Sat, May 25

Mingus boys, girls finish 14th at state cross country

<b>Megan Goettl</b>

<b>Megan Goettl</b>

CAVE CREEK -- The Mingus Union boys and girls cross country teams both ran to 14th-place finishes at the Division 3 state championships here Saturday.

Page High School won both Division 3 state team titles. The girls team tallied a low score of 64 points while the San Devil boys placed six runners in the top 25 to win with 61 points.

Page runners had only a 35-second gap between the team's No. 1 and 5 runners.

For the Mingus boys, senior Joseph Sandoval finished his high school cross country career by earning honorable mention all-state honors with a 17th-place finish in the field of more than 200 runners.

Sandoval covered the 5-kilometer course in 17:09.

"A nice run in his career as a Marauder," said Mingus Coach Jim Bostwick. "Not qualifying as a frosh, 55th as a sophomore, 37th as a junior and 17th this year."

"The boys goal was a top 10 finish and we were only 30 points away from that; a very small margin in a meet this size, we figured about 2 seconds a mile for each kid," Bostwick continued. "I was very happy for them as they all ran above average to great races today."

Junior Keegan Cain saved his best race of the season for the state meet running his best time of year in 17:25 for 28th place, up from 81st place last year.

Another junior, Ryan Alexander, ran for the first time in the state meet finishing 58th place in 18:08.

First-year senior Cristian Lazaro finished 97th in 18:42. Freshman Cody Wager rounded out the Mingus scoring in 20:34 for 166th place.

Also running for the Marauders were juniors Zach Peek and Tyler Lewis.

For the Mingus girls, senior Megan Goettl missed a trip to the podium by one position by finishing 22nd overall (21st among team scoring runners) with a 20:49 clocking over 3.1 miles.

A big surprise for Mingus was freshman Meg Babcock, who was the Marauders' No. 2 runner with a 68th-place finish in 22:35.

"She gave me a huge smile and thumbs up, telling me that she had this," said Coach Tiffany Goettl.

Sophomore Hannah DeVore (23:29) and junior Rachel Valentine (23:40) finished 95th and 101st, respectively, for Mingus, while sophomore Sydney Alexander rounded out the team scoring in 120th place in 24:25.

"I am proud of our Mingus girls team," said Goettl. "We had 5 girls, the smallest team allowed to actually make a team so they all had to be ready to race at sectionals and state, no one could have an off day or any illness or injury. They are also a young team, two whom had never ran cross country before ... They trained hard all season and when sectionals came they were able to come together and qualify for state."

Three straight for Allie Schadler

Rio Rico junior Allie Schadler won her third consecutive state championship Saturday and her younger sister, freshman Samantha Schadler, was third.

Allie Schadler won the race with a blistering 17:04.5 clocking for 5-kilometers.

Her time eclipsed the record (by 22 seconds) for the state meet course established last year by Desert Vista's Dani Jones, who now runs for University of Colorado.

Many consider Jones the finest high school distance and middle distance runner in Arizona history.

Hopi High School dominance

The Hopi High School boys team cruised to its 26th consecutive state championship in the Division 4 race.

Hopi placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 25 for an overall winning low score of 59 points, which was 70 points better than runner-up Many Farms.

The win for the Hopi boys maintains the team's longest streak of consecutive state championship victories in the nation.