NXR-SW Preview: New Mexico's Top Boys Teams

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Jesse Madrid (2002) is part of a deep roster of returning runners for Hobbs who figure to give the rest of New Mexico fits this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.


Here we go! For the rest of the summer, we'll be taking a glance at the top boys and girls teams from each state, with an eye toward which teams will be most competitive at this year's edition of Nike Cross Regionals - Southwest. We will look at both all schools and small schools (< 1000 enrollment). A few schools will turn up on both lists, and you've probably already made a nomination for that honor from New Mexico. 

It is by no means a given that all teams showing up in the rankings below will live up to expectations this fall (or that teams not showing up in the rankings below will not exceed expectations), but this gives us a least one excellent early window on which teams to keep an eye on.

New Mexico All Schools Boys Rankings of Returning Cross Country Runners (Top 8 Teams)

There really aren't many surprises on this list. Last year's strong teams appear to be this year's strong teams. Pecos will be one of the smallest schools to appear in any state's top eight. Los Alamos barely makes the top eight in something of a surprise. Most of us would have reflexively expected the Hilltoppers to check in at a higher position, but we're not done hearing from that team.

1Hobbs High School (NM)51
1) Andrew Bosquez15:12.941
2) Daniel Acosta15:42.215
3) Patrick Colborn16:06.2210
4) Victor Saldana16:16.0017
5) Jesse Madrid16:25.0018
Average Time: 15:56.47 Total Time: 1:19:42.37 1-5 Split: 1:12.06
6) Josh Santos17:01.6545
7) Brendan Curtis17:32.0082
2Rio Rancho High School (NM)87
1) Devin Paredes15:14.802
2) Zachary Allen15:43.906
3) David Ogden16:06.3011
4) Joshua Baker16:33.9025
5) Noah Dodd16:58.3543
Average Time: 16:07.45 Total Time: 1:20:37.25 1-5 Split: 1:43.55
6) Cody Smith17:16.3060
7) Johnathan Dunn17:20.6067
3Eldorado High School (NM)133
1) Connor Laktasic15:39.004
2) Zach Sletten16:32.0022
3) Logan Ellis16:32.0023
4) Alex Wickesberg16:50.0037
5) Peter Keller17:02.0047
Average Time: 16:31.00 Total Time: 1:22:35.00 1-5 Split: 1:23.00
6) Lane Norcross17:35.0092
7) Kevin Hewson18:30.21190
4Sue Cleveland High School (NM)168
1) Yonas Haile16:12.0014
2) David Apodaca16:29.0020
3) Alex Espenship16:56.0040
4) Dillon Wood17:01.0044
5) Caleb Garcia17:03.2050
Average Time: 16:44.24 Total Time: 1:23:41.20 1-5 Split: 51.20
6) Elijah Guzman17:15.0057
7) Edson Mendoza17:38.10101
5Albuquerque Academy (NM)184
1) Jordan Lesansee15:16.003
2) A.j. Kedge16:07.0012
3) Aric Kedge16:43.8030
4) Mark Harrington16:45.0033
5) Julian Garcia17:41.91106
Average Time: 16:30.74 Total Time: 1:22:33.71 1-5 Split: 2:25.91
6) Skyler Forman17:48.95116
7) Oliver Pilon18:27.23180
6Pecos High School (NM)295
1) Julian Garcia16:35.0026
2) Joshua DeHerrera16:52.2138
3) Michael Montano17:22.4569
4) Isaiah Armijo17:28.5077
5) Angel Gomez17:32.3585
Average Time: 17:10.10 Total Time: 1:25:50.51 1-5 Split: 57.35
6) Isaac CdeBaca17:42.19107
7) Carlos Cordova17:57.94135
7Onate High School (NM)307
1) Thomas Salas15:51.148
2) Nathaniel Montemayor16:13.0016
3) Kurk Goodson17:21.0768
4) Oscar Corral17:39.77103
5) Gabe Rodriquez17:47.59112
Average Time: 16:58.51 Total Time: 1:24:52.57 1-5 Split: 1:56.45
6) Silas Kraft20:28.00338
7) Heber Parks20:41.00350
8Los Alamos High School (NM)355
1) Ben Rees16:57.0042
2) Kai Coblentz17:10.0054
3) Kyler Parkinson17:25.5072
4) Chris Buntain17:25.9073
5) Shawn Williams17:48.00114
Average Time: 17:21.28 Total Time: 1:26:46.40 1-5 Split: 51.00
6) Elijah Velasquez17:49.00117
7) Brandon Bao18:01.00140


New Mexico All Schools Boys Rankings of Returning 1600 Runners (Top 8 Teams)

There's a reasonably good alignment between returning cross country rankings and returning 1600 rankings. There usually is--and typically more so than with 3200 rankings. Hobbs solidifies their position as the team to beat in New Mexico this fall. Eldorado and Albuquerque Academy climb the ladder at little at the expense of Rio Rancho and Cleveland. Aztec puts in a nice appearance on the list signaling, perhaps, a rise in the distance fortunes up in San Juan County.


