Thursday, November 5, 2009

Warriors run to state meet Saturday

By John Severance

SOCORRO - The Socorro cross country team has made some big strides this season. On Saturday, coach Steven Montoya will find out how far they have come when the girls and boys team will take part in the AAA state meet at Rio Rancho High School.
Last year was the inaugural season for the Socorro boys and they finished fifth in the district meet and qualified one runner for the state meet.
“Since last year, our biggest goal was to qualify for state this year,” Montoya said. “I just want them to run their best races of the season. The kids feel pretty fresh and if they run to their potential, we can compete for a fourth or a fifth place finish.”
Montoya said the favorites likely will be Santa Fe Indian School, Pojoaque and Zuni.
The Socorro girls, meanwhile, did not even field a team last season.
In the District 3 AAA meet at Cobre on Oct. 30, Socorro won the boys event with 32 points followed by Cobre with 39 and Lovington with 83. The Warriors won because they had Trey Thunborg, Owen Azevedo and Dylan Gallegos finish second, third and fourth.
Cobre won the girls event with 30 points and Socorro was second with 44. The Warriors finished 1-2 individually with Contreras and Dayna Guerro.

Pictured: Socorro’s Dylan Gallego finished fourth in the district meet last weekend.

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