|The Mingus girls cross country team poses for a picture after winning the Yavapai County Championship Wednesday in Prescott. LEFT TO RIGHT: Skyler Storie, Nicole Zienka, Brenna McCallum, Anissa Urueta, Justine Taylor, Sienna Gehl. VVN/Sean Morris|
|Jordan Bramblett runs through the final turn before the home stretch at the Yavapai County Championships in Prescott Wednesday. VVN/Sean Morris|
|High Schools from Yavapai County compete in the 2012 County Championships Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. The Mingus girls took first place.|
Girls team scores
1. Mingus 29
2. Prescott 42
3. Bradshaw Mtn. 82
4. Chino Valley 95
5. Wickenburg 125
6. Camp Verde 128
Boys team scores
1. Prescott 41
2. Bradshaw Mtn. 54
3. Sedona 70
4. Mingus 73
5. Chino Valley 124
6. Wickenburg 169
Boys top 25
1 Armenio, Vincent, Prescott, 17:06.56
2 Paige, Simon, Prescott, 17:13.54
3 Bramblett, Jordan, Mingus Union, 17:16.45
4 Banks, Gustavo, Mingus Union, 17:18.00
5 Kretzmann, Hosava, Prescott, 17:26.62
6 Martinez, Saul, Bradshaw Mountain, 18:18.49
7 Sharp, Cody, Bradshaw Mountain, 18:22.93
8 Diaz, Rene, Sedona Red Rock, 18:25.72
9 Ballard, Zach, Chino Valley, 18:33.90
10 Okie, Travis, Sedona Red Rock, 18:34.47
11 Chaney, Tycein, Bradshaw Mountain, 18:35.14
12 Clifford, Satchel, Bradshaw Mountain, 18:37.83
13 Schindele, Kris, Sedona Red Rock, 18:38.68
14 Alvarez, Kevin, Sedona Red Rock, 18:41.95
15 Sandoval, Joseph, Mingus Union, 19:02.50
16 Beazer, Chase, Prescott, 19:07.20
17 Arminio, Luke, Prescott, 19:07.58
18 Ayala, Randy, Bradshaw Mountain, 19:08.52
19 Contreas, Francisco, Wickenburg, 19:21.50
20 Schirn, Gabriel, Prescott, 19:25.57
21 Shaffer, Elijah, Bradshaw Mountain, 19:46.54
22 Nez, Channing, Chino Valley, 20:09.10
23 Tenney, Jonah, Prescott, 20:11.32
24 DeVore, Keenan, Mingus Union, 20:19.85
25 Aviles, Jose, Sedona Red Rock, 20:32.19
Girls top 25
1 Storie, Skyler, Mingus Union, 19:48.15
2 Seresun, Mykala, Sedona Red Rock, 19:53.72
3 Taylor, Justine, Mingus Union, 21:12.35
4 Fraher, Claren, Prescott, 21:25.13
5 Twombly-Ellis, Jordan, Prescott, 21:32.04
6 McCallum, Brenna, Mingus Union, 21:39.15
7 Gage, Taylor, Sedona Red Rock, 21:49.64
8 Burks, Jordyn, Prescott, 22:10.13
9 Madler, Hannah, Bradshaw Mountain, 22:19.62
10 Wilson, Eva, Sedona Red Rock, 22:22.68
11 Urueta, Anissa, Mingus Union, 22:28.58
12 Woodruff, Desiree, Bradshaw Mountain, 22:45.73
13 Penton, Cheyanne, Chino Valley, 22:58.78
14 Randal, Kelsey, Chino Valley, 23:15.92
15 Erickson, Amanda, Wickenburg, 23:32.55
16 Gehl, Sienna, Mingus Union, 23:41.37
17 Coyne, Maddie, Prescott, 23:51.79
18 Tilyou, Maddy, Prescott, 24:00.55
19 Dias, Athena, Bradshaw Mountain, 24:19.87
20 Chatter, Rayana, Camp Verde, 24:33.78
21 Reyes, Kim, Prescott, 24:34.60
22 Jaquez, Julia, Prescott, 24:59.81
23 Prevost, Melodie, Wickenburg, 25:22.90
24 Nez, McKeisha, Chino Valley, 25:32.33
25 Maneely, Mikaela, Prescott, 25:35.01
Complete Results HERE
PRESCOTT - Before the season started, Mingus head cross country coach Jim Bostwick said his team wasn't ready to talk about expectations -- he was just looking for enough girls to field a team. A few months later the Mingus girls cross country team captured a Yavapai County Championship.
