The 2014 high school cross country season got started on Wednesday with the Northwest Showdown at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Eight boys squads and seven girls squads competed in the event.
There were four races altogether, two JV races and two varsity races and over 250 runners competed.
The Ironwood Ridge boys took home the team title, garnering just 51 points. Salpointe was second with 72. CDIO was third, while Mountain View edged Catalina Foothills by a single point, 106-107, to take fourth place. Marana was eighth.
The Nighthawks were paced by three runners in the top-10. David Fernandez was third, seven seconds behind Nathan Thomas. Brandon McKay and Tyler Peterson were seventh and eighth respectively, finishing within three seconds of each other.
Graydon Fritz was 12th, while Tony Torres finished just out of the top-20 by 0.1 seconds, coming in 21st with a time of 17.29.20.
CDO’s Timothy Ronan was second, while teammates Jacob Bruno and Jacob Rischar was ninth.
Mountain View’s best finisher was Graydon Fritz in 15th, teammate Josh Fleetwood was 17th.
Emilio Vasquez led Catalina Foothills with a fourth place finish.
Elijah Barnett was Marana’s top finisher. Taking 37th place.
On the girls side it was Vista Grande making the 45 minute trip down I-10 to take the title, they edged Foothills 44-48. Ironwood Ridge was third, while Marana and Mountain View were sixth and seventh.
CDO’s Bridgette Doucet was the story. She cruised to an easy win in the race, beating Vista Grande’s Carissa Diaz by 1:28. The senior runner made her return to the sport after taking last season off to deal with serious health issues.
The Nighthawks had three runners in the top-10, while Catalina Foothills had four of their runners crack the top-12.
Kristin Powell and Kaeli Otto were third and forth for the Nighthawks, while teammate Taylor Palma was 10th. Richelle Sandin and Katie Watson were fith and sixth for the Falcons. Foothills’ Ally Vanasco was 12th.
Rhiana Bourguet was the top finisher for Marana, taking 18th, while Kiley Hancock’s 29th place finish was tops for the Mountain Lions