It was September, but it felt like August heat to the more than 800 runners completing the three-mile course through Tumbleweed Park at this year’s edition of the Chandler Invitational. The freshman runners got a break, as they led off at 8:30, but by the time the seniors took off it was already 10:00 and the temperatures had climbed to the mid 90’s.

Desert Vista ran away with this year’s bragging rights, as both boys and girls teams finished first, the boys with 19 points and the girls with 12 points. In the boys division, Ironwood Ridge (Tucson) finished second (24 pts.) and Shadow Mountain was third (30 pts.) In the girls competition, it was Highland second (31 pts.) and Kofa (Yuma) third (39 pts.).