Desert Vista girls shine in Chandler Xcountry Invite

the Phoenix Desert Vista HS (Phoenix) girls’ teams made a strong
showing in representing the strength of Valley cross-country programs,
it was a couple of ‘out-of-towners’ that crashed the party at this
year’s Chandler Invite at Tumbleweed Park.
    The Desert Vista
girls’ teams totaled 30 points in the 5-kilometer race to finish four
points ahead of second-place Highland HS (Gilbert).  The event included
four races for both boys and girls, with the team winner determined by
the total of the top finishers in each – so Desert Vista was rewarded
for outstanding effort in all four races..
    But it was Casa Grande High School’s Kylee Kiser
that turned in the top individual performance in the girls’
competition, winning the junior race in 19:35.  And on the boys’ side,
it was Tucson’s Steve Magnuson, running for Ironwood Ridge, that clocked an event-best of 16:31.
In the boys’ team competition, it was Camelback HS (Phoenix) in first,
followed closely by Highland HS, giving Highland a second-place finish
on both sides.
    Individual winners on the boys side: Steve Magnuson, Ironwood Ridge HS, in the senior race (16:31); Sadam Zuza, Camelback HS, in the junior race (16:53); R.J. Massey, Mountain View HS, in the sophomore race (17:40); Ryan Dykstra, Desert Vista HS, in the freshman race (17:21).  On the girls’ side: Danica Ganje, Corona del Sol HS, in the senior race (20:07); Kylee Kiser in the junior race; Brianna Decker, Mountain View HS, in the sophomore race (19:45); and Ashley Hatch, Highland HS, in the freshman race (20:50).
    More individual results:
    (Boys) Senior race: Magnuson; Tyler Bingham (Mesa Mtn. View HS) 16:56; Barret Baker-Slama (Corona del Sol HS) 17:01; Austin Miles (Cactus Shadows HS) 17:09.  Junior race: Zuza; Blake Cowan (Mesa Mtn. View HS) 17:22; Jared Hirschl (Corona del Sol HS) 17:29; Monson Cowley (Mesa Mtn. View HS) 17:39.  Sophomore race: Massey; Patrick Hardwick (Perry HS) 17:42; David Olson (Ironwood Ridge HS) 17:46; Omar Guillen (Camelback HS) 18:00; Freshman race: Dykstra; Alex Fabiano (Highland HS) 17:22; Andrew Garcia (Ironwood Ridge HS) 17:57; Nathan Reich (Basha HS) 17:58.
    (Girls) Senior race: Ganje; Megan Dudzinski (Desert Vista HS) 20:34; Taylor Cole (Hamilton HS) 21:15; Amber Urban (Hamilton HS) 21:18.  Junior race:  Kieser; Megan Kupres (Desert Vista HS) 19:48; Kerri Lenihan (Marana Mtn. View) 20:19; Sabrina Polanco (Dobson HS) 21:03;  Sophomore race:  Decker; Sarah Schmidt (Mesa Mtn. View) 20:08; Taylor DeLaveaga (Perry HS) 20:29; Tori Haberman (Highland HS) 20:34.  Freshman race:  Hatch; Brittany Tretbar (Desert Vista HS) 20:50; Jenna Maack (Desert Vista HS) 20:54; Krist Rush (Highland HS) 20:58.