Mingus cross country gets revenge and win at Four Corners Meet
From 16th to first place in four years. The Mingus boys varsity cross country team finally took top honors at the Four Corners Invite at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff on Saturday, making it known that they are the team to beat in Arizona.
The Marauders dominated with their top five runners finishing in the top 10 and Tim Freriks taking second place overall ahead of 182 other runners and behind a quick sophomore runner, Brian Shrader from Sinagua.
"I thought it was one of the top races I have ever witnessed in my career," said coach Jim Bostwick. "Basically just two kids out in front bringing out the best in each other."
Senior Sam Hayes finished 5th place in 16:24, senior Ky Mickelsen finished 8th in 16:32, senior Bruce Logan finished 9th in 16:36 and sophomore Wilson Cutbirth finished 10th in 16:40. Junior Daniel Jaimes was the team's most improved runner of the day, besting his time from last year by one minute to finish 15th in 17:01.
"The boys have progressed with careers of four-year lettermen Bruce Logan and Sam Hayes, they have seen us finish 16, 14th, 2nd and finally 1st to finish off their career at this meet," said coach Bostwick. "Although we didn't talk about it before the meet I am sure the boys were excited to extract a little revenge on Rio Rico who was at this meet beating them with a score of 34 to 2nd place Rio with 85. The boys had the best team effort of their career finishing only 1:08 apart and only 47 seconds for scoring 1st through 5th. Our goal for the end of year is 30 seconds. What makes this gap even more impressive was that our first runner Tim Freriks ran 15:53, under the previous course record of 15:55."
The girls varsity finished 8th out of 20 teams. The team winner was Rio Rico
Coach Addis felt it was a deceptively good race as the girls, who scored 180 points, was closer to 5th place finisher Coconino who had 161 points, than the 9th place team with 207. The close scores may mean a few more improved performances by the girls in the next few weeks can put the Marauders up with the elite teams.
"But as we said last week, we are a borderline elite team and will have to mentally learn how to become one of those teams as we feel they are physically capable," said coach Bostwick.
Nicole Powers finished off her career at the event with her first top ten performance, finishing 9th in the 143-runner field in 20:57. Junior Carly Blair moved up from 31st last year to 18th with a time of 21:14. Senior Lisa Rauch was 45th in 22:22, freshman Erin Freriks was 50th in 22:39, senior Ali Hayes was 86th in 24:37 and sophomore Staci Hewitson was 91st in 24:57.
The girls JV finished 5th out of seven teams. They were led by freshman Sarah Russell who placed 9th out of the 106-runner field in a time of 23:22.
For the first time that coach Bostwick or coach Addis could remember, the Marauders were able to field a girls junior varsity team.
"It was a lot more interesting to watch, knowing every girl would count in the team scoring," said coach Bostwick.
The boys JV finished an impressive 2nd with 67 points to winner Flagstaff, who came in with 55 points in the 12-team race.
Individually, the Marauders took 1st and 2nd when junior Alex Stats crossed the finish line in 17:18, a full minute faster than he ran last year at this event. Freshman Hunter Rauch took second overall for Mingus in a time of 17:49 in the 121-runner field. Sophomore Stephan Filkins finished 7th in 18:33.
Next up for the Marauders is the Page invite on Saturday.