East Mountain High School’s boys and girls cross country teams made it a clean sweep for the fourth consecutive year at last Friday’s district meet at Bosque School in Albuquerque.
It was East Mountain’s first year sweeping its new District 5-4A rivals—the boys and girls squads both won the last three straight years in the Timberwolves’ former District 3/4-4A.
“I think as a team we did a very good job today,” East Mountain head coach Dave Naylor said. “I’m very pleased.”
Among East Mountain’s new district foes—Bosque, Bernalillo, Sandia Prep and Santa Fe Indian School—only SFIS’s Michael Tenorio gave East Mountain any trouble on the boys’ side, and there was little competition for the girls.
East Mountain’s Aubri Wrye easily captured the girls individual title with a time of 19:04.2. It was Wrye’s best time of the season.
Wrye’s teammates Sierra Stapleton, Rubie Trotter, and Christina Sirchia placed second, third and fourth respectively. Atanah Shannon finished ninth and Marissa Case took 10th to give East Mountain six top-ten finishers.
“I felt so much better today, more prepared,” Wrye said, admitting that she struggled on the same course during Bosque’s Fall Fiesta meet in September.
The Lady T’Wolves’ overall team score of 19 earned them the crown, 18 points ahead second-place SFSI.
On the boys’ side, Augie Montoya finished second with a time of 16:15.7, a hair over 16 seconds behind the winner Tenorio. “I need a better strategy,” said Montoya, who bested Tenorio earlier in the season.
East Mountain’s Isiah Padilla placed third and Sean Dwyer took fourth; the T’Wolves’ other top-ten finishers were Ben Humpries, sixth, and Eero Ward, seventh.
The boys team placed first with 22 overall points, 29 points ahead of second-place SFSI.
“I figured it might be tough to beat Tenorio, but I think overall they ran really well,” Naylor said. “Today was a good time to get the kids out to try to work our plan for state.”
The state championship meet is Saturday in Rio Rancho.
Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.