RIO RANCHO – Pulling away from the pack is no small trick at the massive Rio Rancho Cross Country Jamboree. Nonetheless, Kashon Harrison and Amanda Mayoral pulled it off.
Harrison, a junior at Kirtland Central, and Mayoral, a senior at Cleveland, bolted to big early leads and took impressive victories in the respective boys and girls championship divisions Saturday at Rio Rancho High.
Harrison built a large enough lead to fend off Volcano Vista’s Jericho Cleveland by 5 seconds, while Mayoral continued to build her margin all the way to the finish line. She came across 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Jasmine Turtle-Morales of Eldorado.
Both Harrison and Mayoral hold course records on the hilly course that winds through and around Rio Rancho’s campus. The high school state championship meet will be held there on Nov. 4.