1Hobbs High School (NM)67
1) Andrew Bosquez4:24.844
2) Victor Saldana4:28.888
3) Daniel Acosta4:31.5812
4) Jesse Madrid4:32.5113
5) Patrick Colborn4:46.1230
Average Time: 4:32.79 Total Time: 22:43.93 1-5 Split: 21.28
6) Josh Santos5:10.10112
7) Nicholas Solis5:10.57114
2Eldorado High School (NM)126
1) Harrison Smith III4:18.651
2) Connor Laktasic4:29.239
3) Zach Sletten4:29.3710
4) Logan Ellis4:50.3944
5) Lane Norcross4:56.2362
Average Time: 4:36.77 Total Time: 23:03.87 1-5 Split: 37.58
6) Jonathan Padilla5:20.64145
3Albuquerque Academy (NM)135
1) Jordan Lesansee4:20.082
2) A.j. Kedge4:35.8816
3) Mark Harrington4:45.7329
4) Skyler Forman4:46.9833
5) Julian Garcia4:54.4055
Average Time: 4:40.61 Total Time: 23:23.07 1-5 Split: 34.32
6) Oliver Pilon5:13.87125
7) Mark Joseph5:15.04129
4Rio Rancho High School (NM)173
1) Devin Paredes4:28.016
2) Zachary Allen4:38.4919
3) Noah Dodd4:43.9524
4) David Ogden4:49.9442
5) Tomas Herrera5:02.0082
Average Time: 4:44.48 Total Time: 23:42.39 1-5 Split: 33.99
6) Joshua Baker5:05.3997
7) Cody Smith5:09.96111
5Volcano Vista High School (NM)213
1) Jericho Cleveland4:22.793
2) Ivan Pineda-Dominguez4:36.6417
3) Joseph Ellefson4:53.4850
4) Colton Cox4:54.1454
5) Kaden Hamilton5:03.8089
Average Time: 4:46.17 Total Time: 23:50.85 1-5 Split: 41.01
6Cibola High School (NM)234
1) Estevan Nunez4:37.2718
2) Ryan Harlow4:50.4645
3) James Zortman4:51.4646
4) Devin Rollins4:52.4548
5) Ben Adadie5:00.9977
Average Time: 4:50.53 Total Time: 24:12.63 1-5 Split: 23.72
6) Niels Hancock5:08.14104
7) Alex Bair5:13.83124
7Aztec High School (NM)236
1) Matthew Smith4:45.4527
2) Adam Jones4:45.6528
3) Dwight Barton4:54.6157
4) Andrew Day4:56.1461
5) Ruben Teasyatwho4:56.7263
Average Time: 4:51.71 Total Time: 24:18.57 1-5 Split: 11.27
6) Dominic Dufur4:58.0167
7) Timmy Smith4:59.8470
8Sue Cleveland High School (NM)248
1) David Apodaca4:38.4920
2) Yonas Haile4:42.7222
3) Alex Espenship4:44.4525
4) Caleb Garcia5:02.9987
5) Edson Mendoza5:04.9694
Average Time: 4:50.72 Total Time: 24:13.61 1-5 Split: 26.47
6) Elijah Guzman5:05.0595
7) Jalen Toya5:10.78115


New Mexico All Schools Boys Rankings of Returning 3200 Runners (Top 8 Teams)

Once again, Hobbs comes out on top. Not that it's a great surprise, but when we get to rankings of 3200 runners, it's all big schools and Albuquerque Academy. Few small schools have the depth required to put a lot of oomph into their 3200 rankings.

