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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kat Howard

Nighthawk runner shoots to top of pack

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Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

While most kids slept through summer vacation, Kat Howard spent her off-season striding toward the top of Ironwood Ridge’s cross-country roster.

Howard took seventh in last weekend’s Doug Conley Invitational in Tempe, with a 19:26 time that helped the Nighthawks win the event.

Fast times are the senior’s new trend, after she didn’t even qualify last year for Ironwood Ridge‘s state champion team. Her motive to finish by battling for the team’s top position is quite simple.

“I like (cross-country) a lot,” Howard said. “It’s about as fun as running can be.”

Judging from the clock, Howard is having a ball. She turned the fastest 12th grade time (second overall among 455 runners) at the Sept. 13 Chandler Invitational.

Howard also won the Sept. 6 Marana Invitational, but she’s more than a pair of fast shoes, said Nighthawks coach Rob Clouse.

A quick learner in Clouse’s physics class last year, Howard carries a 4.67 GPA and hopes the total package might land her a college ride, preferably to the University of Arizona.

“She’s a really funny kid, an all-around good kid,” Clouse said. “We’ll miss her next year.”

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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