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Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint NM 87313

Phone: 505.786.4100
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PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
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540 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
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67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
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Freshmen runners Sheylese Tsabetsaye (front left) and Shada Golden (front right) jump out to an early lead of the 2019 Skyhawk Invitational. Golden would finish first in 3K race with a time of 15:33. Tsabetsaye would follow three seconds later.

CROWNPOINT, NM – Navajo Technical University cross country runners Shada Golden and Alwyn Reid got off to fast starts at the 2019 Skyhawk Invitational and never looked back. Both placed first in their respective 3K and 5K races in a head-to-head meet with the Diné College Warriors on Sept. 20, 2019.

Reid’s victory was his second in the young season after he finished first at the Diné College cross country meet on August 30, 2019. Reid finished Friday’s race with a time of 26:05, distancing himself from DC’s Josh LaFontaine (27:11), Kevin Jensen (27:38), and Darnell Dedman (28:17). Brian Yazzie was next to cross the finish line for the Skyhawks, edging out DC runner Malcolm Peters (28:29) by one second. NTU runners Loren Tsosie (29:06) and Joel Yazzie (30:07) shortly followed, while Preston Stanley, Landis Nelson, and Tyvin Thomas rounded out the field.

Whereas Reid coasted to victory in the men’s competition, the women’s race was much closer. Golden and fellow freshmen Shaylese Tsabetsaye exchanged leads for the majority of the race while Lauryn Thomas of Diné College kept pace. In the end, Golden was victorious with a time of 15:33 followed by Tsabetsaye (15:36) and Thomas (15:43). Ashely Betony followed Thomas with a time of 16:40, while NTU runners Christanne Clyde (16:51) and Hunter Livingston (17:23) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Golden’s finish was an improvement from a month ago when she finished third at Diné College’s annual race trailing Tsabetsaye and Allaya Reid, the younger sister of Alwyn. Allaya didn’t run for NTU on Friday as she was recovering from shin splints, an injury that Golden endured earlier in the week causing the freshmen pre engineering major apprehension about getting through the race.

“I was nervous,” stated Golden, who has experienced growing pains as she’s developed into her running form transitioning to the collegiate level after running for Ganado High School last year. “I thought my shins would hurt during the race, but they didn’t. It felt good.”

The women’s team success has second year coach Leonard Lee excited for the season after the team performed well in both Tsaile and Crownpoint. Golden, Tsabetsaye, and Reid also placed in the top 25 in the university division of Adams State’s 26th Annual Joe I. Vigil Meet on September 7. The trio’s success has Coach Lee believing his team could compete for a national title.

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NTU pre engineering major Shad Golden distances herself during a downhill portion of the race as Lauryn Thomas of Diné College pursues.
Alwyn Reid
Alwyn Reid of Ganado, AZ won the 2019 Skyhawk Invitational with a time of 26:05, a full minute faster than the next competitor. “What drives me is Nationals,” stated Reid after the race. “I want to be an All American.”

“They’re very patient runners, and they’re very smart,” explained Lee, who is in his second year at the helm of NTU’s cross country program. “They realize if they place high at nationals, they’ll make history like we did last year. That’s the whole goal.”

Coach Lee reflected on the determination of Clifford Andersen, NTU’s first All American runner last year, and he believes this year’s team could feed off that success. “You start believing in them, and that’s when they start to believe in themselves,” Lee stated. “I like what I have. They’re very promising runners. I know there is a lot of discipline, but that’s how you get good. That’s how you get fast.”

For more information about NTU’s cross country team, contact Coach Leonard Lee at llee@navajotech.edu or NTU athletic director George LaFrance at glafrance@navajotech.edu.

Contact NTU

Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313

Phone: 505.786.4100
Fax: 505.786.5644


Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700


Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514

Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596


Kirtland Instructional Site
540 Road 6580, Kirtland, New Mexico 87417

Phone: 505.598.4585


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010