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.
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.
Green Valley senior Omar Rubio won the Sunrise regional cross country meet as the Gators coasted to the team championship.
Omar Rubio led the way, as he once again edged Arbor View’s Ian Jackson at the end to win the 3.1-mile race. Rubio sprinted away in the final 300 meters to win in 16 minutes, 24.4 seconds. Jackson finished second in 16:26.9.
Centennial junior Karina Haymore won just two cross country meets all season.
Fortunately for Haymore, the second win came in the biggest race of the year.
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.
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.