By Dave Burge
Organ Mountain High’s cross-country skiing program ended a stellar season with a strong performance in the 5A state championships on Saturday November 6th at the Albuquerque Academy.
The Knight Boys finished fourth in the team standings and Brett Bybee finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 20.20 seconds over the 3.1 mile route.
In total, Organ Mountain had four young runners in the top 22.
“Every cross-country race this season has been an opportunity to experience a life lesson including the importance of teamwork, hard work, patience, goal setting, learning from our mistakes and dealing with and overcoming adversity,” said Organ Mountain trainer David Nuñez. “This sport not only develops runners, it develops people.”
Other top finishers for Organ Mountain were: Corbin Coombs, 15th, 17:18.81; Jeron Wisner, 16., 17:18, 82; and Jonathan Torres, 22., 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 with 17: 41.04. Centennial finished ninth in the team competition.
Organ Mountain took 10th place as a team at the Girls 5A Championships. Organ Mountain’s Josslynn Ochoa was the best finisher in the Las Cruces Area in 38th place at 10:09:80 p.m. Mayfield’s Layla Lazarin had the second best local placement with place 47 (22:59:25).
In the boys’ race, Andrew Parks, the third runner from Organ Mountain, fell about half a mile from the finish and couldn’t finish the race, Nuñez said. He was treated by sports coaches and was able to go back to Las Cruces with the rest of the team, the coach added.