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Mon, Oct. 14

Mingus cross country team returns faster

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 Mingus cross country team faced off against Payson, Sinagua and Coconino at the Payson 4-way meet.

A little background, every year the city golf course shuts down the week after labor day for maintenance which allows Payson to put on their annual 3.2 mile cross country meet, and ideal situation for a cross country race.

The girls finished in third place behind first-place Coconino (45) and second-place Sinagua (48 3). Mingus (62) beat out Payson which had a score of 70.

Coconino took first 2 spots, winning time 20:42. This time beat the course record set by former Marauder Ariel Latimer in 2001. Mingus runner Nicole Powers, a sophomore was 3rd in 32 runner field with a time of 23:00. According to her coach, Jim Bostwick, last year as a freshman, she ran 25:41, improving her time by almost three minutes.

Freshman Carly Blair was 7th in 25:04 in her debut. Lisa Rauch, sophomore was 14th in 26:14, Grace Stearman, sophomore was 20th in 27:57, and senior Evelyn Caceres was 22nd in 28:23 to round out the scoring.

Caceres was most improved from the weekend race in Flagstaff, improving 1:11. This was Mingus'' first race as a team.

"As a young team they now know what they are up against in our region - this was a perfect meet for us with conference rivals Coconino and Sinagua here, letting us see where we stack up against them," said coach Bostwick.

The boys team finished in 3rd place as well. Finishing in 1st place was Payson (37 2), followed by Sinagua (39 3), Mingus (65 4) and Coconino (75).

The boys team had an opportunity to see the three teams that will be vying for a spot at state next month. According to coach Bostwick, Payson looked on the top of their game and looks like a legitimate 3A state champ contender.

Sinagua had a chance for revenge, beating the Marauders after Mingus beat them last Saturday.

"We found out as a team how one guy makes a difference as we were missing our #2 runner Bruce Logan who was nursing an injury and Sinagua picked up a foreign exchange student this week who handily won the race in 17:59 and looks like an individual contender at the state level," said Bostwick.

Sam Hayes finished in 7th place in 62, with a time of 18:44. Hayes improved his time from last year by almost two minutes. 9th place was freshman Tim Freriks with a 19:19. Sophomore Ky Mickelsen was 10th in 19:44. Freshman Daniel Jaimes was 19th in 20:32 and Senior Rod Loehr rounded out scoring for Mingus in 21st place in 20:39.

Next on the Marauders schedule was the Ray Wherley Invitational in Prescott on Saturday.

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