KIRTLAND — The Piedra Vista cross-country teams put together dominant performances to sweep the District 1-4A titles on Saturday at Kirtland Elementary School.
The PV boys' team highlighted the race, taking the top five places and finishing with the team's first perfect score in a district race in school history.
"It's just a testament to their hard work. We planned this year to gear toward state and that's why we had such a difficult schedule," said Panthers' head coach Sampson Sage. "Now they're seeing the fruits of their labor. It's really icing on the cake and exciting to see."
Senior Harrison Fleming won the individual title for PV with a time of 16:10.91, 11 second ahead of teammate Timberlin Henderson.
Fleming was the district runner-up last year and said he was proud of the hard work everyone on the team put in throughout the season to accomplish the historic result.
"We put in a lot of effort to get where we are, and it's an honor to be here," Fleming said.
Ryan Kruger, Christian Fowler and Jaron Harmon finished in third-, fourth- and fifth-place for PV.
Sage said the depth of the team has been one of its biggest assets throughout the season, and he expects that depth to lead to a strong finish at the state meet next Saturday in Rio Rancho.
"This is the best team the school has had. It's taken three years to get to this point, but they have a really good opportunity to compete for a trophy," Sage said. "In years past, it's been the stated goal, but realistically, everything would have had to break right, but this year the team is deep."
Kirtland Central finished second as a team, and Farmington High placed third to earn spots in the state meet.
The Piedra Vista girls took four of the top five places on their way to a district crown.
Freshman Paris Chee won the race in a time of 19:46.66, finishing 51 seconds ahead of her teammate Payton Kee.
Chee hopes this is just the first of many district titles she can claim throughout her running career for PV.
"It feels good. I feel like I can win more," she said. "My team really helped me."
Sage is excited to see how his freshman runner and the rest of the girls' team continues to develop in the upcoming seasons.
"It just shows the girls are for real. We've tried a few kids at different spots, but I think we've found our team," he said. "There is so much room to grow."
Cassandra Crowell placed third, and Katrina John took fifth for the Lady Panthers.
Elena Kresl took fourth for Aztec to help lead the Lady Tigers to a second-place finish, while Ashlynn Atwood, Sierra Martinez, Grace Olson and Naomi Teasyatwho all placed in the top 10 for Aztec.
Kirtland Central qualified for state with a third-place finish ahead of Farmington.