The Shiprock boys’ and girls’ cross country teams put together solid races as both teams claimed District 1-3A titles Saturday.
The boys’ side finished with 18 points, taking seven of the top eight places in the race.
“We packed together a lot better,” said Chieftain boys head coach Brian Paniagua. “If we can run like that next week, we’ll be a top three finisher in state and be right there for the title.”
Sophomore Shawvan Levi won the individual district title for the Chieftains, completing the race in 16:43.92.
Eric Williams finished just behind Levi in second place with a time of 17:04.06 for Shiprock.
“Shawvan had another strong race for us, and Eric was hot on his tail for most of the way and hung tough for second,” Paniagua said.
Kelsey Maxwell, Domonic Crosby, Justin Begay, Manuel IC, Ty Billie and Kevin Aspaas placed in the top 10 for the Chieftains.
Wingate finished in second place, led by Arlo Enoah in third place and Trenen Hardy in ninth.
Bloomfield took fourth in the meet, led by Jonwayne Krein III in 12th place.
The Lady Chiefs took six of the top 10 places on their way to claiming the district crown.
Freshman Cassandra Peters won the individual title for Shiprock, finishing seven seconds ahead of Karianne Jones of Wingate.
“Being a freshman, it’s all new for her,” Shiprock girls head coach Alice Kinlichee said. “She just gets out there and performs.”
Shania Henry took for fourth for the Lady Chiefs, and Megan Johnson, Melanie Secody, Shadiin Yessilth and Taylor Henderson all placed in the top 10.
“It was a great day for our team,” Kinlichee said. “After losing eight senior, we weren’t sure if we’d win district, but the girls got together and keyed off their teammates.”
Kinlichee thinks her young Lady Chiefs squad will have a strong showing in state despite their inexperience.
“I expect we’ll be in the top three again,” she said. “We’re right there, and the way I see it, we’re young and can only get better.”
Wingate finished in second with 42 points.
Bloomfield’s Dominque Tso took 13th place to finish as the top Lady Bobcat runner.
Navajo Prep boys and girls teams finished in second place in District 1-2A on Friday.
Zuni won the girls title, and Rehoboth finished first in the boys race.
Eagles’ head coach Stephanie McDonald said her squads were disappointed to come up short of the district title.
“The girls were really upset, but I’m really proud them,” McDonald said. “ We’ve done well all season, and I knew district wasn’t going to be handed to us, but it was an eye-opener for us. The boys have improved every year, but we had been dominating. The kids were upset.”
Muriel Waukinzoo was the top finisher for the Lady Eagles in third place.
Leandrew Daley was the top Navajo Prep boys finisher in fourth.