Cross Country

CROSS COUNTRY: Los Mezquites still a proud race

Karen Renteria (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Just like the runners on its course, the Los Mezquites Invitational is steadily pacing its way back to one of the premier cross country races in Southern Arizona.

The invitational began around 1990, which means it would be nearing its 30th anniversary, but a recent break in competition, along with the loss of elementary and middle school runners, caused a decrease in numbers but the invitational is still a proud gauge of talent with one month left before sectionals….

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BOYS TEAM
1. Flowing Wells 45
2. Sunnyside 61
3. St Augustine 63
4. Cholla 64
5. Sahuarita 118
6. Nogales 136

BOYS TOP 10
1. Juan Miranda 18:05.6 Flowing Wells
2. Uriel Fernandez 18:43.3 Cholla
3. Stephen Gonzales 18:45.9 Sunnyside
4. Gavin McCormick 18:59.4 Sahuarita
5. Brandon Gonzalez 19:00.9 Flowing Wells
6. Devonte Dietz 19:19.9 Flowing Wells
7. Isaiah Reed 19:28.1 Flowing Wells
8. Stephon Hendricks 19:29.1 Baboquivari
9. Sebastian Ochoa 19:32.7 Cholla
10. Nicholas Schlagel 19:42.2 St Augustine

Legendary starter Paul Sitter was entered into the Hall fo Fame on Saturday. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

GIRLS TEAM
1. Nogales 37
2. Flowing Wells 85
3. Sahuarita 93
3. Sunnyside 93
5. Baboquivari 118
6. St Augustine 134
7. Cholla 140

GIRLS TOP 10
1. Karen Renteria 21:56.0 Nogales
2. Andrea Michel 22:57.8 Cholla
3. Janae Quihuis 23:03.7 Nogales
4. Elisama Gurrola-Burgueno 23:05.9 Sunnyside
5. Beatriz Hernandez 23:33.4 Sunnyside
6. Marissa Lopez 23:47.4 Sahuarita
7. Brenda Torres 23:53.6 St Augustine
8. Cassandra Rojas 23:54.4 Nogales
9. Autumn Nelson 24:01.8 Baboquivari
10. Aritalia Williams 24:38.2 The Gregory School

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