Originally Published: October 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Schools from across Yavapai County descended on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the last regular season meet, the 9th annual Yavapai County Cross Country Championships.
The wind was up and so were the temperatures for the annual championship race. The 3.1-mile course starts out on the backside of the ERAU softball field and winds around the campus, up rock-covered hills, and through a wash or two. More than 100 runners competed in the annual event, which features a boys' junior varsity race, girls JV and varsity race, capping off with the boys varsity race.
Prescott's Simon Paige won the individual meet, coming in first with a time of 16 minutes and 13 seconds.
Mingus Union took the top spot for both the boys and the girls' teams, edging out Prescott. The Badger boys' team tied with the Marauders at 43 points each, but the tie-breaking criteria cost Prescott the win. Mingus' sixth runner, Keenan DeVore, finished one place and 10 seconds ahead of Prescott's Chris Vakula.
"A tie is pretty rare in cross country, especially in a bigger meet with six full teams," PHS head coach Clark Tenney said. "Ironically, this also happened two years ago with us and Mingus at the Yavapai County Cross Country Championships."
The Chino Valley boys' team took home third place, Sedona Red Rock was fourth and Bradshaw Mountain trailed in fifth place.
In the girls' team standings, Chino Valley finished fourth behind Sedona. Bradshaw took fifth.
Mingus' Justine Taylor won the girls crown breaking the 20-minute mark with a time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds.
The next meet for Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain will be the Division 2, Section 1 championships on Nov. 1 at the Skunk Creek Landfill off Happy Valley Road in Phoenix. That meet will determine who qualifies for the D-2 state meet on Nov. 9 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
Chino Valley moves on to the D-3, Section 1 championships on Nov. 2 at Holbrook Golf Course in Holbrook. The Holbrook meet will decide who qualifies for the D-3 state meet on Nov. 9 at Cave Creek Golf Course.
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