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Prep cross country races toward regionals

Experience and youth equally important for area squads

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:00 pm

Who says age and youth don’t mix?

Area cross-country teams begin regional competition this Saturday, Nov. 1, with state competition starting Nov. 8. This 2008 regular season showcased a new trend as team success rested on experienced seniors partnering with a crop of talented freshmen and sophomores.

Teams to watch:

Ironwood Ridge:

The dynamic duo of senior Kat Howard and defending state individual champion sophomore Sarah Miville was so dominant they were often left battling each other for first place, and their contribution was crucial to the Nighthawks’ team victory in the 10-team Rattler Invitational on Oct. 8. Last season, Ironwood Ridge’s girls’ team won the state championship, and it is currently ranked #1 by the Arizona Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

On the boys side, freshman David Olson and senior Steve Schaefer (sixth place at Rattler) ran impressively throughout the season.

Mountain View: The boys’ season was one focused on rebuilding, as the defending state champion Mountain Lions were unable to reload a squad decimated by graduation. Returning senior Ray Solis put in the best performances for the guys. The girls team, state runner-up last year, had more success, with veteran sophomore Kerri Lenihan and senior Brittny Vaughn (#3 at state last year) giving hope for a 2008 state title run.

Other individuals to watch:


CDO: Andrew Palmer (Sr.), Daniel Wong (So.)

Marana: Zach Schussel (Sr.), Cary Kelly (So.)

Pusch Ridge: Cory Kirk (Sr.), Erick Hawkins (Fr.)


CDO: Nicole Bronniman (Jr.), Taylor Stewart (So.)

Marana: Wendy Craft (Sr.), Catherine Rigby (Fr.)

Pusch Ridge: Naomi Anderson (Sr.), Brennan Smith (So.)

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HS Schedule


Aug. 21

Hamilton @ Ironwood Ridge

Rio Rico @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Desert Edge

Aug. 28

CDO @ Gilbert

Mountain View @ La Joya Community

Pueblo @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Bisbee

Sep. 4

CDO @ Tucson High Magnet School

Westwood @ Ironwood Ridge

Horizon @ Mountain View

Marana @ Pueblo

Benson @ Pusch Ridge

Catalina Foothills @ Cienega

Sep. 11

CDO @ Sahuaro

Salpointe @Ironwood Ridge

Mountain View @ Sunnyside

Arcadia @ Marana

McClintock @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Combs

Sep. 18

Cienega @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge @ Tucson High

Buena @ Mountain View

Marana @ Tempe

Catalina Foothills @ Rincon/University

Pusch Ridge @ Amphi

Sep. 25

Buena @ CDO

Sahuaro @ Ironwood Ridge

Mountain View at Cienega

Marana @ Catalina Foothills

Cholla @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 2

CDO @ Ironwood Ridge

Queen Creek @ Mountain View

Nogales @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Safford

Sahuarita @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 9

Poston Butte @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge @ Queen Creek

Shadow Ridge @ Mountain View

Marana @ Desert View

Nogales @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Flowing Wells

Oct 16

CDO @ Queen Creek

Ironwood Ridge @ Marcos de Niza

Mountain View @ Poston Butte

Rincon/University @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Sabino

Pueblo @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 23

Mountain View @ CDO

Poston Butte @ Ironwood Ridge

Marana @ Safford

Desert View @ Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 30

CDO @ Campo Verde 

Ironwood Ridge @ Mountain View

Sabino @ Marana

Pusch Ridge @ Rio Rico

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