KINGMAN – Though Phoenix Greenway swept both the boys and girls Division III, Section III cross country races Friday in Phoenix, the Kingman Lady Bulldogs and Lee Williams Volunteers qualified for this upcoming Saturday’s D-III State Championship Meet at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
Kingman’s boys and Lee Williams’ girls teams did not qualify. The Bulldogs placed 12th out of 15 and needed to be in the top eight, and the Lady Vols were eighth and just missed. Lee Williams needed to reach the top seven.
The Lee Williams boys finished fifth with 157 points, 110 behind Greenway. The Vols were 37 behind fourth-place Phoenix Shadow Mountain and 30 ahead of sixth-place Bullhead City Mohave.
Zach Moyd came in fifth place to pace the Vols. Moyd ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 23.77 seconds. Greenway’s Nathan Fockler won the section championship at 16:56.91.
Colby Robles came in 23rd for Lee Williams, Andrew Cardiff 37th, Carlos Castaneda 45th and Daryl Bland finished 47th to round out the scoring.
Kingman’s Thomas Bigelow was 22nd to lead the Bulldogs. His top-25 finish qualifies him for the state race as an individual.
The Kingman Lady Bulldogs were sixth with 141 points. Greenway led with 45, and Kingman was 16 points behind third-place Phoenix Thunderbird, nine behind fourth-place Chino Valley and three behind Goodyear Estrella Foothills.
KHS cross country coach Anne Bathauer said the 90-degree heat in Phoenix inhibited her runners. The girls state race Saturday will be run in the morning, which is a more favorable time for the Lady Bulldogs.
Holly Tsosie came in 19th place with a time of 22:42.26 to lead Kingman. Taylor Tanner was 21st, Julia Ostberg 25th, Lorenza Tubbs 39th and Kyla Silas was 42nd to round the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lee Williams Lady Vols had two runners qualify individually. Alondra Correa’s 17th-place finish and Karina Lamsus’ 24th place will have them running in Saturday’s state race.