Eight-race championship meet is today
The state cross country championships are today at Rio Rancho High School. There are eight races this year, down from 10 the last several years.
The Class 5A boys begin at 11 a.m., with Cleveland’s Yonas Haile looking to successfully repeat as state champion after posting the fastest time of any boy in any classification last November.
The Class 5A girls, where Eldorado’s Jasmine Turtle-Morales, last year’s 6A runner-up, is the likely pre-race favorite, cap the day at 1:05 p.m.
One of the featured races is 4A boys at 10:30 a.m., when Kirtland Central’s Kashon Harrison, the state’s top runner, looks to win a second consecutive championship.
The 4A girls, where Zoe Hunter of Albuquerque Academy is among the top runners to watch today, start at 12:35 p.m.
Cleveland and Academy’s boys and girls both won state titles a year ago.
The first race is 9:30 a.m., 15 minutes following the opening ceremonies. All the races will end inside the Rio Rancho High football stadium. The awards presentations follow the last race.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military.