By Sam Conner–
The Winslow High School cross country teams fared well in the Peaks Invitational Meets at Flagstaff on Saturday. Coach Annie Watson reported that the Winslow teams competed in the Ascent level of competition. The Ascent is for most schools except those with the most highly skilled and developed programs, which competed in the Summit level. These races were 3.1 miles in distance.
The Winslow boys’ varsity finished fourth among the 15 teams in the Ascent competition. Prescott, Dobson and Kingman, all bigger schools, finished ahead of Winslow. The Bulldogs finished ahead of Chaparral, Holbrook, Trevor Browne, Gilbert, Veritas Prepatory Academy, Ganado, Many Farms, Maryvale, St. Mary’s, Gilbert Classical Academy and Red Mesa.
Cody Sangster, a senior, led the Winslow boys. He placed sixth in a time of 18:31. His average mile split was 5:57. John Hoskie, a junior who is new to cross country this year, took 20th with a time of 19:19. John was averaging 6:13 miles. Milland Thomas was 30th in 19:36, followed closely by Kevin Decker in 36th and Lorin Greenwood in 41st. Brandon Watts, the sixth runner, broke a team tie between Winslow and Chaparral High School, which both had 128 points. Because Brandon came in 48th place and the sixth runner for Chaparral came in 55th place, the Bulldogs came out ahead. There were 96 runners in this race.
The Winslow girls finished seventh among 13 teams in the competition. All six of the girls’ teams ahead of Winslow were from bigger schools. That meet was won by Mountain Ridge, followed by Prescott, Chaparral, Desert Ridge, Kingman and Trevor Browne. The Lady Bulldogs finished ahead of Cesar Chavez, Show Low, Coconino, Centennial, Dobson and Maryvale.
Rachel Montoya, a junior, led the Lady Bulldogs with a 13th place finish in a time of 23:07. She was averaging 7:26 mile splits. Danielle Dickson, a senior, was 26th in 24:09. Aaliyah Lewis, a promising and talented freshman, was 38th in 24:46. Freshman Michaela Bia was 48th and Nicole Lee, a sophomore, was 49th. Michelle Crowfeather, the team captain and a junior, was 82nd. There were 98 runners in this race.
In the 3.1-mile junior varsity competition, Matt Honvantewa was the highest finisher from WHS in a time of 21:19, earning 50th place. Peyton Pete was 57th in a time of 21:33.
In the girls’ junior varsity meet, Tatiana Clyde, a senior, was the highest Lady Bulldog finisher in a time of 28:46.
WHS did not run full junior varsity squads, because many jayvee runners participated in the novice race.
The 2.2-mile novice races were open to any athletes new to the sport of cross country, regardless of their age or year in school. Four Winslow Bulldogs emerged in the top 15. Medals were given to participants who finished in the top 10. Trevor Begay, a sophomore, took third in a time of 15:24. One second behind him, Jalen Brady, a freshman, took fourth. Both averaged seven-minute miles. Two more WHS freshmen, Tylon Yazzie and Marcus Dixon, finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Markus Monroe, another freshman, finished 23rd. There were 48 runners in this race.
Three WHS freshmen competed in the girls’ novice race, and all three placed in the top six. Stasha Bahe took second in a time of 18:37, averaging 8:28 per mile. Avrial Sheffer took fourth in 18:54, and Kiyanna Honani took sixth in 19:10. There were 53 runners in this race.
In the Summit competition among the elite teams at the meet, Chinle won the girls’ event, followed by Page and Flagstaff. Chinle also won the boys’ Summit competition, followed by Tuba City and Flagstaff.
The cross country teams will participate in the Ray Wherley Invitational Meet at Prescott on Saturday, Sept. 10, and the Four Corners Invitational at Flagstaff on Saturday, Sept. 17.