Mingus Track and Field team places 2nd

Mingus boys and girls' team place 2nd in Camp Verde meet on Saturday

The Mingus Union track and field team finished second on both the girls and boys teams on Saturday at the Matt Showers Invitational at Camp Verde High School

Sedona came in first on the boys team with 130 points, followed by Mingus with 95 and Bourgade with 74.

"We came out on the short end to Red Rock," said coach Jim Bostwick. "We had some good events but they were definitely a more balanced team, scoring in almost every event."

First Place finishes for Mingus were sophomore Tim Freriks in the 1600 and 3200 for the second year in a row, in 4:40 and 10:10.

"He wasn't pleased with his times," said coach Bostwick. "But I told him they were better than last year and as a coach we're always happy when an athlete is ahead of where they were a year ago.

In the 1600, Bruce Logan also finished 3rd in 4:47, and in the 3200, junior Ky Mickelsen and freshman Wilson Cutbirth finished 2nd and 3rd in 10:42 and 10:46 respectively.

Other first place finishes were the boys' 4x800 team of Wilson Cutbirth, Daniel Jaimes, Ky Mickelsen and Bruce Logan in 8:50 and Michael Cartia in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 6-inches.

The Marauders picked up points from second-place finishes from Michael Majors in the 100 meter in 11.95. Throwers Aaron Hauser placed second with a throw of 46-feet, 1-inch in the shot put and Cory Ferguson with a throw of 144-foot, 11-inches in the discus.

The Mingus girls' team also placed second in the Invitational with 72 points. Sedona again took first with 136 points.

Freshman Sarah Raber, who had a difficult time trying to decide which events to compete in, was a member of the first place 4x800 relay team of Carly Blair, Nicole Powers and Ashley Abbey with a time of 10:44. Raber and her team in the 4x400 of Ali Hayes, Lisa Rauch and Nicole Powers finished in a tine of 4:46. Raber also won the 400 meter race as she battled against a Sedona opponent and won with a time of 62.7. Raber's final event, the 300 hurdles, she placed third with a time of 55.5.

"She has a hard time picking what events to run, so she ends up usually running and jumping four events every meet," said coach Bostwick. "Coach Stone, an ex decathlete himself, would love to see this girl enter the state heptathlon (seven events) championships the week after the state meet."

Other first placers were Carly Blair in the 3200 in 13:55 and Sarah Waddle in the 200 meter in 28.7. Nicole Powers finished second in the 1600 meter in 6:04 and Waddle placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 29-feet, 4.25-inches.

"The highlight of the meet though was when one of our athletes to sit out the 3200 meter due to an injury said that she was running for Matt [Showers] today and after that her leg didn't hurt once in the race as she concentrated on the main goal of the day," said coach Bostwick.

The meet was an Invitational dedicated to the memory of Matt Showers, who ran for Camp Verde High School before his passing two years ago. His parents and coaches, Mark and Lori Showers began the Matt Showers Invitational to help raise money for a scholarship program in Matt's honor.

The Marauders continue through their schedule as they take on Saguaro today at 3:30 p.m.

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