Page High School’s boys cross-country team placed second at the 3A state championship meet Saturday.
Salpointe Catholic High School took first place, with 46 points, the Sand Devils had 126 points and Shadow Mountain finished third with 162 points. The meet was held in Cave Creek, Arizona.
Colton Yazzie had the best finish of the Page runners, coming in 16th place with a time of 17:17.80.
Runnin’ Devils Cody Slim placed 24th, Tanner Dugi placed 25th, Hunter Jensen placed 35th, Gavyn Begay placed 49th, Joshua Sandoval placed 64th and Elijah Reed Placed 81st.
For the Page Girls Runnin’ Devils, one runner, Jade Reid, qualified to run at the state championship meet. She placed ninth at the competition with a time of 20:30.50.
“I think the guys ran well,” said cross-country assistant coach Tim Martin. “We could have done better, but the team that won was amazing. They were a whole different level than us. They packed four runners in the top 10. For us, Cody Slim ran well, Tanner [Dugi] ran well and Hunter [Jensen] ran well, I thought.”
Coach Martin described the Runnin’ Devils season as a roller coaster.
“They were running good early and then they started having injuries, sicknesses and boys staying out to quarantine for COVID,” said Coach Martin. “But I think they ended on a high note.”
Next year, the Runnin’ Devils will lose five seniors but will gain four quality freshmen runners, all of whom competed well at the eighth grade level this year and brought home the NAIC championship for Page Middle School.