Sun, Jan. 19

Marauders show heart at State
Mingus Union boys track team finishes 12th, girls place 16th

On Wednesday and Saturday of last week, the Mingus Union Track team competed at the 4A II State Meet at Mesa Community College.

Despite the 107-degree temperature on Saturday, the Marauders did an excellent job of showing up and making it tough on their competitors through both track and field events. The Mingus girls team finished 16th with a score of 12 points. The Mingus boys finished 12th with a score of 15.

On Wednesday, the girls started out great with 4x800 team of Carly Blair, Lisa Rauch, Nicole Powers, and Sarah Raber placed 3rd. On top of that they set a school record of 10:11.76 just breaking school record of 10:12.4 set in 2000.

"As a coach, it's an incredible testament to teamwork as all girls are above average in the 800, none made it to State. But four above average girls make a great team and more importantly they all ran their best times of the year on the same day, which doesn't always happen," said coach Jim Bostwick.

Also on Wednesday, freshman Des Braly finished16th in the 300 hurdles and did not advance to the finals, but incredible that she's the only freshman in the race and on top of that she only raced this event for the first time two weeks ago, setting up an incredible future for her.

Then the girls 4x400 team of freshman Leslie Kinkade, Des Braly, freshman Sarah Raber and junior .Ali Hayes ran their season best 4:25, not advancing to finals, but a good start to a freshman dominated foursome.

In the girls 400, Raber placed 3rd with a time of 1:01.1, a personal best. In the 1600-meter run, Nicole Powers timed her personal best with a 10th place finish in 5:39.30 and Leslie Kinkade took to the skies and placed 9th in the Pole Vault with a height of 7-feet, 6-inches. In the last finals event for the girls, Sarah Waddle placed 10th in the Triple Jump with a distance of 31-feet, 7.5-inches.

The boys 4x800 relay team of Tim Freriks, Daniel Jaimes, Bruce Logan and Ky Mickelson finished 11th in the finals in a time of 8:45.66.

The duo of Freriks and Logan tore up the track during the State meet. Logan placed 5th in the 1600-meter run and 5th in the 3200-meter run in 4:29.08 and 9:49.55 respectively. Like his teammate, Freriks also did well, placing 10th in the 1600-meter run in 4:33.95 and 4th in the 3200-meter run in 9:47.64. Their times in the 1600 were personal bests for them this year.

In the field events, Robert Ortiz finished 16th in the Triple Jump with a distance of 37-feet, 3-inches. Aaron Hauser placed 11th in the Shot Put with a throw of 45-feet, 5.5-inches. And the best finish in the field events for the Marauders came from Cory Ferguson's 7th place throw of 142-feet, 5-inches in the Discus.

Up and coming freshmen seem to be the strength of the Marauder track team. With young runners filling the slots up and doing well in their first State outing, the team has a lot of hope for success in the years to come.

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