By Sam Conner
The Winslow High School boys’ cross country team competed in the prestigious Conley Invitational Meet held Oct. 13 at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Tempe. Only the top 20 cross country teams and the top 10 individuals are invited to compete. The terrain included grassy hills, gravel canal road, concrete and asphalt.
The Bulldogs finished 16th out of 18 teams entered. Below them were Brophy in 17th place and Hamilton in 18th. Rio Rico High School finished first and Tuba City followed in second place. Besides Tuba City, which competes in Winslow’s division and section, Page came in seventh; Hopi, 12th; and Chinle, 14th.
Winslow boys who competed were John Hoskie, who finished the course in 17:21; Kevin Decker, 17:22; Austin Tsosie, 17:25; DeSean Spencer, 17:52; Milland Thomas, 17:58; Trevor Begay, 19:10; and Calvin Spencer, 19:28.
Speaking for her entire staff, Coach Terri Little said, “As coaches, we are very proud of the efforts these athletes put into their workouts and sport every day. Our section alone ranks us with the best teams in D-III! Currently, Chinle is seventh; Winslow, fifth; Page, fourth; and Tuba City, second.”
The day prior to the Conley Invitational, Winslow competed at the Bud Davis Meet in Tuba City. The varsity boys did not compete in this event so they could save their legs for Conley.
The varsity girls’ team placed fifth out of seven teams. The Mingus varsity girls arrived in first place, fol-lowed by Ganado, Tuba City and Monument Valley.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Aaliyah Lewis, whose time of 21:55 was good for 19th place and a medal.
The weather turned after the varsity girls started their race; it was cold, rainy and windy.
“Most of these kids had heard the stories of TC Hill and couldn’t wait to see if it really was as tough as they heard. Later, they said it wasn’t so bad,” said the coach.
The WHS junior varsity boys and girls placed first in their divisions.
Jayvee individual awards went to Nicole Lee, who placed third in 24:28; Presley Dickson, fourth in 24:33; Shalyn Joe, fifth in 24:54; Tierra Begay, sixth in 24:56; Kiyanna Honani, seventh in 25:53; Michaela Bia, eighth in 25:55; Alicia Chen, ninth in 26:13; AJ Tappto, 12th in 26:38; Nicole Barton, 13th in 27:19; and Shayla Long, 14th in 27:40.
Junior varsity boys winning medals were Matt Honvantewa, who placed fourth in 18:17; Gerod Cook, fifth in 18:58; Harvey Pete, sixth in 19:04; Andre Guye, eighth in 19:19; Kordell McReeves, ninth in 19:23; and Marcus Dickson, 10th in 19:45.
The WHS teams also performed well at the Holbrook Invitational Meet on Oct. 19.
The Winslow boys finished third among 21 teams competing. Tuba City was first followed by Hopi, two of the best cross country teams in the state.
The Winslow girls finished 10th among 17 teams competing. Flagstaff won the girls’ competition and Page was second.
John Hoskie and DeSean Spencer both received medals for their individual performances in the 145-runner field. Hoskie was 14th with a time of 17.40 and Spencer DeSean was 17th in 17:48.
There were 126 varsity girls entered and Aaliyah Lewis placed 39th for Winslow with a time of 22:31.
The junior varsity boys posted an impressive third place finish in the field of 11 teams with a total of 134 runners. Chinle was first and Hopi was second. Trevor Begay placed eighth in 19:05, earning an individual medal.
The junior varsity girls finished in fifth place among nine teams. Flagstaff won the event and Hopi was second. Tierra Begay was in 20th place in a field of 108 runners with a time of 25:00. The varsity boys and girls will be competing for a ticket to state in the Division I Sectional scheduled today (Oct. 26) at Hidden Cove Golf Course in Holbrook.
The varsity boys’ team includes junior Trevor Begay, junior Kevin Decker, senior Matt Honvantewa, senior John Hoskie, junior Milland Thomas, sophomore DeSean Spencer, junior Austin Tsosie and acting as alter-nate, junior Calvin Spencer.
The varsity girls’ team includes freshman Jasmine Barton, sophomore Tierra Begay, senior Michelle Crow-feather, sophomore Brittnay Curley, junior Nicole Lee, sophomore Aaliyah Lewis, freshman Dalisa Yellow-hair and acting as alternate, junior Kennyshia Jensen.
By Sam Conner