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The Organ Mountain High cross country program finished up a stellar season with a strong showing at the state 5A championships Saturday, Nov. 6 at Albuquerque Academy.
The Knight boys took fourth place in the team completion and Brett Bybee took third place with a time of 16 minutes, 20.20 seconds over the 3.1-mile course.
In all, Organ Mountain had four boy runners finish in the top 22.
“Every cross country race this season was an opportunity to experience a life lesson, including the importance of teamwork, hard work, patience, goal setting, learning from our failures and dealing with and overcoming adversity,” said Organ Mountain coach David Nuñez. “This sport does not just develop runners, but people.”
Other top finishers for Organ Mountain were: Corbin Coombs, 15th, 17:18.81; Jeron Wisner, 16th, 17:18.82; and Jonathan Torres, 22nd, 17:37.59.
Matthew Krizek of Las Cruces High was 18th with a time of 17:30.98, and Dax Rios of Centennial High was 24th at 17:41.04. Centennial finished ninth in the team competition.
In the girls 5A championships, Organ Mountain finished 10th as a team. Josslynn Ochoa of Organ Mountain was the top Las Cruces area finisher in 38th place at 22:09.80. Mayfield’s Layla Lazarin had the second best local finish at 47th (22.59.25)
In the boys’ race, Organ Mountain’s third runner Andrew Parks fell about a half mile before the finish and was unable to complete the race, Nuñez said. He was treated by athletic trainers and was OK to ride back with the rest of the team to Las Cruces, the coach added.