KINGMAN – A year after taking ninth place at the AIA Division III Boys Cross Country State Championship and losing four of its top seven runners, Lee Williams scrambled back to earn 16th place at the 2016 state meet Saturday in Phoenix.
“I wasn’t sure we’d compete at state as a team again so soon,” said LWHS cross country coach Joan Abraham. “I’m very proud of them all. They ran well.”
Senior Zach Moyd led the Volunteers with a 36th-place finish, running the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 21 seconds. Chinle’s Santiago Hardy won the individual state championship with a time of 15:27. Page took the team honors.
Sophomore Cayden Robles (17:52) followed Moyd through the finish line for the Vols with 65 points. Sophomore Colby Robles (18:40) scored 108, freshman Andrew Cardiff (19:17) tallied 139, and senior Carlos Castaneda (19:32) added 148. Junior Daryl Bland (19:38) and junior Anthony Margules (19:38) had non-team scoring times.
Kingman’s Thomas Bigelow was the only Bulldog to qualify and finished in 124th place out of 211 runners with a time of 18:42.
“We’re only losing a few seniors off this team, so next year looks promising, too,” Abraham said.
Kingman felt good about its chances of finishing in the top 15 at Saturday’s state meet, but the Lady Bulldogs fell short of that goal coming in 21st place.
Holly Tsosie led Kingman with 48 points and running the 3.1-mile course in 21:30. Rio Rico’s Allie Schadler, a University of Washington recruit, won her fourth individual state championship in 17:03. Salpointe Catholic won the girls team state championship.
The Lady Bulldogs’ Taylor Tanner (22:27) scored 86 points, Julia Ostberg (23:12) 112, Kyla Silas (23:45), 128, and Celine Lucero-White (25:12) 158. Lorenza Tubbs (25:14) and Lilly May Garcia (28:57) had non-scoring runs.
Lee Williams’ Alondra Correa and Karina Lamsus qualified individually for the Lady Vols. Correa placed 53rd with a time of 21:33, and Lamsus was 175th out of 204 competitors running the course in 25:27.