Cross Country Teams Division Champs!


Cross Country teams after earning Division Championships on Saturday, October 19. Photo by Sergio Segura

Thor's Hammer Staff

Congratulations to both the boys and girls cross country teams at Valley on their division championship titles on October 19, at Basic Academy of International Studies.


The girls’ team won this title for the last four years, while the boys’ team won three out of the last four.  The athletes work hard throughout each week to reach these goals.


“Attitudes are contagious, and when they are being supportive of each other, it makes it easier to get through whatever challenge they are facing,” Head Coach Sergio Segura explains.  


Christian Franklin won the overall men’s race becoming the individual division champion, setting a course record and a new Valley school record for 3.1 miles.


“The main thing that was going through my head is don’t settle for less; keep pushing the pace and always do good, always do better,” Christian Franklin states.  He adds, “Never let it rest because gold is always the best.”


On the All-Division team and medaling in their races, Franklin came in first, Donovan Jones third, and Christian Howe seventh.  Anaelly Manzana came in second, Kelly Carranza third, Brenda Garcia fourth, Yatziry Urrutia fifth, and Teresa Galan ninth.


This title follows a strong showing at the Lake Mead Cross Country Invitational on October 5, at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Boulder City, NV.  The girls placed third out of seven teams, and the boys placed second out of 14 teams.  

Cross Country teams after Lake Mead Invitational at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boulder City, NV on October 5th.

“Christian Franklin and Donovan Jones placed first and fourth individually, and Anaelly Manzano finished in the top ten” Segura states, adding “After this race the boys and girls [were] ranked first in Division, and second and third in the region.”


On November 2nd, both teams will be competing for the Southern Nevada Regional Championship being held at Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City. This race also serves as the qualifier for the State Championship being held at Rancho San Rafael in Reno, NV.  


“Only the top three teams from the south will qualify, and if we make it as a team, this will be the second year in a row we participate in this prestigious race,” Segura adds.  “It’s been more than a decade since Valley has had full teams compete at the State championship, which makes it very exciting.”