Originally Published: October 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott will host the ninth annual Yavapai County Cross Country Championships at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The meet features high school teams from Bradshaw Mountain, Camp Verde, Canyon View Prep, Chino Valley, Cottonwood Mingus Union, Mingus Mountain Academy, Prescott, Sedona Red Rock, Seligman, Tri-City Prep and Wickenburg.
Prescott High coach Clark Tenney said that the championships kick off at 3 p.m. with the junior varsity boys' race, followed by the varsity girls' race at 3:40 p.m. and the varsity boys' race at 4:15 p.m.
All races are on ERAU's 3.1-mile course.
Medals will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in both of the varsity races. The winning team receives a championship trophy.
Last year at Pioneer Park, Prescott's boys' team won its second straight county championship trophy with 41 points, besting runner-up Bradshaw Mountain and its 54 points.
In 2013, Mingus appears to be a slight favorite to win the boys' crown, although Prescott's in the mix.
On the girls' side last year, Mingus Union also captured its second consecutive county team title with 29 points, as the Badgers claimed second place with 42 points.
The Marauders' girls also appear to be slight favorites again today, with Prescott on their heels.
As for the local boys' varsity's highest individual returning finishers from the 2012 county meet, Prescott's Simon Paige (currently his team's No. 1 runner) was the runner-up in 17 minutes, 13 seconds.
Paige, Prescott's Rhen and Kye Davis, Bradshaw's Saul Martinez and Chino's McKenzie Nez are medal contenders.
For the varsity girls last year, the Badgers' Claren Fraher (fourth, 21:25) and Jordan Twombly-Ellis (fifth, 21:32) were the highest local individual finishers.
Fraher and Twombly-Ellis will run again today and are among the favorites to win medals.
After today's county meet, Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain will compete in the Division 2, Section 1 championships Nov. 1 at the Skunk Creek Landfill off Happy Valley Road in Phoenix. Sectionals will determine who qualifies for the D-2 state meet Nov. 9 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
Meanwhile, Chino Valley will move on to the D-3, Section 1 championships Nov. 2 at Holbrook Golf Course in Holbrook. Sectionals will decide who qualifies for the D-3 state meet Nov. 9 at Cave Creek Golf Course.