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Sanchez 2nd-Team All-State for Jaguars
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Sanchez 2nd-Team All-State for Jaguars

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RENO — Just one team from Elko County qualified for the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Cross Country Championships, but plenty of local athletes competed on the final day of the season.

Boys

On Saturday, at Rancho San Rafael Park, in Reno, the West Wendover Wolverines ranked fifth among six teams — the top-three from the North and South — scoring 84 points.

Individually, Jackpot senior Hugo Sanchez — an individual qualifier — ended his high school cross country career with a 2nd-Team All-State performance.

With a time of 18:47, Sanchez paced Elko County’s runners and locked down the last 2nd-Team All-State nod in 14th place.

He was followed in 17th place by sophomore teammate Hector Ontiveros’ time of 19:01.

West Wendover junior Omar Rodriguez and senior teammate Zach Smith led the Wolverines — finishing back-to-back in 23rd and 24th — Rodriguez clocking in at 19:55 and Smith following closely on his heels in 19:56.

Senior Johnny Mendoza crossed third for the Wolverines and 38th overall with a time of 22:02, freshman teammate Aaron Rodriguez notching a 22:19 for 40th.

In 44th, junior Cristian Rodriguez posted a time of 23:17 and capped the team scoring for the Wolverines — sophomore Brian Velasco rounding out West Wendover’s roster in 26:21 for 49th place.

Girls

Three Elko County girls qualified as individuals for the 1A-2A state meet, two from Wells and the other from West Wendover.

Wells junior Zion McKay paced the local efforts with a time of 25:23 for 21st place.

In 25th, West Wendover sophomore Martha Pantelakis crossed with a sub-26 time of 25:59.

Also for the Lady Leopards, junior Liliana Cobian closed the local runs with a time of 26:21 for 29th place.

Finish Line

Congratulations to West Wendover’s boys for notching a team qualification to the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Cross Country Championships, Jackpot’s Hugo Sanchez for surging his way to a 2nd-Team All-State performance and to all athletes who worked their ways for individual qualifications to the biggest race of the season.

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In the final regular-season runs for many varsity cross country athletes, tune-ups were made by some and other rested their bodies — small-school and junior varsity runners extending their meets — prepping for the home stretch of the year.

Jackpot’s all-state sophomore is running hard, running well. Hector Ontiveros, as he has done all season, is leading the Jaguars everywhere they compete — also legging out finishes ahead of most athletes from other programs.

Sophomore Hector Ontiveros and senior Hugo Sanchez led the Jaguars with season records at the Bob Firman Invitational. Jackpot and West Wendover will makes their next runs Thursday during the Dani Bates Invitational, at Canyon Springs Golf Course, in Twin Falls, Idaho.

After competing Friday during the Wood River Invite, in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Wells and Owyhee cross country teams tested their legs Tuesday on the rugged terrain of the Magic Mountain Invitational, in Kimberly, Idaho, senior Matthew James climbing the hills and the standings for the Leopards.

The mid-season push is on the horizon for the Jackpot, Wells and Owyhee cross country teams. Take a look at how the athletes are shaping up for a run at state. Here are the results of the 1A-2A classes during the Wood River Invite.

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