Socorro girls, Alamo boys take Districts in cross-country

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Our local cross-country teams have been trekking "across country" all fall season, making their way to their district championship meets.

The Lady Warriors took the district championship in the 3-3A district in Silver City on Nov. 2. The Warriors brought home the runner-up champion trophy for district 3-3A.

In district 3-1A, the Alamo Navajo Cougars brought home the championship trophy. Geronimo Apache won the boys individual championship with a 17:40 time on a 3-mile course, and Dayna Guerro won the girls individual championship with a time of 18:58, her personal best.

The Socorro Lady Warriors had three all-district runners placing in the top ten: Emerald Goranson finished third, Julie Aster finished sixth and Autumn Goranson finished ninth for District 3-3A. Also running for the girls team were Camilla Ailbayeo, Starr Padilla, Jewel Pekala, Ashley Nash, Madi Chavez and Holly Oxford (in order of placement in the race).

The the Warriors team has two all-district runners: Manual Licano, who finished second, and Damien Cardenias, who finished sixth. Also running were James Howell, Seamus Parker, Matthew Lucero, Jared Lam, Greg Stover, Jacob Lewis and Asher Guengerich (in order of placement in the race).

Quemado Eagles brought home the runner-up trophy in the district 3-1A championships, with Oran Pierson in fourth, Kenyon Harriet in sixth, Jacob Metevier in eighth, Cordell Coburn in ninth and Jace Vance in 10th; Stefan Beauchamp, Tucson Sanders, Oliver russo and Lance Wimberly also ran for the Eagles team. They scored a total of 37 points.

The Alamo Navajo boys team was composed of Geronimo Apache, who took first; Owen Apache in second; Anthony Guerro in third; Gabriel Guerro, in fifth; and Marcus Pino, who took seventh place, for a team total of 18 points.

Dayna Guerro and Sheena Ganadonegro made up the Alamo Navajo girls team, placing first and sixth, respectively. Guerro had her presonal best time, breaking the 19-minute mark in a 3-mile run for the first time in her career. Ganadonegro, a first-year runner, also bested her previous time by over three minutes.

"We were the only school in the district (district 3-3A) to bring home two trophies," Coach Steven Montoya said of the Warriors. "We are very proud of our cross-country teams."

"Overall, everyone for Alamo ran really well," said Steven Mills, ABE Instructor at Alamo Community Services. "Going into state championship races, all runners are looking good and expecting to do well in Albuquerque (Rio Rancho)."

All these teams will compete in the state championship meet at Rio Rancho High School on Nov. 9. The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m.