Pecos' Julian Garcia crossed the finish line in 16:35, knowing he was a state champion.
Within moments, he knew his whole Panther team was a champion, too.
Pecos placed the first three boys' runners in Saturday's Class 3A state cross country race, four of the top five, five of the top eight, six of the top 10, and seven of the top 17, easily out pointing runner-up Laguna Acoma.
The meet was hosted by Rio Rancho High.
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