FARMINGTON — San Juan County cross country teams got the chance to go toe-to-toe with the best runners in the state at the Rio Rancho Jamboree on Saturday.
The Piedra Vista boys and Shiprock girls came away with the best results at the meet, which featured the top cross country squads, regardless of classification.
The race was split into a championship and varsity division with a team's division being based on previous results throughout the season.
The Panthers placed sixth in the boys championship division behind just one 4A team, Los Alamos, who finished fifth.
PV was led by Harrison Fleming who placed 10th individually with a time of 16:41.40.
Panthers' head coach Sampson Sage said he was happy with the result after comparing it to the team's performance last season.
"Initially, I was a little lukewarm on the result, finishing behind Los Alamos when they didn't have their top runner," Sage said. "But after sitting back and analyzing it, the boys ran significantly faster than last year and all I can really ask is that we keep improving."
Shiprock's Shawvan Levi ran a strong race for the Chieftains, placing 11th individually in the 199-runner field as Shiprock placed 22nd as a team.
Navajo Prep finished in 19th place while Kirtland Central placed 27th.
Rio Rancho won the boys championship race ahead of second place Cleveland and third place Eldorado.
Pojoaque Valley's Jereme Santistevan won the individual title in a time of 16:06.59.
In the girls' race, the Lady Chieftains took 11th place as a team in the championship division and second among 3A teams behind Sandia Prep, who finished eighth.
"The girls were more optimistic of their chances of doing well at the state meet but we have work to do and three weeks left to really tighten up the pack," said Shiprock girls head coach Alice Kinlichee.
Cassandra Peters finished 30th and Lacey Howe placed 39th for the Lady Chieftains.
The PV girls placed 17th while Navajo Prep took 19th and Kirtland Central finished 31st.
Eldorado won the girls' race ahead of second-place Los Alamos.
Kelli Reagan of St. Pius X won the individual title.
The Aztec girls won the varsity division race ahead of second place Rehoboth Christian.
Sage expects the Lady Tigers' to be tough competition for the district title in two weeks.
"They're going to be right there with us. It's going to be tight," Sage said.
Elena Kresl led Aztec with an eighth place finish, while Jessica Kresl took 10th for the Lady Tigers.