Mingus runners win first invite
The Marauder cross country boys team took first place at the Bradshaw Mountain Invite, marking their first win of the season. The course was 3.1 miles.
For the first time ever, Mingus had a fall break, so a couple of girls were out of town. This resulted with the inability for the Marauders girls to come up with a full team. Individually, though, the girls had a good day.
"This was the second race for the girls this week so they ran a little tired," said coach Jim Bostwick.
Individually, sophomore Nicole Powers had another consistent performance, getting sixth place in the 35-runner field in 21:58. The winning time was defending 4A State champion Kelsey Greathouse of Bradshaw Mountain in 20:38. Sophomore Lisa Rauch was 15th in 23:31 and senior Evelyn Caceres was 30th in 26:01, she was the team's most improved girl for the day and that will help Mingus at end of year as she is their fifth runner and final scoring member of their team.
"In cross country, the motto is 'you're only as good as your fifth runner,' so we are excited that she is coming along at the end of the year after missing summer training due to a knee injury," said Bostwick.
The boys on the other hand did not run last Wednesday, instead running their junior varsity team as the varsity team.
The result was definitely a fresher team. The Mingus boys came up with their first win in an invite, a huge step for the sophomores and freshmen.
"They are learning the toughness it takes to get a win," said Bostwick.
The results are: First Place - Mingus 37, second place - Prescott 42, third place - Lake Havasu 88, fourth place - Bradshaw Mountain 95, fifth place - Skyline (the only 5A school there, all others 4A) 99, sixth place - Estralla Foothills 145.
The boys race winner was Omar de la Santos of Bradshaw Mountain in 17:27. He was second team all state last year, according to Bostwick.
Mingus' sophomore Sam Hayes was again the Marauders' leader in third place in
17:38 in the 41-runner field. Fourth place was sophomore Bruce Logan in 17:56. Logan is just coming back after an injury.
"It is nice to get Bruce back healthy as he is the runner on the team who goes out and sets the pace for us showing no fear," said Bostwick.
Seventh place for Mingus was frosh Tim Freriks in 18:30, 10th was their other freshman, Daniel Jaimes in 18:57 and 13th was sophomore Mychal Vannette in 13th in 19:25.
"There were no ranked teams here but still the 'kids' have to start somewhere in learning what it takes to win and it was still a quality 4A field," said Bostwick.