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Originally Published: September 27, 2017 6 a.m.
Prescott's defending Division I state champion mountain-biking team leads the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s (AICL) D-I team standings after winning the second of the 2017 season’s five races Sunday at Pioneer Park.
The Badgers, who posted 3,164 first-place points on their home course’s 6.3-mile loop, currently lead second-place Buena of Sierra Vista by a combined point total of 6,321 to 6,260. Races 3, 4 and 5 for the 13 teams in D-I are scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8 at Fort Huachuca, Oct. 21 and 22 in Fountain Hills, and Nov. 4 and 5 in Waddell, respectively.
In Sunday’s varsity races for Prescott, senior Mackenzie Roberts won the girls’ race, completing the required three laps in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 53.97 seconds. Roberts currently leads the D-I girls’ standings with 1,150 points. Other Top 10 standouts for the Badgers included senior Grayson Hughes, whose 1:49:09.09 time in the required four laps earned him fifth place in the boys’ race (ranked seventh in the state); Lexi Hammes (seventh place for the girls, 1:33:59.30) and Alex Shumaker (10th place for the girls, 1:38:19.63).
Rounding out Division I’s Top 10 overall team standings through two races are: Flagstaff (third place, 6,048 points); Cactus Shadows of Cave Creek (fourth, 5,700); Tri-City College Prep of Prescott (fifth, 5,566); Northland Prep Academy of Flagstaff (sixth, 5,482); Boulder Creek of Anthem (seventh, 5,435); Brophy College and Xavier College prep academies of Phoenix (eighth, 5,208); Bradshaw Mountain of Prescott Valley (ninth, 5,138) and Desert Vista of Phoenix (10th, 5,102).
Individually in the Top 4 of Sunday’s boys’ varsity race, Buena seniors Evan Boone and Avery Baltunis placed first and second, respectively. Boone completed the required four laps in 1:39:43.71, and Baltunis did so in 1:40:18.83. Empire of Tucson’s Ethan Overson snared third (1:40:34.10; ranked first in the state) and Cactus Shadows’ Spencer Ciammitti took fourth (1:40:50.31).
On the girls’ side, following Roberts in completing the Top 5 of the three-lap race were: White Mountains Composite’s Natalie Fernau (second, 1:25:01.42; second overall in the state); Flagstaff’s Isabella Naughton (third, 1:25:32.95; third overall); Bradshaw Mountain’s Cecilia Depue (fourth, 1:30:21.76; fourth overall) and Boulder Creek’s Hannah Miller (fifth, 1:30:28.76). Chino Valley junior Phoebe Dunn placed sixth in 1:33:52.16. Dunn is ranked fifth overall in the state rankings and her team is rated ninth overall in Division II. Prescott’s Lexi Hammes (seventh, 1:33:59.30) and Alex Shumaker (10th, 1:38:19.63) also stood out on Sunday.
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