Sun, Dec. 08

CROSS COUNTRY: Runners off to a fast start



The Mingus Union cross country teams kicked off the season with a race in Payson. The Payson Multiple was on Wednesday at the Payson Golf Course (5K/3.12 miles).

The girls' team had a solid day with a 3rd place finish out of eight teams. 1. Sedona 37, 2. Northland Prep 68 3, Mingus 74, 4. Payson 106, 5. Blue Ridge 109, 6. Millennium 138, 7. Snowflake 184, 8. Camp Verde - incomplete team.

"The girls came out of summer in just so-so shape, so we didn't really earn the right to be in the top two, but on the bright side, we probably ran about as good as we could have today and got beat by some legitimate State contenders in the 3A and 1A divisions," said coach Jim Bostwick. There is definitely a huge upside to our team."

The girls were led by sophomore Emma Schraner in 7th place in the 54-runner field in 22:02. Then the surprise of the day our the team's only freshman, Skyler Storie, who came in 9th in 22:06. Then the team's always solid junior runner, Erin Freriks came in 17 place in 23:07. Senior Staci Hewitson finished in 20th in 23:10 and Mingus' last scoring runner was sophomore Alex Henley finished in 21st place in 23:11. Also running for Marauder Varsity (Mingus has no JV, so they are thrown in the mix right away) are two newcomers to the team - seniors Chelsea and Jessica Ishimoto who came out a few weeks into the season and ran great for their limited amount of practice time. They finished in 34th and 38th in 24:33 and 25:42 respectively.

"Look for these two to be running with our pack in a few weeks," said coach Bostwick about Chelsea and Jessica Ishimoto. "[It's a] Fantastic start for our Marauder seven."

On the boys' team, the new Marauder runners are led by the team's lone senior, Wilson Cutbirth.

"They started off with a bang, leaving a few coaches asking who are those kids behind Wilson," said coach Bostwick. "Well, it was the kids who have been paying their dues the past few years on the back end of the varsity team and JV team."

The boys have a huge shortage of new freshmen coming into the program with only two freshmen out this year.

The Marauders won the race in dominating fashion. 1. Mingus 35, 2. Sedona 64, 3. Millennium 80, 4. Blue Ridge 84, 5. Northland Prep 103, 6. Camp Verde 168, 7. Snowflake 170, 8. Payson - incomplete team.

The race was won by Jesus Rivera of Red Rock in a course record of 16:55 (old record Tim Freriks of Mingus in 2006 in 17:04) in the 73-runner field. Finishing 2nd overall was Cutbirth in 17:30, 4th sophomore Juan Wells in 17:53, 6th junior Hunter Rauch in 18:14, 9th sophomore Colin Garttmeier in 18:21, 14th junior Austin Covey (in his first cross country race ever) in 18:29, 17th sophomore Chris Ortiz in 18:47 and rounding out the pack was junior Tanner Johnson in 29th in 19:47.

The Cross Country team continues a busy week with the Ray Wherley Invite at Embry Riddle University on Saturday.

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