FARMINGTON — Shiprock and Navajo Prep cross-country have dominated throughout the season and that was no different at their district meets last weekend.
Shiprock swept the District 1-3A team titles on Saturday in Bloomfield, while Prep easily won both the girls and boys District 1-2A titles on Friday.
The Lady Chieftains had five of the top six runners to win the title over Wingate and Thoreau.
"The girls really put one together today. I'm very proud of them." said Shiprock girls' head coach Alice Kinlichee "The team goal was to put six in the top ten but they exceeded that."
Cassandra Peters won the individual title for a second consecutive season for Shiprock, finishing the race in a time of 22:07.
Peters finished four second ahead of her teammate Lacey Howe for the title.
Melanie Secody, T'yana Harry, Megan Johnson, Sabrina Gould and Natasha Hogue all placed in the top 10 for the Lady Chiefs.
Kinlichee is hoping for a strong performance again from all her runners on Saturday as they look to defend the state title in Rio Rancho.
"We need to team together like they did today to be in the running for a trophy at state," she said.
The Shiprock boys also had little trouble winning a district title, placing seven of the top 10 runners.
Shawvan Levi won the individual title for Shiprock, finishing the race in a time of 17:51.
Domonic Crosby and Zach Ben placed in the top five, while Anthony Begay, Justin Begay, Manuel IC and William Todachinnie all finished inside the top 10.
Shiprock boys' head coach Brian Paniagua thought this was one of his team's best performances of the season.
"We've struggled the last few races to close up some gaps, and today, the guys were able to close them up some," he said. "Domonic Crosby ran very well and was able to get closer to Shawvan than he has all season. Zach Ben, Anthony Begay and Justin Begay had phenomenal runs. Zach was able to break from the group and close up on Domonic while Anthony and Justin worked very well together to not let anyone finish between them and Zach. Manuel IC and William Todachinnie ran together and were able to stick it out to place all of our runners in the top 10."
Paniagua is looking for a similar effort from his team next week.
"(I'm) looking forward to state. If we run as well as we did today, we have a great shot at placing very well," he said. "There are a few teams ahead of us in AAA, but we are starting to hit on all cylinders, and I'm feeling good going into that race."
Navajo Prep didn't have much competition as both teams also won their district meets.
"I've always told the kids from the start of the season that every week we're preparing for district," said Prep head coach Stephanie McDonald. "I just told the kids to get out there and do what you need to do."
The Lady Eagles took the top three places with Hannah Antone winning the individual title over her teammates Brandi Reano and Muriel Waukazoo.
The Prep boys had five of the top seven finishers, with Leandrew Dailey winning the meet by 13 seconds over Newcomb's Daniel Manuelito.
McDonald is expecting both of her teams to run well at the state meet as the Lady Eagles look to defend the state title and the Prep boys try to building on last year's third place finish.
"The 2A division is very competitive. It's going to be anyone's race. It's not going to be something, where we can just retain the state title," McDonald said. "They never back down from any form of competition and I think the kids are ready. I'm fairly confident the boys and girls will race well."