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TRIBAL RUNNING TRADITION
Hopi High students draw on competition and tradition of running to excel in cross-country
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:29 PM EDT
When it comes to consecutive high school cross-country championships, no boys team in the nation is as dominant as Hopi High School.
Running is deeply rooted in the northern Arizona tribe's tradition as a way to carry messages from village to village and bless the reservation that gets little moisture with rain.
Coach Rick Baker insists there's nothing special about his program. He says he simply wants athletes who believe in themselves and the school, and who are disciplined and dedicated.
The girls team also is a source of pride for Hopi. It has the fifth most state championships in the country at 21, and is looking to earn a seventh consecutive this year.
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