SHS cross-country makes trek to Arizona

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The Socorro Warriors cross-country varsity team attended a prestigious and competitive cross-country meet in Mesa, Ariz., on Oct. 4, homecoming week for the Warriors.

Courtesy of Steven Montoya/Socorro cross-country coach The Socorro Warriors cross-country varsity team stops to capture a moment in their journey as they cross the New Mexico state line into Arizona on their way to a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on Oct. 4.

The seventh annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet featured over 120 schools from around the United States. Teams come to race under the desert stars and bright lights. According to the meet’s website, “not only does this meet offer great competition and loads of fun, the Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet has now become the official Nike Cross National (NXN) Pre-Southwest meet.” This gives competing teams the opportunity to score points to help them qualify for NXN.

The meet boasts “races for everyone,” with 19 different races, including races for high school and junior high/middle school students.

“I wanted a varsity-only trip that kids wanted to go on,” coach Steven Montoya said. “This is considered a fast course, so we went with the purpose of running fast.”

The Warriors finished sixth out of 31 schools in their division, and Manuel Licano finished fourth individually with a time of 16:41 minutes, setting a new cross-country record for the school.

The Lady Warriors finished 11th in their division and were led by freshman Emerald Goranson, who finished 11th in 20:25 minutes.

The cross-country course was set on a golf course in Mesa, at dusk and under lights. The event also featured a disc jockey, fireworks and product giveaways from Nike.

The Warriors cross-country team has its next meet in Rio Rancho on Saturday.