FARMINGTON — The strong season for the Shiprock cross country teams continued with a pair of solid races.
The Chieftain boys and girls won the team titles at Farmington High's Totah Invite on Saturday.
Shiprock junior Shawvan Levi led the Chieftains to victory with a first-place finish in a time of 17:21, winning the race by 18 seconds over Arlo Enoah of Wingate.
"I was feeling pretty good. I trained through the week on hills because we knew there would be a lot on the course," Levi said. "Everybody contributed to working with one another and running as a pack. I think as a team we did very good and were very successful today."
Shiprock boys' head coach Brian Paniagua moved a couple junior varsity runners up to the varsity level for the race and was satisfied with the way they raced.
"The one thing we wanted was a strong finish, so I'm pleased," Paniagua said. "We moved some guys up from JV and down from varsity just to see how the guys perform at different levels. I was happy with how the guys responded to the course. It's nice to have that depth and be able to move people around. It creates competition within the team and lights fires under people. It makes me feel a little more at ease."
Aaron Bunny of Kirtland Central finished in third place.
Leandrew Dailey and Isaiah Yazzie of Navajo Prep rounded out the top five and helped lead the Eagles to a second-place team finish behind the Chieftains.
Farmington's Nick Tenski was the top Scorpion finisher in ninth place.
The Lady Chiefs also ran a strong race, winning the title ahead of Monument Valley, Ariz.
"It was a little rough today with a slower start, but they came together strong at the end of the race, and that's what we need to do," said Shiprock girls' head coach Alice Kinlichee. "We had some competition from Monument Valley and that was good. That's how we need to run -- really strong and really confident. We need to start running a little bit quicker, but we're good where we're at."
Cassandra Peters finished second and Lacey Howe placed third for Shiprock behind the race winner Shayla Tate of Monument Valley, who finished in a time of 21:30.
Both Shiprock teams will prepare for the John Grimley Memorial in Santa Fe next Saturday against some of the strongest 3A teams in the state.
"We have a big meet next in Santa Fe against the other 3A schools, so we'll be able to size up where we're at statewide," Kinlichee said.
Kirtland's Kytauna Jackson led the Lady Broncos with a ninth-place finish, while Hannah Antone was the top Navajo Prep finisher in 12th place.
Farmington High was led by Melina McDermott in 19th place.
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