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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Steve Magnuson of Ironwood Ridge has spent his senior season showing why he's one of the top-ranked runners in the country.

Magnuson has finished first in four of his five invitationals. Earlier this month, he won the Doug Conley Invitational and wasn't challenged.

For a runner ranked 19th nationally, the season's most significant competition thus far came on Oct. 2, when Magnuson competed in the Queen Creek Twilight Invitational. He finally got a chance to race against someone ranked higher than himself, Brian Shrader of Flagstaff, sixth nationally. While Shrader won the race with a time of 14:24, Magnuson finished a close second with a time of 14:31.

"Magnuson was only a few seconds behind," said Ironwood boys coach Garry Forrest. "His focus is on Foot Locker on Dec. 7. He's running 85-90 miles a week."

The Nighthawks are fortunate that Magnuson chose to spend his senior year running for them, as he transferred from Salpointe Catholic. He had taken the summer off to rehab after he had suffered an Achilles injury.

Regionals are Oct. 31, state on Nov. 7.

The Nighthawks want to compete for a state title, and they've defeated Sunnyside, the defending 5A-II state champions, in head-to-head competition. Drew Garcia finished fourth, Wally Hensley was sixth, and Mitchell Roberts came in ninth in that event. All three are freshmen.

"We have a talented group of freshmen," Forrest said.

The Ironwood Ridge girls have a tough act to follow, as they captured the 5A-II state championship in each of the last two years. Last year, the Nighthawks finished first at the Co-Ed Rattler Invitational and at the Doug Conley.

"It was neater than winning at state," said girls coach Rob Clouse.

Last year, junior Sarah Miville was fourth at state, senior Alison Crawford fifth, and Sam Strange 14th.

At the Queen Creek event Oct. 2, three Nighthawk girls had top-30 finishes. Miville was 19th with a time of 18:29. Crawford finished 26th with a time of 18:45, and Lauren Cooper was 30th at 18:55.

"We've been fortunate to get some talented athletes," Clouse said. "It helps to have a successful program."

Boys coach Forrest has high hopes for both squads at regionals and state.

"We should both win the regional meets," Forrest said. "We should probably be favored in the state meet."

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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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