1Hobbs High School (NM)43
1) Andrew Bosquez9:37.444
2) Jesse Madrid9:42.086
3) Victor Saldana9:44.119
4) Daniel Acosta9:47.0510
5) Patrick Colborn10:05.8814
Average Time: 9:47.31 Total Time: 48:56.56 1-5 Split: 28.44
6) Josh Santos10:40.9541
7) Nicholas Solis11:13.2577
2Eldorado High School (NM)84
1) Connor Laktasic9:35.002
2) Harrison Smith III10:02.0912
3) Zach Sletten10:19.3020
4) Logan Ellis10:22.4124
5) Peter Keller10:22.5126
Average Time: 10:08.26 Total Time: 50:41.31 1-5 Split: 47.51
6) Marcus Francis12:01.09127
3Albuquerque Academy (NM)87
1) Jordan Lesansee9:16.851
2) A.j. Kedge9:43.368
3) Mark Harrington10:21.5523
4) Julian Garcia10:23.1027
5) Skyler Forman10:23.8628
Average Time: 10:01.74 Total Time: 50:08.72 1-5 Split: 1:07.01
6) Julian Garcia10:37.9437
7) Mark Joseph10:49.8451
4Rio Rancho High School (NM)113
1) Devin Paredes9:36.503
2) Zachary Allen10:04.7813
3) Noah Dodd10:22.4625
4) David Ogden10:29.8830
5) Cody Smith10:41.8142
Average Time: 10:15.09 Total Time: 51:15.43 1-5 Split: 1:05.31
6) Tomas Herrera10:44.5346
7) Joshua Baker10:48.2749
5Cibola High School (NM)140
1) Kimball Jones10:17.8117
2) Estevan Nunez10:17.8618
3) Devin Rollins10:30.3931
4) Ryan Harlow10:36.4436
5) James Zortman10:38.7938
Average Time: 10:28.26 Total Time: 52:21.29 1-5 Split: 20.98
6) Ben Adadie10:53.6456
7) Alex Bair11:27.6186
6Volcano Vista High School (NM)185
1) Jericho Cleveland9:42.367
2) Ivan Pineda-Dominguez10:11.6415
3) Joseph Ellefson10:28.9229
4) Kaden Hamilton10:49.7950
5) Ryan Korte11:25.7684
Average Time: 10:31.69 Total Time: 52:38.47 1-5 Split: 1:43.40
6) Sinjin Cortes11:29.7691
7Sue Cleveland High School (NM)199
1) Yonas Haile10:17.9119
2) Alex Espenship10:21.3922
3) Caleb Garcia10:42.2643
4) Elijah Guzman10:51.2652
5) Edson Mendoza10:59.3663
Average Time: 10:38.44 Total Time: 53:12.18 1-5 Split: 41.45
6) Michael Devargas11:29.3690
8Clovis High School (NM)243
1) Jon Fuentes10:35.7433
2) Noel Caldera10:35.7834
3) Dylan McNaughton10:52.0053
4) Hector Ruiz10:53.7557
5) Trent Allen11:04.5566
Average Time: 10:48.36 Total Time: 54:01.82 1-5 Split: 28.81
6) Bailey Goodgame11:09.6671
7) David Santarosa11:40.89104



We now direct our attention to small school rankings. For the first time ever last November, NXR-SW had separate small-school races, giving the small schools a clean opportunity to measure themselves directly against one another. Participation in the small school races is expected to ratchet upwards this fall. It's possible I've missed some small schools creeping over the 1000 enrollment mark since last year, but I've not been able to do the kind of research needed to find those schools yet, so I'll use last year's lists of small schools.


New Mexico Small Schools Boys Rankings of Returning Cross Country Runners (Top 8 Teams)

If you know your New Mexico small schools, there is not a lot in the way of surprise here. Albuquerque Academy has long been one of the most competitive small school cross country programs in the entire nation. Pecos has been riding a nice crest of achievement the last couple of years. East Mountain has become a perennial solid entry. And so on it goes. Small school cross country is alive and well in New Mexico.


