Shiprock runner Shawvan Levi competes in the 3A state cross-country championship on Saturday in Rio Rancho. Levi finished in second place.
Shiprock runner Shawvan Levi competes in the 3A state cross-country championship on Saturday in Rio Rancho. Levi finished in second place. (Jesse Hankins — Special to The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — San Juan County cross-country teams closed out their seasons with some good results at the state championship meets in Rio Rancho on Saturday.

Shiprock's Shawvan Levi placed second individually with a time of 16:30.00 in the 3A boys' meet, behind only Jereme Santistevan of Pojoaque Valley.

"He got off to a good start, and he didn't back down. He gained confidence over the race and that showed today," said Chieftain boys' head coach Brian Paniagua.

Levi's performance led Shiprock to a fourth-place finish as a team behind 3A champion Taos, St. Michael's and Pojoaque Valley.

Paniagua said he was satisfied with his team's result.

"If a couple of things fell our way, we could have finished third, but we bumped up a couple places from Rio Rancho when we finished sixth among the 3A teams," he said. "Still, a little disappointing we didn't come back with any hardware though, but the boys realize they ran well."

The Shiprock girls came in as the 3A defending state champs, but an ankle injury to Cassandra Peters during the race saw the Lady Chieftains fall to fourth as a team this year.

"We were hoping for third, but I'm proud of the girls, though. They ran well, and we had a terrific season," said Shiprock girls' head coach Alice Kinlichee.

Kinlichee said Peters rolled her ankle about three-fourths of a mile into the run, and she ended up finishing in 28th place.

Lacey Howe was the top finisher for the Lady Chiefs in 11th place.

Taos also won the 3A girls team title.

In the 4A races, the Piedra Vista boys' team placed third, and the girls finished in fourth.

"The kids performed up to the expectations," PV head coach Sampson Sage.

The PV boys' team was led by two top 10 runners in Timberlin Henderson, who placed ninth with a time of 16:28.50, and Harrison Fleming, who finished nine seconds behind his teammate in 10th place.

The Piedra Vista boys’ cross-country team poses with its third-place trophy following the 4A state championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Rio
The Piedra Vista boys' cross-country team poses with its third-place trophy following the 4A state championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Rio Rancho. (Curtis Benally/Special to The Daily Times)

"Timberlin Henderson had his most complete race of the season," Sage said. "This is the icing on the cake for him."

Los Alamos won the 4A boys' team title, and Albuquerque Academy placed second.

Kirtland Central took 11th as a team, and Farmington High placed 14th.

In the 4A girls' meet, PV finished in fourth place, led by a 19th-place finish by Paris Chee.

Sage expects his teams to come back just as strong next season, and he hopes both teams will find their ways onto the podium.

"We're just building the program. The kids have had a taste of being on the podium," he said. "So they've seen what it takes and how hard you have to work."

Los Alamos completed a sweep of the 4A titles by winning the girls' meet as well.

KCHS finished in 14th as a team in the meet.

In 2A, the Navajo Prep girls finished in fourth place a year after winning the championship, while the boys' team finished in fifth place.

East Mountain won the girls 2A championship while Zuni came out on top in the boys race.

Navajo Prep head coach Stephanie McDonald could not be reached for comment by press time.

Joshua Perry covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.