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Sat, Dec. 14

Winning times for Mingus XC

The Mingus Union cross country team competed at the Bradshaw Mountain Invite at the Yavapai Fairgrounds on Saturday. The Marauder runners continued to shine on the 2.7-mile course.

The boys JV started the day with a second-place finish. Top JV runner was Jake Addis with an overall 14th place finish in the 39-runner field in 18:25.

Girls JV did not have enough girls to field a full team. The top JV runner was their new runner foreign exchange student, Angela Culafic, with a fourth-place finish with time of 21:18.

Boys varsity continued their winning ways in a close win over Prescott High, 31-42. Third was Bradshaw Mt. (94), then Kingman (121), Skyline (135), Estralla Foothills (141) and Lake Havasu (152).

This was the closest competition the team has seen since a loss to Flagstaff earlier in year.

Tim Freriks again led the Marauders with a first place finish (another course record, his 6th in seven meets this year) in 13:58 in the 48-runner field. He beat one of the best fields the Marauders have seen this year.

Second place was last year's Bradshaw winner and fifth-place finisher in the State meet, Omar de la Santos of Bradshaw. In third was 4A-1 mile champion in track, Travis McCabe of Prescott. Fourth was 4A-1 defending cross country champion Ben Schilds of Prescott.

After that, the Marauaders won the meet with their unsung heroes of the pack who really stepped it up with the absence due to injury of their No. 2 runner Sam Hayes. Fifth was Bruce Logan in 14:34 and sixth was Ky Mickelsen in 14:37.

After that their underclassmen came through in a big way. Eighth was freshman Wilson Cutbirth in 15:01, 11th was sophomore Daniel Jaimes in 15:40, 14th was freshman Stepahan Filkins in 15:48 in his first varsity race and 20th was sophomore Alex Stratz in 16:07 in his first varsity race.

Girls continued their success from winning Mingus' own invite last week, but came up a little short finishing second to Bradshaw Mt. 52-59. Third place was Kingman (69), followed by Wickenberg (83), Prescott (120), Estralla Foothills (152), Skyline (159) and Lake Havasu (161).

The girls were led by a third place finish in the 46-runner field of sophomore Carly Blair in 18:15. Fourth was junior Nicole Powers in 18:20, 8th was Cecelia Abshire in 18:33, 12th was Lisa Rauch in 18:57, 32nd was Ali Hayes in 20:25 and 40th was Grace Stearman in 21:34.

"Fun meet for the specators as the runners started and finished with a 3/4 mile loop around Yavapai Downs race track," said coach Jim Bostwick. "So all of the runners had their fastest pace of year due to the flat terrain."

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