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Badgers track's Mills places 3rd overall in 2,000m steeplechase

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PRESCOTT HIGH SOPHOMORE DISTANCE RUNNER MAKENNAH MILLS finished her summer season solidly, placing third overall in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships the afternoon of July 30 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mills registered a new personal-record time of 7 minutes and 39.35 seconds in the steeplechase, easily besting her previous PR of 7:48.36 at the 2015 Arizona Junior Olympic State Championships in June.

Several hours earlier on the morning of the 30th, Mills ran the 1,500 meters in 5:07.72. That time nearly matched the 5:07.45 she posted in the event at the J.O. State Championships.

Mills, who did not advance past the preliminaries in the 1500m, finished 23rd out of 45 girls in Jacksonville.

To qualify for nationals, Mills won the 2,000m steeplechase and the 1,500m at the Regional Junior Olympic Championships July 11 and 12 at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Mills finished high enough in the 2,000m steeplechase, the 400m hurdles and the 1,500m at the Arizona J.O. Championships June 13 and 14 in Mesa to reach regionals.

As a freshman, Mills ran varsity cross-country for a Prescott High team that placed fourth at the Division 2 state meet in the fall of 2014.

During track season for PHS this past spring, Mills qualified for the D-2 state meet in the 3200m and the 300m hurdles. At the end of the school year, she received an award from the Badgers' track program for scoring the most overall points for the varsity squad during the 2015 campaign.

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THE PHS BADGERS FOOTBALL Booster Club is playing host to Badger Football Day from 3:30-7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 15, at the high school, 1050 N. Ruth St.

This open-to-the-public event offers the 2015 Prescott High football team a chance to mingle with the community and celebrate the start of the season, which is Aug. 28.

Charity Huard, a football booster club member, said the gathering will have a carnival-style feel to it and feature food, games, a jump house, face painting and 'Cow Patty Bingo,' among other activities.

Arizona Cardinals manager of youth football Maurice Streety will offer a 'Football 101' class for event participants who want to learn more about the game, Huard added.

There will also be a Badgers' apparel booth where fans can buy memorabilia for the 2015-16 academic year.

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THE TRI-CITY AREA'S HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN BIKING teams are gearing up for a Bike-a-Thon and bike swap fundraiser/raffle later this month in support of their upcoming 2015-16 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) season.

Prescott High, Bradshaw Mountain, Tri-City Prep, Northpoint, Chino Valley High and Canyon View's squads will host the event from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on the Brownlow Trail next to Pioneer Park, 1200 Commerce Drive in Prescott.

On Aug. 22, local Arizona High School Cycling League members will be seeking donations from folks who are willing to pledge money to riders based either on their miles ridden that day or on a flat sum. Those who don't have money to give are still encouraged to show up and cheer on the teams.

Riders will use all of the donations they receive to help offset the costs associated with the racing season.

For more information about the fundraiser/raffle, send an email to: tall1track775@gmail.com.

To report an item for the High School Notes column, send an email to dcook@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2039

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