March 12, 2012
Ft. Wingate — This past Friday the Diné College Women's Cross Country team was improved dramatically with the signing of two stand-out local runners. RaeShelle Largo and Telaina Henry, both seniors at Wingate High School, have committed to joining the Diné College distance program and continuing the success that they have had as Bears. These two young ladies were both 2011 Navajo Times All-Stars in Cross Country, and they helped Wingate's girls win back to back state cross country championships in 2010 and 2011. According to Telaina, that title in 2010 was the first that the girl's team had won in 15 years.
“Both of these runners stepped up for their team when it counted most. This fall they finished side by side at the New Mexico State meet, running identical times of 20:33 with Telaina taking 10th place and RaeShelle taking 11th. I found it interesting that RaeShelle and Telaina informed me of their decision only a day or so apart. The first thing I said was, 'I hope you've enjoyed being teammates for the past 4 years, because you get to keep working together for another 2!'" said Head Cross Country Coach, Gavin Sosa.
The signing took place at Wingate High School, overseen by Wingate's long-time Head Coach, Tony Notah. Both of RaeShelle's parents were present, as well as her brother and uncle. Telaina's father and brother were also able to attend, traveling all the way from the Bloomfield/Farmington area for the event.
"It's been such a great experience to be able to celebrate this type of event with the families and coaches. It gives me the opportunity to meet the people who have really been responsible for the success of these youth. And it gives them a chance to voice both their expectations and concerns for their children as they take this next important step in their lives," continued Sosa.
These two young ladies are not just great athletes, but they are also excellent students. "Telaina's father proudly told me that she has been on the honor roll all four years of high school. And both girls have been very direct with me about their commitment to school. Their presence will undoubtedly elevate both the academic and athletic caliber of our team," Coach Sosa concluded.
This past November at the USCAA National Cross Country meet in Lake Placid, New York the Diné College women had 2 runners finish in the top 50. Both of those runners return next year, and with the addition of RaeShelle and Telaina, as well as Chinle's Annette Brown who signed her letter of intent in February, the Lady Warriors will be looking to be extremely competitive in 2012 and beyond.