Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Unbeaten Teams Set To Compete at Red Rock Today.(Sports)

Byline: Harold Smith For the Journal

CROSS COUNTRY

* Native Americans lead the charge for teams from Gallup and Zuni high schools

The undefeated all-Native American cross-country boys teams from Gallup and Zuni will risk their perfect records at a midseason showdown today at 11 a.m.

At Red Rock State Park near Gallup, the Class AAAAA Bengals and the Class A-AA Thunderbirds will go head to head at the 22-team Gallup Invitational.

Zuni and Gallup also will face Class AAAA's undefeated Albuquerque Academy boys.

Every varsity runner on the Gallup and Zuni boys teams have American Indian ancestry, says Bengals coach Curtis Williams and Thunderbirds coach Robert Torres.

Torres says Native American tradition is the foundation of Zuni's success. …

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