Rincon/UHS sophomore Abigail Kurgat wins the Los Mezquites Cross Country Invitational

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)



Rincon/University sophomore Abigail Kurgat won the 30th Annual Los Mezquites Invitational hosted by Sunnyside on Saturday morning with a time of 21:56.6. Kurgat is relatively new to cross country and she finished her freshman season with a time of 22:51.3 at the Division I meet last year. Empire’s Ciara Ledford came in second place with a time of 22:31.6.

The Cienega girls brought home the team title with a score of 48 and the Rangers took second with 62 points.

Rio Rico High School will host all of the Southern Arizona section meets on Nov. 2 and the state meet for all levels will be held on Nov. 12 at the Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.


  1. Cienega 48
  2. Rincon University 62
  3. Mica Mountain 93
  4. Tanque Verde 105
  5. Higley 109
  6. Nogales 154
  7. Desert View 161
  8. Flowing Wells 167
  9. San Tan Foothills 213
  10. Baboquivari 297
(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


  1. Abigail Kurgat, Rincon/UHS 21:56.6
  2. Ciara Ledford, Empire 22:31.6
  3. Alana Alva, Mica Mountain 22:34.0
  4. Natalie Flores, Cienega 22:38.1
  5. Ainsley Hepworth, Willcox 22:43.3
  6. Cassidy Davidson, Cienega 22:44.2
  7. Alonna Hannibal, Mica Mountain 22:44.9
  8. Mia Barraza , Nogales 22:54.5
  9. Amelia North, Rincon/UHS 23:08.4
  10. Elise Miner, Higley 23:15.7


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by the Sunnyside School District and by Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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