Cross country

New Mexico Girls Cross Country ROY: Malia Gonzales

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THE WINNER: Malia Gonzales


School: Sue Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-1

Athletic achievement: She raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:59.4, leading the Storm to second place as a team. Gonzales also won the Metro Championships, the Socorro Invitational, the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, the Los Alamos Invitational and the District 1 Championships.

Academic excellence: Gonzales has maintained a 3.48 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Key Club and also a peer tutor, she has volunteered locally assisting children with special needs.  


“Malia was able to avoid injury this year and had a season to remember,” said Sue Cleveland head coach Kenny Henry. “Her performances have been invaluable to our team’s success, but I believe her attitude and behavior have been even more valuable, because she has created a model that hopefully others will follow.”

THE FUTURE: Gonzales remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
New Mexico Girls Cross Country ROY: Malia Gonzales
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