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Runners share fond memories

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By The Staff

Las Vegas might be famous for hosting the Rough Riders reunion. But over the recent Fourth of July weekend, it was former Robertson High School cross country runners who flocked to the Meadow City to take part in a reunion to honor three successful coaches.

The RHS cross country alumni who were coached by George, Leroy and Cathy Chavez held a reunion to pay tribute to the coaches.

The event was kicked off Saturday evening, July 3, with a dinner at Dick’s Restaurant. On Sunday morning many of the former runners — along with all three coaches — entered the Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run (formerly known as Pablo Read Memorial Run). The  reunion closed with a barbecue at Storrie Lake.  

“One of the many  things that made this event special was that Leroy Chavez, George Chavez and Tony Gallegos all attended this reunion,” said Mike Montaño.

The three runners are former RHS cross country and track state champions. Leroy Chavez won the state cross country title in 1969, and he also captured the 1970 state championship in the 2-mile run in track.

Not to be outdone by his older brother, George Chavez captured the state cross country title in 1971, then came back that spring to claim the state track title in the 1-mile run.

Tony Gallegos, in an attempt to follow in his coaches’ steps, captured his own cross country state title in 1981. Gallegos then came back that spring  and won the 2-mile state title, capping off a fruitful high school career at Robertson.

“It’s with great honor that we recognize the Chavez coaches,” said runner Mariam Browne. “We as former RHS  cross country runners wanted to celebrate their positive influences on us as athletes and individuals. We had runners participate this year to honor the great work they did in helping each of us become a better person.”