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Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:48 am | Updated: 3:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The field for the state cross country championships are set, with the new sectional format making its debut over the past weekend. There were 12 sectional meets, three in each of the four divisions, with the meets happening either Friday or Saturday.

Here’s a brief rundown on how teams from the East Valley fared at their respective sectional meets:


Division I

Sectional I at Grand Canal Linear Park

Phoenix Alhambra heads into the Division I state finals as the clear-cut favorite, as the Lions were impressive in their victory in Sectional I.

Defending state champ Jorge Martinez didn’t win, but his second place finish was one of three top-5 efforts for Alhambra, as it scored 43 points, easily beating Desert Vista and Brophy, who both scored 68 points, but the Thunder earned the second-place trophy thanks to having a higher-placing No. 6 runner.

Rounding out the state qualifying teams are Yuma Cibola (79), Laveen Cesar Chavez (153), Mountain Pointe (173), Phoenix Central (175), Phoenix Trevor Browne (183) and Surprise Willow Canyon (255).

The individual winner was Cibola’s Bernie Montoya, who won by 10 seconds with a time of 15 minutes, 23.61 seconds. Brophy’s Will Firth was third at 15:48.51, while Ryan Dykstra led Desert Vista with his eighth-place finish (16:13.96). Brophy’s Tommy Williams finished 10th at 16:17.33. He was followed to the line by two Desert Vista runners, Ryan Maack (11th in 16:22.02) and Carter Macey (12th in 16:22.20).

Sectional II at City of Phoenix Cross Country Course

Four runners in the top-12 led Mountain View to the team title with 53 points, well ahead of second-place Skyline (95).

Three Toros were in the top 10, led by Blake Cowan in third (16:39.23), Dallin Gherkins in 7th (16:45.19) and R.J. Massey in 10th (16:54.23)

Rounding out the teams qualifying for the state meet were Anthem Boulder Creek (122), Desert Mountain (128), Red Mountain (153), Chaparral (162), Glendale Mountain Ridge (213) and Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor (216).

Glendale Deer Valley’s Joshua Espinoza was the individual winner in 16:30.75, holding off Skyline’s Fermin Villagran (16:34.73). The Coyotes also had a fifth-place finish from Randy Chavez (16:42.24).

Sectional III at Freestone Park

Corona del Sol’s overall depth helped the Aztecs claim the sectional title with 51 poitns. Highland, led by overall winner Corey Breinholt, was second with 79 points and Tucson Rincon (85) was third. Other teams qualifying for the state meet were Casa Grande (162), Mesquite (167), Basha (181), Buena (182) and Dobson (192).

Breinholt held off two Rincon runners to win in 16:22. Ryan Silva was second (16:33) and Noah Kenyawani was third (16:44).

Corona’s top finisher was Jared Hirschl in fourth at 16:46. Teammates Jake Whitney and James Hert were close behind in 6th (16:48) and 8th (16:54), respectively.

Highland’s David Graham placed 5th (16:48), while Basha’s Nathan Reich (9th, 16:59) and Dobson’s Jermey Mechanic (10th, 17:01) rounded out the East Valley runners in the top 10.

Division II

Sectional I at City of Phoenix Cross Country Course

Cactus Shadows, Notre Dame Prep and Paradise Valley all advanced to the Division II state meet with their finish in the top 8.

Peoria Sunrise Mountain was the team champion with 67 points, edging Prescott (69). Cactus Shadows was third with 108, Notre Dame was fifth at 142 and Paradise Valley was 8th at 228.

Sunrise Mountain’s Brandon Kocmoud was the individual champion in 16:35.89. Cactus Shadow’s top finisher was Ethan Homan, who placed third in 17:07.52. Notre Dame’s Ian Schaeffer also had a top-10 effort, placing 7th in 17:28.26.

Sectional II at Marana

Perry and Queen Creek each advanced out of the sectional, with the Pumas placing third as a team with 113 points and the Bulldogs sixth with 195 points.

Tucson Catalina Foothills, led by individual winner Rex Woodbury, was the team champion with 38 points.

The top East Valley finisher was Williams Field freshman Nathan Rodriguez, was was fifth in 16:52.9. Rodriguez and his Black Hawk teammates had transportation issues getting to the meet and the team arrived just moments before the start. Rodriguez advances to the state meet as an individual.

Perry’s Patrick Hardwick was sixth in 17:03.8 and teammate Alec Johnson was 10th in 17:13.0. Queen Creek’s top finisher was Alec Moore in 29th place.

Sectional III at Grand Canal Linear Park

McClintock and Marcos de Niza placed third and fourth, respectively, at the sectional meet to advance to the state meet.

