RIO RANCHO — Leah Futey doesn’t necessarily have to indulge in messaging, not with her fantastic resume, but she does it anyway.
“I’m really excited to see how it turns out,” she said.
The stellar Cleveland High School senior cross-country runner, who dominated in a win at the University of New Mexico Invitational a week ago, followed that performance up with another terrific run on Saturday. morning at the Rio Rancho Jamboree, one of the largest gatherings in New Mexico.
Futey completed the 5-kilometer course at Rio Rancho High School in 18 minutes and 49.9 seconds. It took almost 90 seconds before second-placed Storm senior Eliana Rivera reached the finish line (20:19.0).
“Honestly, I’ve looked up to him since my eighth year,” Rivera said. “Everyone knows who Leah Futey is. She seems unreachable.
Futey missed the first two weeks of the season with a sprained ankle but picked up two wins in her two encounters, and she looked as strong as ever on Saturday.
She opened up a 30-second lead less than a mile into the race and gradually widened the gap. She won by a similar time margin at the UNM North golf course a week earlier.
“It’s kind of been my goal this season to go as far as I can, to try and get my times faster,” Futey said. “And I feel a lot better this season, and everything has gone well.”
Led by Futey and Rivera, Cleveland won the tag team title in either the Championship or Elite Division. The Storm scored 62 points, 14 less than Rio Rancho. Volcano Vista (92) finished third.
Rio Rancho’s Violet Francisco, Volcano Vista’s Carysa Marquez and Miyamura’s Lorianna Piestewa rounded out the top five individually.
Micah Silvers of Ganado, Arizona won the boys’ championship race, though he had to withstand a furious rally from Rio Rancho High sophomore Mateo Herrera over the final 100 meters in a thrilling sprint until arrival.
Silvers took the lead midway through the race and finished in 16:39.9. Herrera’s time was 16:40.1. Orion Chavez of Volcano Vista, Lucas Williams of Laguna-Acoma and Cody Sullivan of the Rams were in the 3-5 spots, respectively.
Rio Rancho, with five riders in the top 10, clinched the team title. As with the Women’s Championship Division, District 1-5A swept the top three. Rio Rancho’s 34 points were by far the best, followed by Volcano Vista (66) and Cleveland (83).
VARSITY DIVISIONS: There was a second-tier race, the “college” division, won by the Pojoaque Valley boys and the Santa Fe Indian School girls.
The individual winners were Maxwell’s Tristan Pierce (17:38.8) and SFIS’ Destiny Chino (21:38.3). Israel Garcia of Del Norte finished second in the boys.
Rio Rancho Jamboree
Saturday – Rio Rancho HS
Team: Rio Rancho 34, Volcano Vista 66, Cleveland 83, La Cueva 162, Ganado, Arizona, 173, Laguna-Acoma 183, Cottonwood Classical Prep 232, Pecos 235, Gallup 243, Hope Christian 269.
Individual: 1, Micah Silvers, Ganado, AR, 16:39.9; 2, Mateo Herrera, Rio Rancho, 16:40.1; 3, Orion Chavez, Volcano Vista, 16:48.4; 4, Lucas Williams, Laguna-Acoma, 16:53.7; 5, Cody Sullivan, Rio Rancho, 16:54.0.
Team: Pojoaque Valley 87, Cimarron 135, Maxwell 142, Grants 174, Taos 202, East Mountain 207, Mesa Vista 210, Bloomfield 222, Santa Fe Prep 244, Rio Grande 249.
Individual: 1, Tristan Pierce, Maxwell, 17:38.8; 2, Israel Garcia, DelNorte, 17:57.4; 3, Judah Daffron, Taos, 18;07.8; 4, Ashkii Secatero, West Mesa, 18:21.0; 5, Benjamin Duran, Pojoaque Valley, 18:44.3.
Team: Cleveland 62, Rio Rancho 76, Volcano Vista 92, Ganado, Arizona, 123, Cottonwood Classical Prep 146, La Cueva 182, Taos 206, Gallup 220, Farmington 241, Peñasco 264.
Individual: 1, Leah Futey, Cleveland, 18:49.9; 2, Eliana Rivera, Cleveland, 20:19.0; 3, Violet Francisco, Rio Rancho, 20:23.9; 4, Carysa Marquez, Volcano Vista, 20:26.3; 5, Lorianna Piestewa, Miyamura, 20:29.6.
Team: Santa Fe Indian 27, Pojoaque Valley 64, Santa Rosa 117, Jemez Valley 135, Grants 141, East Mountani 167, Pecos 188, Legacy Academy 189, NACA 207, Cimarron 212.
Individual: 1, Destiny Chino, SFIS, 21:38.3; 2, Destiny Marquez, SFIS, 21:55.3; 3, Laila Martinez, Grants, 22:21.6; 4, Elizabeth Towles, Pojoaque Valley, 22:24.1; 5, Aubrey Cordova, McCurdy, 22:25.6.