CDO boys, girls cross-country teams do well in Chandler

The Canyon del Oro High School boys’ cross-country team placed fifth out of 31 teams during the Ojo Rojo Invitational in Chandler, Ariz., Saturday. The flat and fast 5,000-meter course was located at Tumbleweed Regional Park.

The boys’ team was led by medal winners Lucas Rischar, who finished in 11th place with a time of 16:39; Jordan Hellebuyck in 18th place with a time of 16:50, and Drew Garcia, who finished in 22nd place with a time of 16:57, according to head coach Rick Glider. 

The girls’ cross-country team finished ninth out of 25 teams. The girls were led by medal winners Sarrah Boughan, who finished in 17th place with a time of 20:16, and April Steward, in 29th place with a time of 20:40.

SSA students complete a 5K for 9/11

What do elementary school students do on a Sunday? Some students at Sonoran Science Academy Elementary School compete in 5K races.

Under the guidance of physical education teacher Andrea Sonnenschein, members of the school’s Endurance Sports club recently competed in the 9/11 race, where they ran with firefighters, police officers, and men and women from the military.

Fifth-grade students AJ Alameda and Justin Adams were joined by fourth-graders Dayyaan Loonat and Troy Waters, third-grader Garrett Frazelle and first-grader Muhammad Loonat.

Their teacher reports it was a great experience for the students to complete their first endurance race by supporting members of the emergency services and military. The teachers were joined by Chris Atkins, SSA’s third-grade math and science teacher.

The school’s principal notes that while the school incorporates art, music, and PE into its curriculum, extra-curricular activities, such as the Endurance Sports Club, offer students a chance to challenge themselves.

The students will take on their next 5K challenge at Buckelew Farms in October.

CDO, IRHS golfers place seventh, ninth at invitational

During the Aguila Golf Invitational last weekend in Phoenix, students from Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge high held their own against nearly two dozen other school teams.

Canyon Del Oro boys finished seventh overall, finishing with 461 strokes. Ironwood Ridge boys came in ninth overall with 465 strokes.

Logan France, a Dorado senior, finished in ninth place with 110 at the event. The Nighthawk’s Ruben Ruiz took 16th place with 112 strokes. The first place finisher, Matt Lee from Horizon, ended his rounds with 101.

The Dorado girls finished 11th overall with 415 strokes. Dorado freshman Morgan Messick finished sixth overall with 75 strokes. The first place winner, Jacquie LeMarr from Chaparral, finished with 68.

The boys played 27 holes on Friday and Saturday. The girls played 18 holes on Friday.

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