Kirtland Central’s cross country squads dominated Friday’s District 1-5A championships at Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times
Broncos coast to team title, look ahead to state meet
FARMINGTON — Kashon Harrison again served as the example for his Kirtland Central teammates to follow on the cross-country course.
The Broncos star captured his third straight district title with a time of 16 minutes and 12.26 seconds today at Lions Wilderness Park. That showing gave his KC teammates Tristen George and Jacob Hawkins the motivation they needed to also stay near the front of the pack. George placed third overall at 17:20.47, while Hawkins took fourth place at 17:30.24.
"It was good. They get their mileage in, and they get their speed in," Harrison said. "I'm showing them how to keep their pace and how to save their energy until the end."
Harrison had a swift, yet smooth, pace from the start. Harrison distanced himself a bit from Miyamura's Ty McCray, who placed second overall at 16:56.25, and stayed ahead the whole time.
"At random times, he will speed up out of nowhere, and then he will tell us to go with him or stay with him," George said.
Harrison acknowledged he could have created more of a gap running against McCray, but he said he was trying to conserve his strength for the state meet.
"I think it'll probably help next week," Harrison said.
George and Hawkins followed suit, staying together and getting a jump on their competition.
"We took turns setting the pace each mile," George said. "By how close we were to each other, we were able to see each other and talk to each other."
The Broncos won the team district title.
KC girls also victorious
Although Gallup's Jessica Ramirez coasted her way to a district title on the girls side, KC had the upper hand in team results and won the meet.
Both sides will now get ready for the New Mexico Activities Association State Cross-Country Championships on Nov. 4 in Rio Rancho.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.