Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Taos Cross Country Team for winning the State Championship!
Reported from the Taos News
Taos High School dominated the state cross-country Saturday (Nov. 8) in Río Rancho.
Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers won team titles at the championship, and both teams easily out-distanced themselves from the state runners-up.
The Lady Tigers won with 44 points while second-place Sandia Prep finished with 82 points.
The Tigers won with 57 points. St. Mike’s finished second with 91 points.
“We came in knowing that if we gave everything we had we’d come away with (the state title),” Cade Cannedy said.
The Lady Tigers had four runners finish in the top-10 — Haley Rach (4th), Cora Cannedy (6th), Hannah Gunther (8th) and Lucia Costanza (9th). Taos’ fifth runner, and final point scorer, was Elizabeth Reyes finishing 17th, but Isabella Padilla (23rd) and Elicia Sánchez (35th) both finished high enough that they could have been Taos’ four and five runners and the team could have still won the title.
The Tigers’ story was similar. Three Tigers finished in the top-10 — Donevan Gravelle (3rd), Roy Madrid (4th) and Mateo Vigil (9th). Cade Cannedy finished 19th and Tristan Padilla placed 23rd — and all five of them had sub-18 minute times. JC Santistevan placed 44th and Theo Hummel finished 45th, meaning either of their scores could have been Taos’ fifth and the Tigers still would have won the state title.
“I feel lucky to run for this team,” Padilla said.
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Photos courtesy of Taos News and proud parent, Todd Gravelle.