No Surprises – Reservation Schools Rule

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Just as most everyone anticipated, the Northern Arizona reservation cross country teams continued their domination of the postseason sectional championships.

Competing in the Division III, Section I finals at Hidden Cove Golf Course in Holbrook, Chinle finished first in the boys division with a meet low 48 points.

Chinle’s greatest competition came from the Tuba City Warriors, a fellow reservation school, which finished second with 53 points.

Among the girls, Chinle ran to first with a 50-point scorecard that bested runner-up Page’s 55 tally.

Window Rock, also a reservation school, was sixth at 163.

In the boys competition, a shorthanded Payson team did not receive a team score because it did not field the minimum number of runners required.

The Lady Longhorns, who were besieged during the practice week with a myriad of problems, were 12th with 296 points.

Individually for the girls, Rolanda Jumbo — almost a legend in prep running circles — won the title, covering the 5K course in a sizzling 19:05.12.

Her time easily eclipsed the 20:25.08 turned in by runner-up Kailee Birdinground of Tuba City.

Chinle junior Deriann Yazzie was third in 20:39.30.

For the Lady Longhorns, Ashley Spear was 42nd in the 81-runner field, finishing in 23:13.54.

With a clocking of 23:49.25, Sarah Cluff took 47th overall.

In 55th at 24:20.04, was Payson’s McKyla McCrary.

Also representing the Lady Horns were Katie Schouten (73rd; 26:21.42) and Hannah Suar (79th; 28:33.16).

Among the Payson boys running, freshman Ryland Wala was 79th (22:09.9), Kenneth Nyhus took 82nd (22:31.17) and Niyai Curi was 83rd (22:42.15).

A field of 86 runners competed.

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