Pusch Ridge senior cross country runner Myles Floyd placed first in the Rio Rico Rattler Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 1 and he finished the month with a seventh-place finish in the prestigious Desert Twilight XC Festival in Mesa on Friday night.
Floyd ran the 5,000-meter course in the Rio Rico event in 16:24.4.
He covered the Desert Twilight course at the Toka Stick Golf Club in a personal-best time of 15:20.4. He was the highest finisher from Southern Arizona.
Floyd also placed second in the Ojo Rojo Invitational at Chandler on Sept. 15.
He ran that 5,000-meter course in 15:33.3, less than five seconds after winner Donovan Bitticks (15:28.1) of Scottsdale Horizon.
For his performance in the month of September, Floyd is the Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month.
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