Lady Wildcats repeat in District 4-5A

CARLSBAD — Clovis High's cross country teams couldn't pull off a sweep in Friday's District 4-5A meet, but they felt good about their performances anyway.

The Lady Wildcats put four runners in the top five to successfully defend their team title with 21 points, followed by Hobbs with 41 and Carlsbad with 72. As expected, though, the Hobbs boys were too tough and won with 23 points to 46 for the Wildcats and 67 for the host Cavemen.

Senior Brittany Collins cruised to the girls individual title in a time of 20 minutes, 14 seconds over the 5-kilometer course. Freshman Samantha Meza (21:02), eighth-grader Jaci Sievers (21:10) and junior Rebekah Gallop (21:35) gave Clovis a 1-2-3-5 finish.

"The girls showed up to run, and it was cool to watch," CHS coach Mike Hankins said. "Brittany led start to finish. I challenged those three girls to finish 1-2-3, and that's what they did."

Eighth-grader Emily Chappelear finished 10th for t he Lady Cats in 22:28. Hankins said the team victory was the fourth for the Lady Cats this season, adding: "I've never had a girls team do that," he said.

For the boys, senior Chase Beausoleil finished a strong second in a time of 17:09, behind Hobbs senior Seraiah Pineda's winning mark of 16:33. Junior Max Santarosa was third for the Cats in 17:20, while senior Kyle Carson was 10th in 18:11.

"We ran well today, top to bottom," CHS coach Mike Hankins said. "I told our boys (beforehand), 'Make (Hobbs) beat you.

"Chase really ran well, and Max ran the best race he's ever run."

Hobbs was simply too strong, Hankins said.

"Hats off to the Hobbs team," he said. "Next week, I'd love to see Chase in the top 10 (in Class 5A state competition at Rio Rancho)."

Hankins said Clovis assistant Billie Merritt was chosen the district girls coach of the year, while Hobbs assistant Karen Jackson took that honor on the boys side.

The 5A boys meet is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the girls race for 2:30 p.m. next Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.

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