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Weather mars Organ Mountain invitational cross country meet


The weather may not have cooperated but the Organ Mountain High School cross country program was still able to get the varsity races in on Saturday, Sept. 25 when it hosted its own Rob Winter Classic meet.

The boys’ varsity race was delayed for about an hour because of lightning. Then, another lightning delay was called before the girls races and the junior varsity/open races.

After a downpour, the JV/open races were canceled because of standing water on the course and the impact it had on footing, Organ Mountain Coach David Nunez said.

In the boys’ varsity race, Organ Mountain finished second in the team competition behind El Paso Franklin.

The Knights’ Brett Bybee took fourth in the boys varsity with a time of 16 minutes, 19.03 seconds over 3.1 miles.

Teammate Jeron Wisner was fifth (16:23.74) and Andrew Parks was 11th (16:47.69). Luis Pastor of El Paso Coronado was the top boy finisher at 15:26.95.

Also for Organ Mountain, Corbin Coombs was 13th and Jonathan Torres was 19th.

Dax Rios of Centennial was 17th.

Centennial was fifth and Las Cruces eighth in the boys varsity team competition.

In girls varsity, Jossyln Ochoa of Organ Mountain took 11th place at 20:36.37.

Maykalia Hill of Organ Mountain was 23rd and Mayfield’s Layla Lazarin was 26th.

Organ Mountain finished in fifth in the girls varsity team competition. El Paso Franklin was the girls team winner. Las Cruces, Centennial and Mayfield finished seventh through ninth, respectively.

“I thought the varsity boys and girls for our Organ Mountain program did an amazing job against some very tough El Paso and New Mexico competition,” Nunez said. “Special thanks to our wonderful cross country parents, (Organ Mountain) Athletic Director Louie Lucero, (Assistant Principal) Dennis Padilla and sponsors for all their help and support.”