Aftershock runners launch new season in style at Waddell Labor Day race
WADDELL -- Josh Reilly and Allyson Arellano turned in the top performances for the Aftershock Distance Running Club in the Labor Day 5K/10K.
In the mens' 5K, the 13-year-old Reilly was second overall in the race that attracted 82 runners. He finished with a time of 17:22.
In the women's division, Aftershock runners claimed the first three spots: Allyson Arellano (18:28, 4th overall), Karen Arellano (18:55, 5th overall), and Penny Fenn (19:26, 8th overall) despite taking a wrong turn on the course and losing 30-35 seconds.
Other Aftershock runners were Trenton Stafford (19:47, 11th overall), Jalen Ebert (21:43, 18th overall), and Kayla Reilly (21:44, 19th overall) who raced in her first event with the team.
The team's next race will be the Dave Murray Invite at the University of Arizona.
"The girls will get to see how they stack up with NCAA D1 runners from UofA, ASU, NAU, and GCU. There should be some other schools like the instate junior colleges. It's on a golf course with a really hilly section in the second mile," said Aftershock Coach Micah Swenson.
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In the open division of Saturday's George Kyte Classic at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, two former Mingus Union High School runners turned in top performances.
Skyler Storie, a 2013 Mingus grad now running for Dixie State College in Utah, claimed top honors. She covered the 2.6-mile course in 15:53, a 6:06-mile pace.
Monica Soliz, a 2014 Mingus grad now running for Benedictine University, was 15th in the same race in 17:49.
At Mingus, both runners were coached by veteran marauder distance coach Jim Bostwick.