"The key is going to practice everyday and putting in the work," said senior captain Skyler Storie. "We found another girl, Brenna, and we really needed her, she's an amazing runner and we're really glad to have her. The workouts have just been going great and the girls have been putting in the time. It's a great feeling to see how it paid off -- they deserve it."
Storie won the county meet as a junior last year, but some top runners didn't make the race. This year she defended her title against the top runners in Yavapai County.
"It's more rewarding for me this year because I know all the top runners were here, and that was my goal, to try and win this race again, knowing I had tougher competition this time," said Storie.
Last season Storie was a good runner. This season she's gained a mental edge, leading her team from the front, maximizing her talent and bringing out the best in her teammates. Storie said the girl that impressed her the most this year is Justine Taylor.
Taylor finished third for Mingus Wednesday at the county meet and shaved three minutes off her time from last year. She sprinted in track the last two seasons and will likely continue to sprint.
"It's unusual, lets just say that," said Mingus head coach Jim Bostwick. "It's unusual for a sprinter to run cross country, and she wants to become a better 400 runner. She's willing to put in the work and it never hurts a 400 runner to have a cross country base. She wants to break the school record."
She'll need to shave five seconds off her 400 time last year to break the school record, but she's got two more track seasons to do it.
Finishing third for Mingus and sixth overall: Brenna McCallum, a recent addition to the team.
"Everything she does is a surprise -- it's a pleasant surprise and we'll take it," said Bostwick. "The way she's stepped in and performed reminds me of Stephanie Gilboy last year in track. Brenna is a soccer player and she's in a body conditioning class, so she already runs a lot and she's a great addition to the team. She's got a future in this sport; I can't believe she hasn't done it before."
Fourth for Mingus and 11th overall: Anissa Urueta, a sophomore with a high ceiling and years of running experience. Junior Sienna Gehl placed 16th to score fifth for Mingus and Nicole Zienka placed 41st.
"This was the first race we've won without Monica Soliz, and that's big. Our girls needed to step it up, and they gave a good effort to get the win," said Bostwick.
Mingus girls cross country coach Lisa Rauch is impressed with the team's effort, but not surprised.
"They've just been working hard and they have really high goals and they just keep pushing each other and themselves to meet those goals," said Rauch. "I've always had high hopes for these girls and this season has been really exciting so far."
In the boys race, Marauder sophomore Jordan Bramblett and junior Gustavo Banks placed third and fourth respectively. Banks held a slight lead heading down the final stretch, but Bramblett caught up and past him right before the finish.
"I've been trying to keep up with Jordan all season. He beat me three times and I beat him three times, so we go back and forth," said Banks. "I could hear him coming down the hill before the finish line today. I was sprinting as hard as I could, but he wanted it more than me today."
Bramblett said he plans to run year-round for the rest of his time in high school.
"We're running a lot of miles and coach Bostwick is helping us get there," said Bramblett. "It also helps a lot to have [Gustavo Banks] to run with. We push each other."
Behind the two top dogs is a field of Marauders laying a foundation to compete for a championship next year: Joseph Sandoval, Keenan DeVore, Joseph Cook, Brenden Alexander, Trent Anderson, and CJ Dobrinski. Banks notices the improvement and he's excited for the future of Mingus cross country. His senior season could be the year the Mingus boys take back the title.
A strong finish this year could do a lot for their confidence. The Division III Section I race is in Holbrook Oct. 26 and will decide who qualifies for state.