Mingus track team heads to State Meet
Underclassmen and new coach pave way for new era in Marauder track
The Marauder track team will send more athletes to the state meet than Mingus has in the last few years, a total of 15.
The team is sending some skilled athletes to the state meet and most of them are underclassmen. Hopefully, a great sign up what's to come under new coach Jared Stone.
On the boys' side, the Marauders finished third in the 4A II Grand Canyon Region meet at Page on Friday and Saturday with its 11-man team. This includes three individual region champions.
Cory Ferguson won his second straight region title with a toss of 143-feet, 10-inches in the discus. He will help represent the Marauders at the State meet and he is the only senior going to the event.
Other region titles belong to Tim Freriks in the 3200 in a time of 9:48.86, blowing away his nearest competitor by 18 seconds. Junior Bruce Logan also won his individual region event in the 1600 in 4:36.56.
Other top three placers (top three go to state) were 2nd place finishers Aaron Hauser with 46-feet, 10-inches in the shot put. The boys 4x800 relay team of Freriks, Daniel Jaimes, Ky Mickelsen and Bruce Logan in 10:30. Third place finishers were Freriks in the 1600 in 4:37.96, sophomore Robert Ortiz in Pole Vault of 11-feet and third in the triple jump with a distance of 37-feet, 3-inches.
Scoring points for the team in the region meet were Mickelsen in 5th in the 1600 and 4th in the 800. Hauser finished 4th in the discus. Freshman Wilson Cutbirth finished 4th in the 3200, Bruce Logan placed 5th in the 3200 and Daniel Jamies finished 5th in the 800.
After the region meet concluded, seven of the 11-man team will be traveling to Mesa Community College for the State preliminaries this week. The AIA also allowed Sam Hayes and Bruce Logan to qualified for the 3200 meters State Race and Nicole Powers in the 1600 as what the state calls as outside qualifiers. They take the three fastest times in the state in that event of non top three finishers in the region meet. Those three runners qualified and will add more fire power to the Marauder team.
The boys team scoring for the region meet was: Sinagua 118, Page 104, Mingus 57, Coconino 37 and Flagstaff 35.
On the girl's side, although they finished last, they made huge improvements this year with the infusion of some excellent athletes scoring 35 points compared to only five points last year.
Coconino won the region meet with 100 points, followed by Sinagua with 81, Flagstaff 78, Page 54 and Mingus 35.
The team's lone senior, Sarah Waddle will be competing at the State meet by virtue 3rd place finish in the triple jump of 31-feet, 10-inches. She also scored in the 200 with a 4th place finish.
No individual region winners on the girl's team, but two relay teams will also be making the trip to State. The girls 4x800 team of Sarah Raber, Carly Blair, Nicole Powers and Lisa Rauch destroyed their best time of the year by 18 seconds, finishing second in 10:20.34.
Not to be outdone, the 4x400 relay team finished second as well in a time of 4:26.48. The team consists of three freshmen: Raber, Lesley Kinkaid, Des Braly and junior Ali Hayes.
Other girls going to state for individual efforts will be Raber in the 400, finishing 2nd in the season with a best time of 1:01.13. Also going to State with a third place finish is Kinkaid in the pole vault with a height of 7-feet. Last but not least, freshman Des Braly will continue her season with a time of 52.17 in the 300 hurdles.
Rounding out the scorers for the region meet were Cecelia Abshire with a 5th place finish in the discus and Nicole Powers with a 5th place finish in the 1600 in a season best time of 5:42.58.
Eight of the 11 girls on the team will head to the State meet.
The State meet will be held at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, today and Saturday.