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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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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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