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Sat, Dec. 07

Marauders compete against peers
Mingus Track freshmen and sophomores compete, Freriks and Cutbirth dominate

Mingus Union freshmen and sophomore track athletes competed in Payson on Saturday. It was one of the biggest meets in the state with 23 teams competing, which included over 500 kids.

The Marauder boys team finished 7th out of the 23 teams with a total of 63 points; 38 of those points came from the cross country All-State duo of Tim Freriks and Willie Cutbirth. Freriks was first-team All State and Cutbirth was second-team All-State. Cutbirth finished second in the freshman metric mile, 1,600 meters, in 4:56 and 1st in the 3200 in a meet record time of 10:23.

As hard as it was to beat that, sophomore Freriks did just that when he placed first in both events and set meet records in both with times of 4:37 and 9:52.

Also scoring for the Marauders were Daniel Jaimes in the sophomore 800 in 5th place and 4th place in the 1600.

Alex Stratz scored with a 5th place in the 1600 in his personal best of 5:08. Sophomore Robert Ortiz tied his best pole vault height of 11-feet, 6-inches and grabbed 4th place. He also placed 6th in the Triple Jump with a distance of 35-feet, 6-inches. Thrower Rudy Montalvo placed 3rd in the freshman discus in 91-feet, 6-inches.

The Mingus girls track team finished 13th out of 22 teams. Led by freshman pole vaulter, Leslie Kinkaid by matching her personal best jump of 8-feet for a 1st place finish.

Sarah Raber had a pair of 3rd place finishes in the freshman 400 in her season best of 62.4 and the 300 hurdles. What is more impressive, is that those events were back-to-back.

Freshman Ashley Abbey also scored points for her team in the 800 for a 4th place finish with her season best time of 2:43. Sophomore Carly Blair picked up a 4th place finish in the 1600 in 5:57 and 5th in the 800 in 2:42.

Freshman thrower Madison Crnkovich finished 6th in the discus with a throw of 69-feet, followed closely by Horizon Barnes in 7th with a throw of 68-feet, 9-inches.

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