|The Page girls cross country team celebrates their win at the Hopi Invite Sept. 3. Photo/Stan Bindell|
|The Hopi High School girls cross country team placed second at the Hopi Invite Sept. 3. Photo/Stan Bindell|
Page High School won the girls and boys cross country races at the Hopi Invite Sept. 3 at Bruins Stadium.
Hopi placed second in the girls race and third in the boys race out of 16 teams.
Page won the girls race with 60 points. The Lady Bruins were right behind with 67 points and Monument Valley grabbed third with 72 points. Ganado finished fourth with 72 points.
The other teams in the top 10 were Tuba City High, fifth, 127 points; Chinle, sixth, 156 points; Winslow, seventh, 164 points; Holbrook, eighth, 234 points; Alchesay, ninth, 245 points and Valley Sanders, tenth, 274 points.
Nikesha Eagleman, a sophomore, was the individual state champion with a time of 20:46 in the 78-runner race.
Eagleman was excited about taking first because she placed second last year.
"I pushed myself more this year, but they changed the course. There were more hills and I liked that," she said. "It was hotter this year. I could feel the heat on the bottom of my sneakers. That slowed me down a little bit."
Eagleman said Ganado ran well despite their fourth place finish.
"We need to increase our pack time," she said.
Eagleman said her season goal is to decrease her time to less than 18 minutes and to place first or second at state. She expects Ganado to place second or third at state.
Eagleman also plays basketball and runs track. Despite giving a lot of attention to sports, Eagleman is an honor roll student. She has been running since the third grade. Both of her parents were runners. Her mother Terri Kelewood Eagleman was a state champion runner at Ganado. Her father Jerrell Eagleman ran in South Dakota.
Brianna Loughran from Tuba City grabbed second and Daangoiina Haven from Ganado placed third.
Mariah Yazzie led Page with a fourth place finish and teammate Lara Yazzie was right behind her in fifth. The other runners for the championship team were Jordan Roskelly, tenth; Tomeka Church, 20th and Aniya Nez, 23rd.
Christen Ben was Hopi's top runner with a sixth place finish. The other Lady Bruins included Kaitlin Billy, 11th; Janaya Day, 12th; Randi Lomayestewa, 15th; and Claryn "Mighty Mouse" 24th.
Ben was pleased with her performance.
"I ran pretty good for the first meet of the season," she said.
Ben expects the Hopi girls to repeat as state champions this year. She hopes to finish in the top five at state, but she feels she could finish as the state champion.
The others medaling in the top 15 were Tamerie Tracy, Chinle, seventh; Shayla Tate, Monument Valley, eighth; Tate Tripper, Monument Valley, ninth; Nizhoni Cly, Monument Valley, 13th; Shamique Nez, Ganado, 14th.
In the boys race, Page won with 28 points, Tuba City grabbed second with 50 points and Hopi took third with 102 points.
Hopi High Coach Rick Baker said the Bruins ran well and had the best score of any team from Division IV. Page and Tuba City are in Division III, which has much larger student populations.
"We're not quite in shape, but that will come," he said. "At these invites, you try to beat everybody you can."
Baker said he was frustrated because not all of his runners ran during the summer.
He said Skylen Tootsie and Anfernee Howard ran well for Hopi.
"Skylen was number seven last year, but he was our number two man today," he said. "Anfernee always runs well, now the others need to step up."
Hopi High was missing one runner because of grades, but the other runners were healthy.
Baker said the toughest opponents at state will be Northland Prep and Pusch Ridge.
The rest of the top 10 teams included Holbrook, fourth, 128 points; Chinle, fifth, 160; Winslow, sixth, 161; Ganado, seventh, 164; Monument Valley, eighth, 186; Red Mesa, ninth, 203 and Many Farms, 10th, 236.
Anthony Masayesva from Tuba City High School was the individual champ with a time of 16:38. The top six runners were from Page or Tuba City in the 83-runner race.
Page's Jeffrey Miller grabbed second and teammate Tyron Yazzie finished third. The rest of the Page championship team included Xiaija Schuldes, fifth; Justin Littleman, eighth; and Michael Tsosie, 10th.
The other runners for second place team Tuba City were Brian Masayesva, fourth; Albert Fuller, sixth; Kyle Sumatzkuku, 13th; and Eddie Loughran, 26th.
Anfernee Howard led Hopi with a ninth place finish. The other Bruins helping the squad to the third place finish were Skylen Tootsie, 17th; Aaron Swimmer, 21st; Kelan Poleahla, 24th; and Slim Jackson, 31st.
The other runners medaling in the top 15 were Kevin Decker, Winslow, seventh; Kyle Chee, 12th; Jeremy Tsosie, Ganado, 14th; and Darren Joey, Chinle, 15th.