Prescott High boys, girls harriers win Yavapai County Championships

Chino Valley’s Brenden Tupper, Badgers’ Mills individual victors

Chino Valley's Brenden Tupper, left, finished first in the boys race during the Yavapai County Cross Country Meet at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott Wednesday, Oct. 19. At right, Prescott's Makennah Mills finished first in the girls race.

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Chino Valley's Brenden Tupper, left, finished first in the boys race during the Yavapai County Cross Country Meet at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott Wednesday, Oct. 19. At right, Prescott's Makennah Mills finished first in the girls race.

PRESCOTT – Prescott High’s boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams made it a clean sweep on Wednesday, Oct. 19, winning the 2016 Yavapai County Cross-Country Championships at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University course.

In their respective 5,000-meter varsity races, the Badgers’ boys tallied 35 points, while the girls recorded 31 points en route to first place.

Individually, Chino Valley’s Brenden Tupper won the boys’ race in 17 minutes and 44.5 seconds. Prescott’s Makennah Mills won the girls’ race in 20 minutes and 28.6 seconds.

Rounding out the Top 5 team finishes on the boys’ side were Bradshaw Mountain (second place, 50 points), Chino Valley (third, 65) and Mingus Union (fourth, 72). For the girls, Chino Valley’s squad snared second (35 points), Bradshaw finished third (66) and Combs was fourth (101). Combs, from San Tan Valley near Phoenix, was presumably a fill-in team for Mingus Union, which did not field a complete girls’ squad.

Rounding out the Top 5 individuals for the boys were Prescott’s John McMahon (runner-up, 17:48), Mingus’ Ryan Alexander (third, 18:24.50), Bradshaw’s David Villagran (fourth, 18:24.80) and Prescott’s Luke Fredrick (fifth, 18:26.50).

McMahon led Brenden Tupper for the last half of the race, although not more than one stride separated them. On the final stretch, Brenden pulled away for his first victory of the season.

As for the rest of the girls’ Top 5, it was Bradshaw’s Anna Zea (runner-up, 22:01), Prescott’s Kaitlyn Kasun (third, 22:06.10) and Carissa Evans (fourth, 22:26.40), and Chino Valley’s Becca Tupper (fifth, 22:44.10).

Prescott won both races despite not fielding two of its finest runners in Matthew Bradley and McKenna Bray. They were nursing injuries, but should be ready for next week’s sectional meet.

On Friday, Oct. 28, the Badgers will race in the Division III, Section IV championships at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Holbrook. Meanwhile, Bradshaw will run in the D-II, Section II championships and Chino will compete in the D-III, Section III championships, both at Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix. Sectionals races determine which teams qualify for the state meets in November.