|Left, McKenzie Nez, Chino Valley High, and right, Saul Martinez, Bradshaw Mountain, run side by side for awhile at Bradshaw’s home meet this past Wednesday. They finished second and third, respectively, just ahead of a storm.|
|Chino Valley’s Rosio Aguilar edges Bradshaw Mountain’s Lauren Hickok for 4th place at radshaw’s 3-way meet.|
The Chino Valley High cross country teams outran the threat of thunderstorms to place second at Bradshaw Mountain's 3-way meet this past Wednesday in Dewey.
The ladies from Bradshaw, Chino Valley and Sunnyslope opened competition under partly sunny skies. Dodging puddles and occasional quagmires, they finished as the clouds darkened ominously. Chino's McKeisha Nez placed 3rd in 21:27, while Rosio Aguilar was 4th with 21:51. Natalie Molloy was 7th, 22:30; Chloe Vallejo, 12th, 23:44; and Hannah Sanders 16th, 25:37, to give the Lady Cougars 42 points, behind Bradshaw's winning 22.
The gents quickly took the starting line as coaches kept an eye on the approaching storm. For the Cougars, McKenzie Nez finished close on the heels of winner, Sunnyslope's Alex Bates, with 16:42 for second. Tim Rudiger was edged at the finish by Bradshaw's Saul Martinez and took 4th, as both registered a time of 17:01.
Also contributing to Chino's point total of 36, just two points behind Bradshaw's 34, were: Andrew Frietag, 5th, 17:21; Uriel Saldana, 12th, 18:11; and Stanley Swiacki, 13th, 18:22.