Mingus track team goes the distance at Saguaro Classic
The Mingus Union distance runners competed in the Scottsdale Distance Classic on Friday against 20 other schools.
"It was just a great night for the kids running on an all-weather track, low altitude, perfect weather and great competition," said Coach Jim Bostwick. "They had three heats for each race so kids had a chance to run against other athletes of own ability, which brings out a side of some kids in the middle of the pack that we have never seen before."
Second-place finishes were the story of the relay teams for Mingus. Backpacks were given to the winners so the Marauders came back empty-handed.
In the boys 4x800 (Ky Mickelsen, Bruce Logan, Daniel Jaimes and Alex Stratz) placed 2nd overall in 8:51 to O'Connor who finished in 8:43. Jaimes and Mickelsen led the way with 2:08 splits.
The girls 4x800 also placed second to Cactus Shadows who won in 9:58, but the Mingus girls scared their own school record of 10:11 by running 10:13. Lisa Rauch, Nicole Powers and Carly Blair all ran 2:35 splits and Sarah Raber brought them home in 2:27 for the team's best time of the year so far.
The co-ed 4x400 relay team of Daniel Jaimes, Aaron Knowles, Sarah Raber and Des Braly finished in 2nd place in 4:01.
The boys' 1600-meter run was another success for the team. The best placer for Mingus was Tim Freriks in 4:31 (just four seconds off state qualifying time) in 6th place. It was Freriks' second-best time over a metric mile, but he did have his best combination 1600/3200 double of his career. Wilson Cutbirth ran a 4:42, Ky Mickelsen 4:51 and Bruce Logan 4:58.
Nicole Powers finished 2nd in the "b" race of the Girls 1600. It was the 11th best time of 45 girls for the night in a personal record tying time of 5:39. This time tied her previous best at the State meet last year. Freshman Erin Freriks had her personal best winning the "c" race in 6:01, her best ever. Stacy Hewitson and Jerelyn Butler also had personal records in 6:32 and 6:35.
In the boys 800, all of the boys had bests for the year - Daniel Jaimes in 2:08, Alex Stratz in 2:15, Aaron Knowles in 2:17 and Justin Boyd in 2:22.
The girls 800 race also saw the best times for all. Sarah Raber won the "b" race in 2:26, just four seconds off state qualifying time, to finish 8th over all out of 46 girls. Lisa Rauch finished with a time of 2:36, followed by Carly Blair in 2:40 and Des Braly was the Marauders' biggest "improver" of day lowering her time by 12 seconds to 2:42.
In the boys 3200, Tim Freriks led most of the race and hung on for third-place finish in 9:43 in his first outing over the distance this year. Then two other Mingus boys, Sam Hayes and Wilson Cutbirth, broke the magical 10-minute barrier for high school boys in this race (very rarely done) by finishing in lifetime best of 9:53 and 9:57 for 5th and 6th in the 42-runner field.
"This was the first time in my life I have had three boys under 10-minutes in the same season," said coach Bostwick.
Not to be outdone, freshman Hunter Rauch came in an outstanding 11th place in 10:11 probably as one of the top if not, the top freshman times in the state this year. Rauch's time broke his previous best by over 30 seconds.
For the girls 3200, all of the girls had season-bests. Erin Freiks finished in 13:47, Staci Hewitson in 14:34 and Jerelyn Butler in 14:35.
"Every athlete had some sort of season best, so a great night," said coach Jim Bostwick.
Next up for the Mingus track and field team is a meet against Arcadia and Queen Creek at Arcadia High School on April 16. Then the Marauders finish out their regular season on April 19 at the Glendale Invite at Glendale Community College.