Puskas surged to the lead entering the final mile and held off the rest of the field to finish the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 25.7 seconds, for her biggest cross country win of a still-young prep career.
Arbor View’s Keith Williams led at the front of a pack of five runners early. Eventually, he managed to hold off PahrumpValley’s Bryce Odegard and Centennial’s Alexander Miller in the final quarter mile, putting in a good finishing kick to cross the line in 16 minutes and 13 seconds.
On Saturday, Green Valley’s Milton Amezcua had the biggest moment of his high school career, winning the junior-senior boys race at the Labor Day Classic at Palo Verde with a time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds for 3.1 miles.
Centennial’s boys cross country team had three of the top six runners on Monday to win the Bud O’Dea Classic freshman race at Desert Breeze.
Centennial’s Alexis Gourrier, who finished the 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes, 34.7 seconds, has finished first at the Las Vegas Invitational in each of her three years of high school.
Pahrump Valley’s Bryce Odegard recorded the day’s fastest time en route to winning the boys sophomore race of the Bud O’Dea Frosh-Soph Finals at Palo Verde on Tuesday.
Arbor View’s girls cross country team didn’t have a runner at the front of the pack in Tuesday’s Southern Nevada Freshman Meet at Desert Breeze Park.
Palo Verde junior Noah Landers and Centennial senior Dajour Braxton have a budding cross country rivalry.