|Boys teams take off at the start of Wednesday’s tri-meet at Dewey-Humboldt.|
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
|Rosio Aguilar, Chino Valley, left, sprints to the finish line with Bradshaw Mountain’s Lauren Hickok, as BMHS coach Mike Simon watches, at the Bears’ tri-meet in Dewey this past week. Aguilar edged Hickok for 4th place.|
Bradshaw Mountain High's cross country guys and gals outran the threat of thunderstorms to win their own tri-meet this past Wednesday at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School in Dewey.
The ladies from Bradshaw, Chino Valley and Sunnyslope opened competition under partly sunny skies. Dodging puddles and occasional quagmires, they finished as the clouds darkened ominously, with Hannah Madler from the host team first across the finish line, in 20 minutes, 12 seconds. Teammate Alicia Cornejo was next, with 21:15. Lauren Hickok, 21:52; Athena Dias, 22:16; Maria Gonzales, 22:52, and Rachel Zea, 22:53, placed 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th, respectively. The top five gave the Lady Bears 22 points for the team victory. Chino was second with 42.
The gents quickly took the starting line as coaches kept an eye on the approaching storm. Sunnyslope's Alex Bates covered the course in 16:35 for first place. Chino's McKenzie Nez was on his heels with 16:42. Bradshaw's Saul Martinez edged Chino's Tim Rudiger at the finish, as both registered a time of 17:01. Contributing to Bradshaw's 34-point victory were: Satchel Clifford, 6th, 17:49; Tycien Chaney, 7th, 17:50; Ben Dike, 8th, 17:51; and Eli Perleberg, 10th, 17:59.
Chino was a close second, with 36 points, and Sunnyslope had 50.
As the athletes, laden with coolers and gym bags, headed for their buses, torrential rain drenched them.
Saturday, Bradshaw competed at the Ray Wherley Invitational on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus in Prescott, along with 1,000 runners from 35 teams.