Tue, Feb. 25

Mingus girls cross country punches ticket to state

Mingus girls cross country qualified for state with a sixth place finish at sectionals at Holbrook on Friday. VVN/Dan Engler.

Mingus girls cross country qualified for state with a sixth place finish at sectionals at Holbrook on Friday. VVN/Dan Engler.

Mingus Union girls cross country comfortably qualified for state and the boys nearly did the same.

At the Division III Section IV meet at Hidden Cove Golf Course in Holbrook, the Marauder girls finished sixth with 143 points. Meanwhile the boys finished ninth with 215 points, missing out on the state meet by one spot.

The top half of the teams make it to state and in the case of an odd number like the 15 for Section IV, they round up.

Prescott won the girls race with 49 points and Page took home the boys title with 52 points.

Freshman Makena Bliss was Mingus Union’s top finisher, coming in sixth in 20:09.4. Then there was freshman Maisie Babcock, 20th in 21:16.0.

Sophomore Aubrey Peterson was 27th with a time of 21:38.2 and sophomore Claire Peterson came in at 34th, in 21:55.9. Senior Keeleigh Kreiner took 56th, in 23:11.9 while senior Josey Valenzuela was 58th with a time of 23:17.1. Freshman Safiya Sweeney was 68th (23:56.0).

Prescott senior Makenna Bray won the race, finishing in 19:38.9.

It’s the first time Mingus Union has qualified a team for the state meet since 2015 when both the boys and girls made it and both were 14th. Last year Meg Babcock ran alone at state, finishing 94th and Hannah DeVore was 85th in 2017. In 2016 no Marauders made it to state.


Mingus freshman Keenan Brekke (second from left) was the top finisher for the Marauders boys sectionals at Holbrook on Friday, placing 34th. VVN/Dan Engler.

On the boys side, freshman Keenan Brekke was the Marauders’ first finisher, taking 34th in 17:57.4.

The top 25 finishers whose teams did not qualify move on to the state meet.

Next was junior Jehiah Rogers, who was 38th in 18:05.2. Freshman Cesar Diaz came in at 45th, clocking an 18:11.4.

Junior Riley Bliss was 47th in 18:15.3, sophomore Isaac Reynolds was 51st (18:23.8), followed by seniors Taylor Capite, 54th (18:33.0) and Chance Densmore, who was 82nd with a time of 19:46.0.

Junior Trent Holiday of Page won the race with a time of 16:27.3.

On the both boys and girls sides there was 15 teams that had a full squad of five scorers.


The Division III girls state meet is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix. All four divisions will race there, starting at 9:15 a.m. with the Division IV girls.

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