Santa Fe, N.M.) coach Allan Lockridge’s nickname, “The Legend”, is appropriate. Over 31 seasons, Lockridge has steered the Elk to eight state team titles and 10 individual champs, including reigning class 3A victor Jereme Santistevan.Pojoaque (
As one of New Mexico’s elite prep runners, Santistevan is training to defend his title on the dozens of trails located in Pojoaque’s backyard.
“We could run a different trail every day throughout the season and maybe get through all of them,” he said.
Santistevan, a senior, said his not-so-average training environment gives him a competitive edge. Below he shares why along with a few of his favorite trails.
What do you like most about your training environment?
Santistevan: There’s no driving to a park or to the mountains to get elevation. We have that along with the miles and different terrain in our backyard at Pojoaque. Everything in general about where we run is great. You can see part of the Rocky Mountains, Los Alamos National Laboratory and all of Pojoaque and Espanola Valleys
What’s an easy trail?
Santistevan: “Ben’s Trail” is easy for the most part – three miles round trip.
What’s one of your favorite trail runs?
Santistevan: “Back of the Horseshoe”. It’s challenging and you get a great workout. [There are] multiple ways to get back, which gives a good variety of different trail [experiences].
When you want to log serious miles, where do you run?
Santistevan: “Ronald’s Loop”, which is named after one of Lockridge’s former runners who was a state champion. The trail is about 14 miles, and you go through meadows and come back on a ridge.