Nicholas held off hard-charging Massimiliano Swenson of Bishop Gorman to become Desert Oasis’ first region cross country champion. The Diamondbacks also won the boys region team title, another first in school history.
Claire Rawlins trailed Basic’s Raquel Chavez for much of the race, but stayed within striking distance to the end. She then raced past Chavez and held off Sierra Vista’s Sarriah Brown to win the 3.1-mile race in 19 minutes, 16 seconds.
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.
Green Valley’s Austin Rogers has been aiming all season long to run a 3.1-mile course in less than 16 minutes. The senior finally got his wish Saturday morning in a tune-up for the postseason.
It didn’t take long to determine which team would win the Lake Mead Invitational’s girls large-school cross country race Saturday.
The Centennial girls cross country team is a dominant force.
Dajour Braxton was awarded the No. 1 racing bib by meet director John Dixon before Thursday’s Division I Sunset Region meet at Sunset Park.
Foothill sophomore Karina Haymore struggled at the start of the Southeast League girls championship race on her home course Saturday.
Palo Verde junior Noah Landers and Centennial senior Dajour Braxton have a budding cross country rivalry.