Not long after the state cross country championships had finished on Nov. 9, somewhere on U.S. 550 between Rio Rancho and Farmington, the members of the Piedra Vista boys squad hunkered down in the back of their team bus to see for themselves.
Earlier in the day, they had heard from a few first-hand observers that Piedra Vista senior Triston Charles had placed first in a super-tight finish with Clovis junior Jerrick Maldonado for the Class 5A state championship at Rio Rancho High. But Charles wasn’t declared the winner.
The problem? A chip malfunction, which led to Maldonado being named the champ, with Charles in second place.