Cross Country Roundup
Local 11-05-21 CC to state Cross country teams run at state meet For the Carlsbad boys and girls cross country teams, last week's District 5A Championship meet in Roswell was a most productive one. As a result of their performances there the Cavemen, who finished third, qualified its top six runners to compete in this year's state tournament. The Cavegirls, who placed fourth, qualified three. The state championship meet will take place at Albuquerque Academy on Saturday, Nov. 6. Boys competition will take place at 2:30 with the girls following at 3:15. Turning in Carlsbad's top performance at district was Cavegirl junior Mikayla Jefferson. Jefferson, who qualified for Saturday's state meet with a time of 21:54, placed fourth. Her effort also earned her All-District honors. "Mikayla has consistently been our top girl runner all season long," said CHS cross country coach Leisha Young. "She shows up every day ready to work hard and get better. She's such a pleasure to coach." "She's been waiting patiently, since the eighth grade, to make our varsity squad," said Young. "She's definitely taken advantage of her opportunity this year with some amazing results. At our Organ Mt. meet in Las Cruces, in a field of 98, she finished in the top twenty. Now she's headed to state." Cavegirl seniors RaeAnn Carrasco and Kennedy Johns also qualified for state at the District 5A meet. Carrasco placed eleventh after turning in a time of 23:07. Johns, with a time of 23:19.20, finished twelfth. Leading the Cavemen's effort at district, to qualify for state as a team, was freshman Isaac Williamson. Williamson, who was clocked at 18:22, placed eleventh. Other Cavemen qualifiers were eighth grader Liam Nelson-11th 18:33, sophomore Luke Peters-14th 18:45, freshman Sawyer Johnson-15th 18:50, senior Rafael Espinosa-16th 18:55 and senior Jeffrey Lara-19th 19:35. "Practice has gone well this week with everybody focusing on running their best at this weekend's state meet," said coach Young. "But for the most part we've been kind of laid back. This week has mostly been about preparing for, and running in, Saturday's state meet."
"It going to be a big event for our kids," said the CHS coach. "They've worked hard to get to this point in our season and I'm so proud of them all. Now it's time for them enjoy the moment, have fun and just run. "Hobbs won this year's boys district title by posting a meet low 23 points. Runner up honors went out to Clovis with 49. The Cavemen, with 69 points placed third while the Roswell Coyotes, with 74 points finished fourth. Picking up this year's District 5A girls title were the Hobbs Eagles with 32 points while the Roswell Coyotes, with 57, placed second. The Clovis Wildcats, just one point behind Roswell with 58, took third. Carlsbad, with 70 points, finished fourth. From the Local-Good Luck Cavemen and Cavegirls! CHS District 5A Meet Results Cavemen: 11. Isaac Williamson 18:22, 13. Liam Nelson 18:33, 14. Luke Peters 18:45, 15. Sawyer Johnson 18:50, 16. Rafael Espinoza 18:55, 19. Jeffrey Lara 19:35, 28. Clifford Fell 21:41 and 32. Cougar Keeler 23.42.Cavegirls: 4. Mikayla Jefferson 21:54, 11. RaeAnn Carrasco 23:07, 12. Kennedy Johns 23:19, 20. Anahi Barrera 25:16, 24. Emily Glissen 26.20 and 26. Michaleigh Deanda 26:50