Originally Published: September 1, 2018 4:51 p.m.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. FLAGSTAFF — Prescott’s boys’ cross-country team finished ninth and its girls took 10th to open the 2018 season Saturday at Buffalo Park.
Badgers coach Cylinda Bray said Prescott didn’t compete with its full varsity teams because they were “missing several athletes due to the Labor Day holiday” and due to illness.
For the Badgers boys, only Alec Almendarez medaled, placing ninth in 18 minutes and 13 seconds.
“This was roughly a 3-minute improvement from last year’s race,” Bray said of Almendarez’s time.
Claiming second place on the Badgers boys’ side was freshman Lisandro McCarter (34th, 19:31), followed by Wyatt Bray (43rd, 19:57).
For the Prescott girls, they were missing lead runner Makenna Bray. However, four Badgers ran together in a pack, paced by freshman Michelle Parent (33rd, 23:26), coach Bray said. Close behind Parent were Alyssa Moise (38th, 23:46), Emily McMahon (41st, 23:51) and Tea Castro (46th, 24:04).
“We need to get the team healthy and get ready for next week’s home invite, the Ray Wherley,” Bray added.
Prescott will play host to the annual Ray Wherley Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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