Mingus cross country teams start strong

The Mingus cross country team competed in the Flagstaff Peaks Invitational on Saturday. The Peaks race is the biggest race in the state and traditionally starts out the season and usually the top teams in the state show up and this year was no different.

This year in order to accommodate all the athletes, the varsity race was split into two divisions of 22 teams. Each divided into a race for the elite teams called the Summit division and another race for teams that coach's felt were not quite ready for prime time called the Ascent race.

The young Marauders (two freshmen and three sophomores) which coach Jim Bostwick felt were not quite ready for the elite race were placed in the Ascent race.

Coach Bostwick knows they can't use their youth as an excuse and they came through with an impressive 2nd place finish with 110 points (low score wins) in the 22 team field, finishing behind Alhambra with 90 points. Alhambra is a 5A school from Phoenix that was 7th at state last year.

Leading the Mingus team was sophomore Sam Hayes in 4th place (150 runner field) with a time of 18:30, followed by sophomore Bruce Logan in 9th with an 18:48. Freshman Tim Freriks finished 16th with a 19:12.

According to coach Bostwick, Freriks would have won the junior varsity race with the time he had in the Varsity race, if he had the luxury of putting him in the junior varsity race. Coach Bostwick normally would have let Freriks along with other freshmen run in the JV race, but because he had been running all summer, Bostwick felt that he was ready for the varsity race.

Sophomore Ky Mickelsen was 25th, finishing in 19:36 in his first high school cross country race, following a successful freshman track season.

Frosh Daniel James was Mingus' last scorer in 55th place with a time of 20:30 in his debut.

"Sophomore Nicole Powers ran an incredible race in the girls 120 team field finishing 6th in 22:50, her individual goal was to place in the top 10 for the first time in her second season, so a great way to start out the season," says coach Bostwick.

Lisa Rauch, sophomore, was the Marauders' top finisher in the junior varsity race, finishing 47th with a time of 26:31 in the 140 runner field.

The Marauders' next contest will be today at Payson. The meet will begin at 4 p.m.

Official results of the Flagstaff Peaks Invitational are available at Arizonavarsity.com.

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