Phoenix Camelback was the winner with 60 points, followed by Phoenix South Mountain (75 points). McClintock had 80 and Marcos de Niza had 110.

Both teams had two finishers in the top 10, led by McClintock’s Eduardo Roa, who was second in 16:11.92, behind Camelback’s Eric Zuza (15:55.46). The Chargers also had Efren Luque in 5th place (16:49.36). Marcos de Niza was led by Julio Felix, who placed 7th in 16:52.20, and Johnmark Farlett, who was 10th in 17:04.98.

Division III

Sectional I at Grand Canal Linear Park

Saguaro brothers Jake and Zach Wynn had a race to the finish, with Jake winning in 16:27.60 and Zach finishing just .37 behind to lead the Sabercats to the team title.

Saguaro finished with 22 points, well ahead of runner-up Phoenix Greenway’s 66. Tempe was the only other East Valley team to advance to the state meet, as the Buffaloes finished 6th with 165 points.

The Wynn’s were followed to the line by Coronado’s Luke May, who ran a 16:39.22 and advances to the state meet as an individual.

Saguaro also had the fifth and sixth-place runners in Brett Calderwood (17:00.29) and Juan Cortes (17:15.06). Saguaro’s Will Gilbreath was 8th (17:16.68) and Danny Kimball was 10th (17:21.16).

Division IV

Sectional I at Freestone Park

Arizona Lutheran’s D.J. Hoskinson was the individual winner and led the Coyotes to the team title. Arizona Lutheran had 60 points, followed by Horizon Honors with 76 and Veritas Prep at 77. Valley Christian (112), Canyon State (124) and Gilbert Classical Academy (186) all advanced to the state meet.

Horizon Honors was led by Brad Fullman, who placed third in 17:58. Canyon State’s Andrew Emery was fourth in 18:10 and Valley Christian’s top finisher was Alec Chavez, who was 6th in 18:27. Gilbert Classical’s top finisher was Ben Liang (21st at 19:33).


Division I

Sectional I at Grand Canal Linear Park

Desert Vista can lay claim to being Sectional champion, but Xavier is still the team to beat heading into the state meet. The Gators (38 pointes) were second behind the Thunder (34), as both teams placed four runners in the top 10. However, three of Xavier’s top runners, Sarah Fakler, Breanna Perrone and Daylee Burr, sat out the race, as the Gators’ overall depth was put on display.

Mountain Pointe (84) was third, followed by Cibola (106), Lake Havasu (182), Kofa (196), Cesar Chavez (219) and Trevor Browne (228).

Cibola’s Monica Houston was the individual champion, finishing in 19:01.20. Desert Vista’s top-10 finishers were Brittany Tretbar (2nd, 19:10.04), Yasmine Yacut (4th, 19:24.96), Megan Kupres (5th, 19:27.69) and Nicole Hicks (10th, 19:53.23).

Xavier was led by Katie Penney (3rd, 19:18.57) and three runners who finished 7th, 8th, and 9th, Julianne Vice (19:39.76), Christian Andreen (19:39.76) and Shelby Brown (19:51.82). Mountain Pointe’s Cera Hassinan was 6th in 19:36.57.

Sectional II at City of Phoenix Cross Country Park

Mountain View enjoyed a dominant day, placing five runners in the top 10 and running away with the sectional title. The Toros finished with 28 points, leaving Desert Mountain, Pinnacle and Chaparral to battle it out for second place. The Wolves earned the runner-up spot with 124 points, followed closely by Pinnacle (126) and Chaparral (127). Rounding out those teams that advance to the state meet were Anthem Boulder Creek (158), Glendale Mountain Ridge (167), Red Mountain (179) and Horizon (200).

Individual winner Brianna Decker led the Mountain View charge, finishing in 19:12.96, 27 seconds ahead of Desert Mountain’s Marissa Opatz.

Mountain View’s next four finishers were Billie Dytrt (3rd, 19:47.75), Erica Adams (6th, 20:20.79), Jessika Bodrero (8th, 20:34.44) and Tanel Baehr (10th, 20:49.56).

Other top-10 finishers were Pinnacle’s Sydney Mierau (4th, 20:03.53), Horizon’s Nicole Antol (5th, 20:10.39) and Chaparral’s Jasmine Zelechowski (7th, 20:28.52).

Sectional III at Freestone Park

Highland’s Tory Haberman took home the individual title and led the Hawks to the team championship.

Haberman won in 19:33, a margin of 22 seconds. The Hawks, thanks to four finishers in the top 15, easily beat runner-up Corona del Sol, 52 to 77. Mesquite was third with 99 points, and Buena (132), Hamilton (144), Salpointe (150), Gilbert (158) and Rincon (248) rounded out the teams moving on to state.

