With all 10 varsity runners finishing no worse than 33rd place, Mountain View's boys and girls teams each took first place at the Ojo Rojo Invitational Saturday at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.
With high expectations, the Toros still weren't overly impressed.
“By no means did we have an 'A' race,” said Mountain View coach Chris Alexander. “It was more like a 'B' or B-minus.”
In preparing of the Ojo Rojo and other meets, Alexander has a simple philosophy for his runners.
“We tell them to 'Run in the red,'” Alexander said, referring to the Toros team color.
In the boys race, McClintock's Eduardo Roa finished the 5-kilometer race at 16 minutes, one second, to take first place.
Roa, however did not have time to savor his victory. Immediately following the race, Roa left for a class at Mesa Community College. His brother Carlos took his place at the awards ceremony.
On the team side, Mountain View edged out Corona del Sol, 83 to 92, but the Toros won with a wider margin last week in a dual meet.
“I guess we're sneaking up on them,” Corona coach Pat Smith said.
Mountain View's top finisher was Blake Cowan who came in fourth with a time of 16:08. Corona's top finisher was Jared Hirschl who placed sixth with a time of 16:24. The rest of the Mountain View team finished in 8th, 16th, 22nd and 33rd place for a team average time of 16:45. Corona was not much farther back with a team average time of 16:52.
Skyline placed third with 143 points. Red Mountain was fourth with 204 points.
All five Mountain View runners finished in the top 20, far outdistancing second-place Corona. The Toros average time was 20:07 compared to 21:07 for the Aztecs.
Mountain View's top placer was Brianna Deceker who came in second with a time of 19:18. Tucson Ironwood Ridge's Lauren Cooper was the top girls runner with a time of 19:09.
“I was all right with it (finishing second),” Decker said. “But I wanted to finish first.”
Three Mountain View runners placed in the top 10 – Greyson Falkner came in fifth place and Billie Dyrt took ninth. Sabrina Polanco (11th) and Kelsey Monatano (20th) rounded out the Toros' team score.
Although the calendar says fall, the summer like temperatures approaching 100 degrees affected all runners. Even by mid-morning, Alexander called the unusual climate "brutal."
“We train in the heat, so we were okay,” Decker said. “I just tried to keep my mind off it.”