FARMINGTON — Teams from both of Farmington's high schools brought home trophies from the state spirit championship.
The Farmington High School Kelly Greens earned second place in the Class 4A Dance competition, and the Piedra Vista High School cheerleading team took third place in Class 4A Cheer at the State Spirit Championships on March 29 at The Pit in Albuquerque.
Kelly Greens Coach Vickie Campbell said the team took first place in the hip-hop category, which helped them win second place overall. That's an improvement over their fifth-place performance last year. This is the second year the Kelly Greens participated in the hip-hop category.
Roswell High School took first place in Class 4A Dance, and Gallup High School finished in third place.
"They had an amazing year," Campbell said, of her team. "We set goals at the beginning of the year. One was to make finals at nationals, which we did. The other goal was to place at state, which they did."
Campbell credited the squad's returning 13 members as a reason the team performed well at state and at the National Dance Alliance National Championship in March in Orlando, Fla., where they reached the finals in medium varsity jazz competition.
"They knew exactly what they needed to do," Campbell said.
In Class 4A Dance, the Piedra Vista Panteraz dance squad took sixth, and Aztec High School was in 10th place.
PV Cheer Coach Arlie Hawkins said she was excited for her squad's performance, especially because it was her first year as coach and only five students returned from last year's squad. The team ended in third place behind Santa Fe High School and Centennial High School in Las Cruces, which earned first and second places, respectively.
"It was good that I started clean," Hankins said. "But going against teams at state stacked with seniors, that's usually why they place so high. It was a challenge to get to their skill level in eight months, it's impressive."
Cheer captain Alexa Medrano said it was a great experience for the new girls to gain skills in a short period of time.
"It was beyond a dream come true," said the junior. "Starting from scratch with only five (students) returning, it was something we were shooting for the stars for and made it up there."
Aztec High School trailed behind PV in fourth place.
Bloomfield High School took fifth place in Class 3A Cheer.