The boys and girls teams each finished in fourth place in the 4A state championships on Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.
“It was an awesome day,” said PV head coach Sampson Sage. “I’m shocked and a little speechless. Coming into the race, I thought the ceiling for both teams was fifth. They exceed that and ran a really great race.”
Brandon Levi finshed as the state runner-up on the boys side behind only Nick Hill from Los
“He ran the smartest and most complete race I’ve seen him run in the two years I’ve been his coach,” Sage said. “He controlled the pace. When he needed to move from the runners he was with, he made the move.”
Paris Chee was the top finisher for the Lady Panthers in 18th.
Sage can’t wait to see his teams continue their growth in the upcoming seasons.
“When I took the job, I laid out a five-year plan,” he said. “We have had a good influx of young talent, and they have increased the competitiveness.”
Los Alamos won its second straight boys 4A title.
The Farmington boys finished 14th and Aztec ended in 16th place.
Albuquerque Academy beat out St. Pius X for the 4A girls championship.
Kirtland Central took eighth place as a team with Sheri Adair finishing in 15th in her final cross country meet for the Lady Broncos.
District 1-4A champion Aztec took 11th, fielding a shorthanded team with multiple runners playing in the state soccer title match.