After Haberman, the Hawks has Maddie Riggs in 6th (20:30), Megan Wakefield in 13th (20:57) and Kristy Rush in 15th (21:04).

Corona del Sol was led by Dani Lamieux in 4th (20:13) and Hallie Swenson in 8th (20:41).

Mesquite’s Nicole Reveles was 9th and Hamilton’s Xury Deputy was 10th to lead their teams.

Basha freshman Courtney Goodrich was the lone individual qualifier from the East Valley. Goodrich used a strong closing effort to earn a third-place finish in 20:08.

Division II

Sectional I at City of Phoenix Cross Country Park

Notre Dame, led by individual champion Kristina Vanderhout, came away with the sectional title, scoring 67 points to hold off runner-up Cactus Shadows (79).

Vanderhout won in a time of 20:07.74. Teammate Katherine DiVall was 11th (21:48.40), Rachael Schaeffer was 14th (21:55.37) and sister Julie Vanderhout was 21st in 22:17.17.

Cactus Shadows was led by the fifth-place finish of Dani Zalewski (21:08.88). The Falcons’ Terri Baker was 13th (21:54.58) and Savannah Alexander was 16th (21:58.60).

Sectional II at Marana

Perry was the lone East Valley team to advance to the state meet, as the Pumas got the final spot from the regional by placing 8th with 198 points. Nogales was the sectional champion with 61 points.

Perry was led by Taylor DeLaVega, who was 8th in 20:31.9. Williams Field’s Catie Davies earned a spot in the state meet as an individual with her 12th-place finish (20:57.0).

Sectional III at Grand Canal Linear Park.

Marcos de Niza dominated the meet, sweeping the top three places and five of the top seven places to win easily with 19 points. Kylee Kieser, Paige Libsack and Jessey Tenioro went 1, 2, 3, with Kieser winning by 21 seconds (19:43.75). Arcadia’s Tess Berghoff (4th in 20:31.45) and Apache Junction’s Caitlin Kessler (5th in 21:14.50) broke up the Padres’ sweep, as Marcos had the next two finishers in Jasmine Trigueros and Kaitlyn Law. Jamie Chan placed 10th to give Marcos six finishers in the top 10.

Buckeye Verrado finished second in the team meet with 102, edging Arcadia, who had 104.

Division III

Sectional I at Grand Canal Linear Park

The score was much closer than their male counterparts, but the result was the same for Saguaro, who edged Phoenix Greenway for the team title.

Greenway had three runners finish before Saguaro’s first, but the Sabercats had six runners finish in the top 18 to give them a team score of 61, six better than Greenway. Tempe was third with 76 points and will advance to the state meet.

Peoria Liberty’s Ashley Kealamakia was the individual winner in 18:55.91. Tempe had two runners in the top 10, with Leticia Shaban in 5th (19:45.08) and Amy Bello in 7th (21:12.93).

Saguaro’s first finisher was Nicole Jakubczyk in 9th at 21:29.59. Megan Boyd was 10th in 21:34.19, Kelly Fleming 12th (21:39.86), Olivia Brancati 14th in 21:55.68 and Maddy Weaver 16th in 22:17.23, giving the Sabercats five runners within 49 seconds of each other.

Sectional III at Marana

Higley advanced to state thanks to its fourth-place team finish. The Knights had 108 points, finishing behind overall winner Tucson Sabino (43), Rio Rico (73) and Sahuarita (78).

Rio Rico’s Aeoleone was the individual winner, running a 19:09.8. Higley had two finishers in the top 10, as Brianna Bettendorf (22:16.3) and Anna Camacho (22:17.6) placed 7th and 8th, respectively. Higley also had Madison Harrison in the top 20, placing 16th at 22:42.7.

Division IV

Sectional I at Freestone Park

Valley Christian was the team champion with 69 points, followed by Veritas Prep (79), Gilbert Classical (94) and Tempe Prep (100) as just four teams advanced to the state meet.

Scottsdale Christian’s Lorne Snyder was the individual winner in 21:58 and will go on to state as an individual. The Eagles’ Anna Long will join her teammate at state thanks to her 5th place effort (23:17).

Tempe Prep’s Emily Hedberg was second in 22:42, followed by Valley Christian’s Ashton Wolf (22:48) and Horizon Honors’ Mikaela Martin (23:05), who will advance to state as an individual. Martin’s teammates Monika Kawski (8th in 23:31) and Shaila Homan (20th in 25:32) will also advance to state.

Gilbert Classical was led by Haley Van Allen, who was 9th in 23:36 and Lorena Aceves, who was 14th in 24:53.

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