Originally Published: September 28, 2014 6:01 a.m.
Mingus Union's boys' and girls' teams made it a clean sweep at the annual Bradshaw Mountain Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning in Dewey, winning the meet before heavy thunderstorms arrived later in the afternoon.
On the boys' side, the Marauders posted 32 first-place points, followed by Prescott High (2nd place, 46 points), Bradshaw Mountain (3rd, 48) and Buckeye Union (4th, 103) at the BM Middle School course.
Flagstaff High was scheduled to run in the race, but did not attend because the Flagstaff Unified School District cancelled participation in all of its schools' sporting events this weekend due to the inclement weather, Bradshaw coach Mike Simon said.
"We were very fortunate to get it (the race) in before the rain really started to pour," he said.
On the girls' side, Mingus claimed victory with 26 points, and Prescott was the runner-up with 31. Bradshaw didn't register a team score because its No. 5 runner, Jazlynn Cornejo, suffered an injury leading up to the race, Simon said.
Individually for the girls, Prescott's Jordan Twombly-Ellis won in 20 minutes and 33 seconds.
The host Bears' finishers included Maria Gonzalez (11th, 24:02), Alicia Cornejo (14th, 25:00), Karla Castillo (18th, 29:50) and Jasmine Jeffries (19th, 29:56).
In the boys' race, Mingus' Jordan Bramblett recorded the winning time in 17:14.
Leading the way for Bradshaw were Alex Villagran (3rd, 18:12), Ricky Ayala (7th, 18:37), David Villagran (9th, 18:57), David Carrillo (10th, 19:07) and Colton Shumway (20th, 20:17).
"It was a real competitive race between Mingus, Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain," Simon said of the boys' race. "It was a preview of what we'll see at the Yavapai County Championships (in late October)."
trip to Los Angeles
Chino Valley High's cross country team hit the road to compete in the Bell-Jeff Invite at Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Cougars' girls' team finished fourth in the medium schools division (700 to 1,800 students) with 143 points.
"The girls ran well today, and I hope this continues," Chino coach Marc Metz said.
Rosio Aguiar was the top finisher for the Chino Valley girls, taking 16th in 22:12. McKeisha Nez (17th, 22:23) and Cheyanne Penton (34th, 23:18) followed.
Other finishers for the Cougars' ladies included Hannah Sanders (48th, 24:37), Becca Tupper (54th, 25:01), Mya Pullins (58th, 25:19) and Christina Ballard (81st, 30:50).
The Cougars' boys' team placed eighth with 221 points. Pacing Chino was McKenzie Nez, who finished 10th in 16:37.
"It was a great race for McKenzie," Metz said. "This is his best race of the season so far."
Other boys' finishers for Chino included Uriel Saldana (62nd, 19:05), Daniel Shepherd (68th, 19:20), Scott Blakley (71st, 19:37), David Gehman (81st, 20:31), Brenden Tupper (82nd, 20:37) and Taylor Blakley (91st, 21:53).