Lady Cats cruise to District 4-5A cross country title

CMI staff

HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls were nearly perfect on Friday. Hobbs’ boys were as well.

Both teams were easy winners in District 4-5A cross country competition. The CHS girls ran 1-2-4-5-7 for a score of 19 points to 48 for Hobbs and 67 for Carlsbad.

Meantime, the Eagles went 1-2-3-5-6 for 17 points to 55 for Carlsbad and 62 for the Wildcats.

Senior Rebekah Gallop led the charge for the Lady Wildcats, covering the three-mile course in a time of 19 minutes, 20 seconds to beat out teammate Samantha Meza by 11 seconds.

Afterwards, Gallop was headed to St. George, Utah, for a weekend band competition.

“It was good to be able to get that worked out, because we knew she had a chance to be a district champion,” CHS cross country coach Mike Hankins said. “It was a great team effort; 19 points is nothing to shake your head at.”

For the boys, senior Max Santarosa was the only thing keeping Hobbs from a perfect score of 15, finishing fourth in a time of 16:14. Hobbs’ Sammy Carrasco won it in 15:45.

“Max ran great today,” Hankins said. “I can’t say enough about how hard the guys work for us.”

Clovis squads will be in Rio Rancho next Saturday for Class 5A state competition, where the girls finished sixth and the boys ninth last year.

The girls are hoping to improve on that finish in next week’s Class 5A state competition at Rio Rancho, although they know they’ll be challenged by a number of Albuquerque-area schools. The 5A girls run at 11 a.m. with the 5A boys competing at 1:35 p.m.

“We’d like to get a trophy (top-three team finish),” Hankins said. “That’s one of the goals we’ll have next week.”

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