Originally Published: September 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Prescott High's girls' cross country team sparkled at the Peaks Invitational in Flagstaff Saturday, winning the varsity Ascent Division behind five top 10 individual finishers, while the Badger boys took second.
At Buffalo Park, Prescott's Jordan Twombly-Ellis won the girls' Ascent race in 21 minutes, 30 seconds. Teammate Katie Townsend was second in 21:38, followed by Makennah Mills (sixth, 22:33), Swayze Smith (eighth, 22:45) and Carissa Evans (ninth, 22:54).
For the PHS boys, the Badgers' Simon Paige won the varsity Ascent Division in 16:50, while freshman Matthew Bradley finished eighth in 18:37. Overall, the Prescott boys were runners-up to Greenway.
Next up, Prescott will host the annual Ray Wherley Invitational from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Also on Saturday, Bradshaw Mountain High's cross country teams ran at Peaks, but tackled the Summit race, which is considered the most difficult course.
Posting times for the Bears' boys, who ran five sophomores and one senior, were Ricky Ayala (80th, 20:19), David Villagran (91st, 20:27), Colton Shumway (134th, 22:58), Emilio Mendibles (137th, 23:23), and Jeremy Guillem (137th, 24:02).
For the Bradshaw girls, Alicia Cornejo (90th, 25:19) was the lone standout.
The Bears will run their next race at Sunnyslope in Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon.