Cross Country: Araceli Gonzales wins the Los Mezquites Invitational and Kylie Wild and Michael Urbanski win the Mt. Carmel Invite

Araceli Gonzales. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Pueblo freshman Araceli Gonzales ran away from the pack at the Los Mezquites Invitational held at Kennedy Park on Saturday with a time of 22:27.1. She is now 3-0 in her first three races in high school.

“This race was really hard because it was rocky and it was hot,” Gonzales said. “I had to catch some people because I was in third and the second girl kept cutting me off. I just sprinted and went and I saw the other girl in front of me, she looked really tired. So I was like, oh, I’m just going to go for it.”

Thatcher’s Sedona Nelson took second with a time of 23:01.9 and Riley Amarillas of Walden Grove came in third with a time of 23:33.2.  As a team, Nogales took first with 29 points, Thatcher scored 55 and Rincon/UHS come in with 57.

This was the 29th version of the Los Mezquites Invitational hosted by Sunnyside and it opens up the invitational season for the Tucson area with the Salpointe John Gleeson Invitational slated for Oct. 16.  The sites for the Southern Sectionals have not been determined but they will all take place in the first week of November and the state tournament is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Cave Creek Golf Club.


Nogales Girls (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Salpointe junior Kylie Wild won the Mt. Carmel XC Invitational on Saturday with a time of 15:35.9. Wild won the Division III state championship last year with a time of 18:37.3. The Mt. Carmel Meet is a 2.7 mile course run in Balboa Park in San Diego and the AIA state meet is a 5K or roughly 3.1 miles. Wild raced in the senior event.

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Salpointe junior Michael Urbanski won the junior event with a time of 16:19.6 and his Lancer teammate Diego Veliz took second with a time of 16:27.1. The Salpointe boys and girls swept the D-III state tournament last year.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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