1Albuquerque Academy (NM)70
1) Jordan Lesansee15:16.001
2) A.j. Kedge16:07.004
3) Aric Kedge16:43.8010
4) Mark Harrington16:45.0011
5) Julian Garcia17:41.9144
Average Time: 16:30.74 Total Time: 1:22:33.71 1-5 Split: 2:25.91
6) Skyler Forman17:48.9549
7) Oliver Pilon18:27.2383
2Pecos High School (NM)111
1) Julian Garcia16:35.008
2) Joshua DeHerrera16:52.2113
3) Michael Montano17:22.4525
4) Isaiah Armijo17:28.5030
5) Angel Gomez17:32.3535
Average Time: 17:10.10 Total Time: 1:25:50.51 1-5 Split: 57.35
6) Isaac CdeBaca17:42.1945
7) Carlos Cordova17:57.9460
3East Mountain High School (NM)151
1) Isiah Padilla16:42.359
2) Augustine Montoya16:54.0914
3) Ben Humphries17:30.8032
4) Sean Dwyer17:40.5043
5) Joseph Ward17:53.8053
Average Time: 17:20.31 Total Time: 1:26:41.54 1-5 Split: 1:11.45
6) Daniel Hund19:23.80140
7) Evan Chavez19:56.61162
4Kirtland Central High School (NM)181
1) Kashon Harrison15:50.002
2) Koby Blackwater17:17.0024
3) Tristen George17:23.0027
4) Jacob Hawkins17:53.8554
5) Osean Nez18:18.5074
Average Time: 17:20.47 Total Time: 1:26:42.35 1-5 Split: 2:28.50
6) Jarek Nez18:37.6395
7) Tovi Curley18:57.81115
5Laguna-Acoma High School (NM)198
1) Colton Salvador17:10.9019
2) Cameron Sanchez17:28.5029
3) Deion Lukee17:29.8031
4) Kenzie Alonzo17:47.9047
5) Terrence Lukee18:15.0072
Average Time: 17:38.42 Total Time: 1:28:12.10 1-5 Split: 1:04.10
6) Derek Capitan18:54.10112
7) Delbert Roughsurface18:57.55114
6Shiprock High School (NM)216
1) Aaron Gould17:16.6023
2) Justin Yazzie17:37.0039
3) Aaron Lee17:37.3040
4) Arvin Begay17:37.8041
5) Mattheu Duncan18:17.2073
Average Time: 17:41.18 Total Time: 1:28:25.90 1-5 Split: 1:00.60
6) Marlyn Kaskala18:41.41100
7) Terrance Lee19:37.93151
7Pojoaque Valley High School (NM)220
1) Derrick Knight17:16.4022
2) Mario Santistevan17:39.8042
3) Avery Torrez17:51.1550
4) Dominic Roybal17:51.5751
5) Isaac Roybal17:54.1555
Average Time: 17:42.61 Total Time: 1:28:33.07 1-5 Split: 37.75
6) John Hall17:57.4459
7) Dylan Romero18:45.84104
8Aztec High School (NM)262
1) Dwight Barton17:23.0026
2) Matthew Smith17:32.2633
3) Andrew Day17:59.2062
4) Ruben Teasyatwho18:10.5070
5) Riley Barber18:12.6071
Average Time: 17:51.51 Total Time: 1:29:17.56 1-5 Split: 49.60
6) Timmy Smith18:29.0085
7) Quincy Diswood18:40.9098


New Mexico Small Schools Boys Rankings of Returning 1600 Runners (Top 8 Teams)

The news here might be how much stronger the Pecos cross country program is than the Pecos 1600 program. This is a situation that bears watching. And, Taos makes a not-so-surprising appearance on this list.


1Albuquerque Academy (NM)48
1) Jordan Lesansee4:20.081
2) A.j. Kedge4:35.886
3) Mark Harrington4:45.7310
4) Skyler Forman4:46.9812
5) Julian Garcia4:54.4019
Average Time: 4:40.61 Total Time: 23:23.07 1-5 Split: 34.32
6) Oliver Pilon5:13.8753
7) Mark Joseph5:15.0456
2Aztec High School (NM)84
1) Matthew Smith4:45.458
2) Adam Jones4:45.659
3) Dwight Barton4:54.6120
4) Andrew Day4:56.1423
5) Ruben Teasyatwho4:56.7224
Average Time: 4:51.71 Total Time: 24:18.57 1-5 Split: 11.27
6) Dominic Dufur4:58.0126
7) Timmy Smith4:59.8428
3Kirtland Central High School (NM)122
1) Kashon Harrison4:25.532
2) Jacob Hawkins4:46.1311
3) Koby Blackwater5:01.5634
4) Jarek Nez5:03.5937
5) Tristen George5:04.1938
Average Time: 4:52.20 Total Time: 24:21.00 1-5 Split: 38.66
6) Osean Nez5:10.7849
7) Zachary Burrell5:26.3075
4Taos High School (NM)125
1) Simon Mount4:43.297
2) John Matz4:47.2213
3) Zack Trujillo4:54.0918
4) Theo Hummel4:55.1221
5) Pablo Archuleta5:21.6166
Average Time: 4:56.27 Total Time: 24:41.33 1-5 Split: 38.32
6) John Esquibel5:25.7172
7) Justin Madrid5:28.6079
5West Las Vegas High School (NM)137
1) Miguel Coca4:31.044
2) James Jj Esquibel4:34.495
3) Isaiah Paiz5:01.7935
4) Kenneth Marrujo5:05.2141
5) Austin Abeyta5:12.7752
Average Time: 4:53.06 Total Time: 24:25.30 1-5 Split: 41.73
6Thoreau High School (NM)214
1) Dallen Plummer4:53.9517
2) Tyrell Redhouse4:55.9522
3) Martin Smith5:04.7239
4) Tyson McDonald5:08.9647
5) Michael Martinez5:32.9889
Average Time: 5:07.31 Total Time: 25:36.56 1-5 Split: 39.03
6) Cordell Mariano5:33.4292
7Pecos High School (NM)224
1) Joshua DeHerrera4:49.0115
2) Dominic Cde Baca5:00.2130
3) Angel Varela5:16.9058
4) Issac Gonzales5:18.1560
5) Michael Montano5:18.4961
Average Time: 5:08.55 Total Time: 25:42.76 1-5 Split: 29.48
8St. Pius X High School (NM)235
1) Chad Nathe4:48.5314
2) Bryan Martinez5:00.7431
3) Izaiah Sedillo5:08.1945
4) Sam Apodaca5:17.3059
5) Neil Bitsie5:31.8386
Average Time: 5:09.32 Total Time: 25:46.59 1-5 Split: 43.30
6) Michael Hernandez5:33.2391
7) Santiago Montoya5:33.7696


