Originally Published: October 5, 2014 6:01 a.m.
It's a huge cross country meet each year, and it turned out to be a huge event for Prescott.
The Desert Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande attracts dozens of programs across the state and hundreds of runners to its annual dusk starting line, and it was no different Friday night.
The Prescott girls' team clinched second place overall in the championship division with 103 points, which ranked first of all Arizona teams competing. Jordan Twombly-Ellis clocked in at 18:46 in second place, Katie Townsend ran 19:44 for 14th place, and all of the varsity girls captured personal-best times.
Meanwhile, Prescott's Simon Paige won the boys' championship division in a dominating performance, clocking in at 15:19. Freshman Matt Bradley ran 16:25 for 21st place, and all of the varsity boys ran under 19:00.
The PHS boys' team won the small school open division over Cottonwood's Mingus Union, 75 points to 105. Chris Vakula took third overall (18:18), Luke Hardy ran 18:41 for 11th place, and Austin Coyne ran 18:59 for 16th.
Bradshaw Mountain was also in the field, and the Bears competed in the small school (1,800 enrollment or less) varsity division. David Carrillo placed 32nd with a time of 17:29 followed by David Villagran (41st, 17:34), Ricky Ayala (53rd, 17:45), Alex Villagran (114th, 18:35) and Colton Shumway (147th, 19:10).
On the girls' side, Alicia Cornejo ran fastest for Bradshaw with a time of 22:26 in 97th place, and Elsie Estrada took 165th place in 24 minutes flat.
Chino Valley, too, ran at the Twilight.
The Cougar boys took 29th place out of 38 schools with 729 points in the small schools division. McKenzie Nez had a strong showing, placing 16th with a time of 17:05. Other Chino finishers included Daniel Shepherd (179th, 19:20), David Gehman (203rd, 19:44), Uriel Saldana (209th, 19:51), Scott Blakley (221st, 20:02), Brenden Tupper (244th, 20:38) and Taylor Blakley (268th, 21:33).
The Chino Valley girls finished 26th out of 31 schools with 577 points.
Leading the way for the Cougars was Rosio Aguiar, who finished in 79th with a time of 21:59. Cheyanne Penton placed 120th with a time of 22:50, followed by Mya Pullins (153rd, 23:40), Hannah Sanders (160th, 23:56), McKeisha Nez (188th, 24:45), Becca Tupper (194th, 24:56), and Christina Ballard (238th, 30:01).
The Cougars next compete in the Tuba City Bud Davis Invitational on Oct. 11.
The Badgers and Bears, meanwhile, have a week off for fall break. Prescott returns to action Oct. 15 at Centennial, the same day the Bears are back at Glendale.