School.
See next Tuesday’s Beacon for results.