East Mountain’s distance runners combined to bring home second-place titles for both the girls and boys teams in last Saturday’s Class 4A state cross country championships.
It’s the best finish for East Mountain since 2013 when the girls team took first and the boys placed third in Class 2A.
“Two second places is wonderful,” East Mountain’s head coach Dave Naylor said. “To go second and second and to have five kids in the top 10 is pretty solid.”
East Mountain senior Aubri Wrye paced the Lady Timberwolves by capturing her second individual state cross country crown with a time of 19:10.55. Her first title was two years ago in Class 2A for Estancia High School.
The Lady T’Wolves’ other top finishers were Sierra Stapleton, seventh, and Rubie Trotter, placing 10th.
“The girls ran great,” Naylor said.
On the boys side, East Mountain’s top finishers were Isiah Padilla, fourth, and Sean Dwyer, sixth.
Moriarty’s boys team took 12th place overall in 4A; Romello Dominguez was the team’s top finisher at 61st. Moriarty had no girls qualify.
Estancia’s Jaimey Fastnacht finished third overall in the girls Class 3A individual. No Estancia boys qualified.
In Class 2A, Mountainair’s Gabe Padilla finished 19th overall to help the Mustangs place ninth. Aliyah Padilla was Mountainair’s top girls finisher at 12th.
Manzano’s Emily Clark, the only qualifier finished 18th in 6A girls individuals.
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