Mingus Cross Country: Girls beat 4A teams; Boys place third at national meet


The Mingus Union boys varsity cross country team at the Nike Pre-National meet in Oregon. The Mingus team didn’t disappoint with a 3rd place finish. Tim Freriks placed 1st overall.
Courtesy Photos The Mingus Union boys varsity cross country team at the Nike Pre-National meet in Oregon. The Mingus team didn’t disappoint with a 3rd place finish. Tim Freriks placed 1st overall.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

At Washington High School in Phoenix and with the sun blazing down for 102-degree temperature, the Mingus Union girls cross country team hit the course.

The girls team is what we call a fringe team in the state, said coach Jim Bostwick. Waiting to make a breakthrough. We have gone the last two meets and been by the top five ranked teams in different divisions.

This was a good meet for the Marauders to participate in as it was a small four-team meet. The Marauders ran another great team race, no individual winners but Mingus emerged triumphant, winning the meet with 28 points. Notre Dame placed second with 46, Washington in third with 51 and Cortez with 90 (all 4A teams).



Individually, Carly Blair placed second overall in 21:53 over the 3.1 mile course. Then the pack of Erin Freriks (5th 22:49), Torey Braly (6th 22:56), Staci Hewitson (7th 23:12), Chelsea Ishimoto (8th 23:28)

Emma Schraner (9th 23:29) and Des Braly in (13th 24:32) came flying, one right after another in the 37-runner field.

The JV Mingus boys ran in the varsity field as the varsity runners got a day off to rest for their trip to the Nike Meet.

They more than held their own, said coach Bostwick.

Washington finished in first place with 22 points, but the Marauder team of JV runners finished an impressive second place with 61 points. Mingus beat out Notre Dame (84) and Cortez (95).

With the Marauders running with predominantly first-year runners, they showed that they might develop into a strong team when they take over at the varsity level the next few years.

Freshman Chris Ortiz was 9th in the 42-runner field in 18:36. Sophomore Logan Addis was 11 in 19:09, sophomore Tanner Johnson was 12th in 19:11, freshman Paliden Scott was 14th in 19:27 and junior Luke Goettl, in his first year out was 15th in 19:36. There was only a one-minute spread between the team's scoring runners.

Freshman Colin Garttmeier finished 17th in 19:44, followed by junior Jake Addis in 23rd with a time of 20:29. Sophomore Kyle Alexander was 27th in 21:01 and sophomore Travis Roske was 29th in 21:54.

Both groups felt very good about effort and that will hopefully carry over into Mingus invite in Clarkdale on Saturday.

Over the weekend, the Mingus Varsity boys cross country team participated in the Nike Pre-National Meet in Portland, Ore.

The meet was exactly a pre-national meet, as the high school national championships are held there in Dec.

The meet was an invitational for teams that were ranked in the top 10 regions throughout the US, currently the Marauders are No. 1 in the state of Az and No. 8 in the southwest.

As with most rankings it takes a while to get noticed and the ranking was based a lot on the results from last year - when the Marauders still had last year's seniors Ky Mickelson, Bruce Logan and Sam Hayes.

The boys felt an obligation to uphold the pride that they built into this program and I felt they continued this tradition well, said coach Jim Bostwick.

Mingus finished 3rd in the 17-team field at the Portland Meadows Horse Track. Jesuit High School (Calif.) finished in first place with 61 points, followed by Lindbergh (WA) with 124 points. The Marauders scored 135 to round out the top three.

The big news surprise of the day was Tim Freriks, who made a name for himself on the national stage by winning the race in 15:19. This was the first time he broke the 5-minute per mile barrier on the 3.1-mile course.

Freriks ran with the lead pack of five or six runners until two miles. He then opened a gap of about 50 yards to hold off the hard charging pack. Freriks is arguably the slowest kid on the team and he loves to take the kick out of his competitors. This time it worked.

The Marauders then held their own as every athlete ran a personal best for the day in the 117-runner field.

Wilson Cutbirth was 12th in 16:03 hanging on the chase pack the entire race, Daniel Jaimes ran the race of his life in 20th in 16:15, Alex Stratz was 41st in 16:40.

I can't even begin to explain how proud we are of Alex and Daniel who have worked their way up from being average runners to were they are now, said coach Bostwick.

Then the underclassmen and future of our team came thru in the big race. Sophomore Hunter Rauch was the last scoring member of the team in 61st place in 17:02 and freshman Juan Wells got some valuable experience running in 83rd place in 17:28. The over 3,000 miles these six boys put in this summer was definitely some sweat equity well spent.

Hopefully we will be racing here again in December, said coach Bostwick. Thanks to all who supported our trip including the Marauder Club and Mingus Connection, who without their support this trip could not have happened.

The Mingus cross country teams will compete on Saturday in the Mingus Invitational at Clarkdale Elementary School. The first race begins at 9 a.m.