Sun, Jan. 19

Girls' cross country season ends, boys advance to State

The Marauder cross country ream competed in the Grand Canyon Region Championships last Saturday with some impressive results.

It was a tough race where No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams gave Mingus a preview of the state meet, Flagstaff won the team race on a sixth-man tiebreaker with Page. The Marauders finished fifth, losing to Sinagua for fourth place by one point.

The teams finished in this order. Flagstaff (37), Page (37), Coconino (82), Sinagua (111) and Mingus (112).

Leading the ladies in the 34-runner field was Nicole Powers, as she has done all year in 13th place in 20:59. Lisa Rauch was 16th in 21:34, a full 1:38 better than she ran on same course a month ago, Carly Blair was 20th in 21:55, 1:41 better than a month ago, Ali Hayes was 31st in 25:43, Evelyn Caceres was 32nd in 26:02, Grace Stearman was 33rd in 26:50.

"We are extremely excited for next year as all top four girls are freshman and sophomores," said coach Jim Bostwick.

The Marauders pulled out an upset for the meet by beating Sinagua for the final spot for state, coming in third out of five teams.

Page finished first with a score of 20, followed by Flagstaff with a 63, then Mingus with a 73, Sinagua with an 81 and finally Coconino with a 126.

Page is ranked the No. 1 team in the state, followed by Flagstaff, ranked as the No. 3 team in the state in the 4A division II.

"The kids never gave up hope all season after being beaten by Sinagua three times earlier this season, it was a perfect end to the year in which the all underclassman team matured each and every week," said coach Bostwick.

In the 35-runner field, Bruce Logan finished in ninth place in 16:46, capping a return from injury that has taken a full month to return to form at the right time. Sam Hayes was 10th in 16:47.

"The kid hasn't had a bad race all year," said coach Bostwick.

Tim Freriks was 15th in 17:13 finishing off a very impressive freshman year. Ky Mickelsen was 16th in 17:22

But it was Mingus' fifth through seventh runners who deserve a lot of credit, according to Bostwick.

Their goal for the race was to knock Sinagua's fifth and final scoring runner back as far as possible, so although only our top scored, their No. 6 and No. 7 runners (Harold Mitchell and Mychal Vannette) upped the Sinagua score.

Daniel Jaimes was 23rd in 18:03 (38 seconds faster than a month ago), Mitchell was 1:06 better in 27th place, Vannette was 58 seconds faster in 18:28 in 28th place.

"The boys didn't use their age as an excuse this year," said coach Bostwick. "They put in a lot of summer miles and weekend miles including their own Sunday runs, to get here, as some of the boys are working on consecutive days running streak of over three months, it is a well deserved trip."

Powers, Hayes, and Logan received Second Team All Region honors and Rauch, Freriks and Mickelsen received Honorable Mention All Region.

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