New Mexico Small Schools Boys Rankings of Returning 3200 Runners (Top 8 Teams)

This more or less confirms that Taos is a team worthy of a spot on our small-school watch list. But, as we all knew going in, Albuquerque Academy is way ahead of the pack. It's entirely possible, and probably even likely, that Albuquerque Academy will once again be taking a spot in the regional championship race as a team. But, if not, they're an early favorite for the small school crown.


1Albuquerque Academy (NM)25
1) Jordan Lesansee9:16.851
2) A.j. Kedge9:43.363
3) Mark Harrington10:21.556
4) Julian Garcia10:23.107
5) Skyler Forman10:23.868
Average Time: 10:01.74 Total Time: 50:08.72 1-5 Split: 1:07.01
6) Julian Garcia10:37.9411
7) Mark Joseph10:49.8415
2Taos High School (NM)111
1) Simon Mount10:14.845
2) Theo Hummel10:58.8421
3) Pablo Archuleta11:09.2124
4) Rowan Kinney11:11.0827
5) Zack Trujillo11:32.5334
Average Time: 11:01.30 Total Time: 55:06.50 1-5 Split: 1:17.69
6) John Matz11:42.1141
7) John Esquibel12:07.2459
3Kirtland Central High School (NM)119
1) Kashon Harrison9:41.672
2) Jacob Hawkins10:43.5313
3) Tristen George10:57.6220
4) Osean Nez11:35.5237
5) Jarek Nez11:51.5447
Average Time: 10:57.98 Total Time: 54:49.88 1-5 Split: 2:09.87
6) Kendall Boyd13:03.7576
7) Layne Barton13:16.9578
4St. Pius X High School (NM)149
1) Chad Nathe10:55.2618
2) Bryan Martinez11:04.7023
3) Sam Apodaca11:30.2333
4) Izaiah Sedillo11:33.8035
5) Santiago Montoya11:41.8940
Average Time: 11:21.18 Total Time: 56:45.88 1-5 Split: 46.63
6) Neil Bitsie11:50.9746
5Aztec High School (NM)161
1) Dwight Barton10:34.829
2) Andrew Day10:57.0619
3) Timmy Smith11:15.9229
4) Quincy Diswood11:54.9551
5) Carson Collins11:59.2253
Average Time: 11:20.39 Total Time: 56:41.97 1-5 Split: 1:24.40
6) Derrick Lameman12:00.7757
7) Karl Diswood12:17.1562
6Thoreau High School (NM)178
1) Tyrell Redhouse10:53.1916
2) Dallen Plummer11:02.1322
3) Tyson McDonald11:27.1231
4) Martin Smith11:46.5443
5) Michael Martinez12:25.2766
Average Time: 11:30.85 Total Time: 57:34.25 1-5 Split: 1:32.08
6) Cordell Mariano12:45.6273
7Santa Fe Indian School (NM)189
1) Mike Tenorio10:01.844
2) Larry Rosetta11:20.1630
3) Julian Cata11:41.8839
4) Coby Quintana11:53.9449
5) Quinten Coriz12:26.2067
Average Time: 11:28.80 Total Time: 57:24.02 1-5 Split: 2:24.36
6) Stephen Reano12:42.1472
8Navajo Prep High School (NM)191
1) Cameron Becenti10:40.1312
2) Tyrease James11:35.4236
3) Rosadio Lee11:44.3142
4) Logan Reano11:47.6245
5) Trejan Clichae12:00.3956
Average Time: 11:33.57 Total Time: 57:47.87 1-5 Split: 1:20.26
6) Sincere Antonio13:10.0377
7) Kolten Nephew13:41.4682


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