The Kingman High Girl's cross country team was apprehensive about getting lost on the course at Anthem Boulder Creek on Wednesday, but the only thing they lost in the four-team meet was their opposition.
It was the first victory of the year for the Bulldogs who scored a 41 as a team while they outran Boulder Creek, 49, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 51, and Phoenix Trevor Browne, 73.
Alyshia Solano carved out the path for the Bulldogs as she placed second overall with a time of 21:18 over the 3-mile course.
"Alyshia was just outstanding and probably ran her best race of the season," coach Anne Bathauer said on Thursday.
One thing that set this race apart from most others was that the girl's race was run at the same time as the boys. This allowed for Solano to push herself harder to run faster with the boys, according to Bathauer.
Baily Lawson, who took fifth place, Stephanie Reinoso ninth, Tammy Clark 10th and Tiffany Reinoso in 15th, followed Solano.
That the Bulldogs did capture their first win caused Bathauer to caution that this was not the end for them.
"It's not over until region and state," Bathauer said.
The boy's team also pulled out a victory against the same four teams. As in their previous meet against Glendale Deer Valley, the Bulldogs needed a tiebreaker to decide the outcome. Kingman's Scott Beatty took 22nd place as the Bulldogs' sixth runner and outdistanced the closest Trevor Browne competitor in 25th place after the two squads finished tied at 45-45.
The Trevor Browne team captured first, third and fourth individually while Kingman's cluster of fifth, seventh, ninth, 11th and 13th places forced the tiebreaker.
Wes Anderson's 17:13 led the way for Kingman and was followed by Jeff Manzano, Jesse Peterson, Daniel Light, Dominic Tapia and Beatty.
Bathauer believes that the boy's team has a legitimate shot at the region championships. "We look tight with Deer Valley, and with more runners at region it will be easier for us to score points as we run in packs. We should be a top team at region."
The Bulldogs head to the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational at 10 a.m Saturday and its field of 15 to 20 teams. The shorter course of 2.7 miles should help the Bulldogs in their quest for first place.
"There will be some tough competition," Bathauer said, "but tough competition will make us stronger."