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Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Paced by the individual championships of Steve Magnuson and Sarah Miville, Ironwood Ridge was able to capture the 5A-II cross country titles for both the boys and girls teams.

"As a coach, this was probably the most gratifying season I've had," said boys coach Gary Forrest. "Nobody predicted we'd win our third straight title."

Magnuson, arguably the second-fastest runner in Arizona high school cross country, won all his invitationals, save one, by wide margins, according to his coach.

"They weren't even close," Forrest said. Forrest had implied earlier in the season that Magnuson's only challenge might be by Brian Shrader of Flagstaff, possibly the state's best runner. They squared off at Queen Creek, where Shrader defeated Magnuson by about four seconds. It would be the only time Magnuson didn't finish first all season.

In addition to winning at state, Magnuson also won at regionals. He will be attending North Carolina next fall.

Miville's state title was a little more unexpected.

"She didn't run at regionals," Forrest said. "She peaked at the right time." The junior had an eight-second margin of victory at state.

As a team, the girls team captured one invitational, while the boys team finished second in one, and was third in two others.

"This is probably the strongest region in the state," Forrest said. "Rincon finished third and Sunnyside was fifth."

Allison Crawford fought for a top-five finish at state. The senior finished fifth with a time of 19:30.63.

"Her whole year was plagued by injuries," Forrest said. "She had a good meet at regions. 'Big Meet' Crawford, we called her."

Junior Lauren Cooper finished eighth among the girls. Junior Jill Magnuson and sophomore Emily Wilkinson had top-20 finishes, too.

On the boys side, sophomores David Olson and John Winfield finished in the top 20.

Despite losing Magnuson and Crawford, Forrest is looking forward to 2010.

"Our team is very young," Forrest said. "We lose Magnuson, but we think our other runners will be very good.

"As a coach, to see as hard as the freshmen worked (was gratifying). You hardly see the kind of effort we got from our freshmen this year."

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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