Ganado, Navajo Prep harriers tabbed ROY
(Editor’s note: The Navajo Times All-Stars for football will be released in next week’s issue.)
Of all the races he’s won, Ganado harrier Micah Slivers showed how strong his kick is by winning the Arizona Division III state meet.
Slivers chased down Tucson Salpointe Catholic runner Michael Urbanski, the Division III favorite, in the home stretch of the D3 state race at the Cave Creek Golf Course last month.
Slivers captured the state crown in 15 minutes, 55.1 seconds, while Urbanski was clocked in at 15:58.2.
With that scintillating finish, the Ganado senior was named the Times’ Runner of the Year, and he shares that honor with Navajo Prep’s Devin Lansing.
“I didn’t expect this,” Slivers said. “It’s an honor to be runner of the year, and I couldn’t have done this without my supporters, my family, my coaches, and my teammates. They pushed me throughout the season, and they helped me out along the way.”
Slivers, who has yet to sign, captured six individual crowns this season, which includes the Rio Rancho Jamboree and the Bud Davis Invitational.
“I want to make sure I make the right decision,” Slivers said of his college choice.
At the New Mexico state cross-country meet, Lansing was the area’s top placer as he took second in the Class 3A race, which came down to the wire between three runners.
Cottonwood Classical Prep senior Maximo Brito held off an intense challenge from Devin Lansing and Zuni senior Alec Lastyano.
Only .16 of a second separated all three at the tape.
Brito crossed in 16:43.17 over the 5K course, just nipping Lansing with a 16:43.22 and Lastyano with a 16:43.33.
“I was sick at the Extravaganza, and I was sick at state last year,” said Lansing, who placed fourth at state a year ago despite being sick. “I was pretty good today, bring my A game, so I brought it.”
Lansing said he had a solid start.
“I was trying to conserve,” he said while pointing out he didn’t want to start too fast and then die out later.
“My pace carried me,” he said.
The recipients for coach of the year went to longtime Zuni coach Chris Carroll and Page’s Tim Martin.
Page won the school’s 18th state crown behind an eighth- and tenth-place finish from freshman Symond Martin and senior Quentin Davis.
“I’m just proud of the boys,” Martin said. “They were picked to win, and they came in and showed that they are the best in D3, so I’m proud of them.”
To complete the team score, the Sand Devils had senior Tanner Dugi in at 22nd, junior Elijah Reed at 33rd, and senior Gavyn Begay at 49th.
“They knew where they had to be,” Martin said of his team’s focus. “We practiced the last couple of weeks running on rolling hills, so I think they were prepared for this.
“They executed perfectly,” he added.
At the 3A state meet, Zuni secured another blue trophy under Carroll.
The T-Birds packed their first four runners in the top 10 to easily capture their latest blue trophy with 35 points. It was more than double state runner-up Cottonwood Classical Prep with 73 points.
The title last month was the school’s 21st.
“It’s an honor being coach of the year, but I also think that it’s not my coach of the year,” Carroll said. “I always like to share my coach to the year with all my coaches. You know, we’re all a team, and there’s years that I have given my award to my assistant coaches because they’re just as important as I am on the field.”
As for their state title, Carroll said the focus this year was learning how to win.
“When we ran in 2021, we were coming off Covid, and we missed a year,” Carroll said. “I noticed the kids were running differently. I felt like last year’s team ran not to lose, and this year we focused on running to win.
“That’s the attitude we had the entire season,” he added. “It was evident at the state championships because we won by a healthy margin.”
Noah Higgins, Aztec
Tylon Tsosie, Crownpoint
Jordan Harrison, Crownpoint
Tristan Xicohtencatl, Chinle
Stephan Antone, Chinle
Clayton Chavez, Cuba
Isaiah Reval, Dulce
Bob Harrison, Dulce
Shaydon Begay, Flagstaff
Elijah Talkali, Flagstaff
Theodore Roundface, Gallup
Dwight Spencer, Gallup
Micah Slivers, Ganado
Cauy Curley, Ganado
Jayden Smith, Ganado
Garrett Fowler, Greyhills Academy
Shereef McKinney, Hopi
Duwron Tawvaya, Hopi
Arlin Numkena, Hopi
Leyton Tom, Holbrook
Kenneth Nez, Holbrook
Milan Waquie, Jemez Valley
Savion Toya, Jemez Valley
Dathan Esson, Kirtland Central
Raymond Hunt, Kirtland Central
Tagoya Pedro, Laguna-Acoma
Sheldon Cheromiah, Lagurna-Acoma
Aidan Kazhe-Chino, Laguna-Acoma
Justin Yazzie, Many Farms
Luke James, Miyamura
Matthew Curley, Monument Valley
Josiah Gipe, Monument Valley, Utah
Gentry Arthur, Navajo Pine
Devin Lansing, Navajo Prep
Aaron Mike, Navajo Prep
Mac Cousens, Navajo Prep
Deonquentin Begay, Newcomb
Jermaine Belone, Newcomb
Deaken Begay, Newcomb
Symond Martin, Page
Quentin Davis, Page
Tanner Dugi, Page
Elijah Reed, Page
Gavyn Begay, Page
Seth Leslie, Piedra Vista
Anthony Murillo, Piedra Vista
Shoshane Nez, Pine Hill
Marcus Klah, Piñon
Adrian Begay, Piñon
Charles Lynch, Rehoboth Christian
Evan Toddy, Rehoboth Christian
Alias Begay, Rock Point
To’aheedliinii Bahozhoni, Rock Point
Zyon Tsosie, Rock Point
Kyran Benavidez, Rock Point
Matthew Valencia, Santa Fe Indian
Logan Pioche, Shiprock
Nevaughn Begay, Shiprock
Kyler Williams, St. Michael
LaDainian Morris, St. Michael
Briley Dauphinais, Tohatchi
Jared Peterson, Tohatchi
Ian Silversmith, Thoreau
Joshua Begay, Valley
Ethan Begay, Whitehorse
Ryan Kee, Window Rock
Bearren Kee, Window Rock
Tommy Bernal, Wingate
Jace Coochwikvia, Winslow
Alec Lastyano, Zuni
Andrew Romancito, Zuni
Deron Lastyano, Zuni
Aaron Lehi, Zuni
Kiohn Duran, Zuni