RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Cleveland Invitational cross country meet was held on Saturday morning. 30 teams competed, which is the most the event has ever hosted.


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Volcano Vista finished first for the boys, however Sandia’s Steven West was the standout of the race. The senior finished first with a time of 15:37.

“I did not think I was going to win that with them like 15 seconds ahead or something,” West said. “So, yeah I was expecting to get a better time by trying to catch them, but I wasn’t actually expecting to catch them, so when I caught them I was like yes lets go.”

Volcano Vista also finished first as a team for the girls, but Albuquerque High’s Dani Figueroa finished first as an an individual. The sophomore finished with a time of 19:33.

“I mean I started to make my move at the bottom of the hill back there and then I was just racing with the Los Alamos girl rest I guess,” said Figueroa.