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Rio Rancho Jamboree

Ganado runner places third in tight race

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi | Navajo Times Ganado High School runner Daangoiina Haven (right) tries to keep up with Belen High School’s Arena Lewis (left) during the championship girl’s race at the Rio Rancho Jamboree held Oct. 17. Haven came in third behind Lewis.

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi | Navajo Times
Ganado High School runner Daangoiina Haven (right) tries to keep up with Belen High School’s Arena Lewis (left) during the championship girl’s race at the Rio Rancho Jamboree held Oct. 17. Haven came in third behind Lewis.

RIO RANCHO, N.M.

Some runners don’t look forward to having to race their opponent neck-and-neck down the final stretch, but Ganado High School senior Daangoiina Haven thrives on it.

Haven ran elbow-to-elbow with Belen High School’s Arena Lewis for about 10 meters but fell short at the finish line at the Rio Rancho Jamboree on Saturday.

Haven finished in third place in the girl’s championship race that featured the top runners but she was ecstatic with her performance, specifically her finish.

“I started my sprint and then you could just hear the crowd all screaming. I was coming up right behind her (and) we got shoulder-to-shoulder but she was one step ahead of me,” Haven said. “I’m very pleased. I really want to finish like that at all my races.”

The Ganado senior said having a finish like that increases the likelihood of her shaving off some time off her race.

Sue Cleveland High School sophomore Amanda Mayoral won the Jamboree as she crossed the finish line in 18:30.94. Lewis came in second with a time of 18:45.50 followed by Haven in third at 18:45.75.

Other top local finishers included Window Rock High School’s Chamique DuBoise, who finished in fifth position with a time of 19:08.95 and Kirtland Central High School freshman LaKyla Yazzie in ninth place with a time of 19:20.56.


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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.