The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
It's back! Let's take a quick tour around the region to see what's news in cross country around the five states of the Southwest region. As per the norm, we would start with Nevada except that it's getting to be very difficult to extract results out of the Silver State.
I wasn't able to find anything that included results for teams like Centennial, Damonte Ranch, Spanish Springs, or Reno (at least the varsity squads for these teams).
So, with that effort falling on hard times, we move things forward to Arizona.
With Desert Twilight running on September 29, Arizona teams were in a bit of a recovery mode this weekend.
Cesar Chavez Classic
Chandler didn't quite go with full varsity squads, but what they did send was more than enough to quell the ambitions any other teams might have had of coming out of here with team titles. Based on Desert Twilight, the Chandler girls look like the #1 team in Arizona right now, and the performance here did nothing the dispel that idea.
Sandra Day O'Connor dominated the boys side their own home invitational. I don't know much about the course, but times would indicate it runs a little on the side of slow (that, or it could have been that heat slowed things down). I didn't see a lot in the results here, though, that rises to the level of regional importance.
In the northern third of the state, the vast area of mostly Navajo tribal lands, Page dominated the boys side of the meet and Ganado the girls. This, however, is not a fast course. You just need to discount the times here and acknowledge that Page will be bringing a powerhouse boys team to the state meet in another month. Ganado's girls are formidable, but perhaps not quite as dominant as the Page boys. Page did not run a girls team here, so we missed an opportunity to get a read on Ganado versus Page.