The Centennial boys claimed their second straight Class 4A state championship, while the Coronado girls earned their second crown in school history.
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.
Franklin had the fastest time among boys over two races, racing through the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 0.4 seconds. Felix had the fastest girls time, at 18:31.8.
Nathan Carlin pulled away from the field Tuesday and helped Foothill’s boys cross country team capture the freshmen race of the Bud O’Dea Classic at Desert Breeze Park.
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.
Coronado’s Tom Dougherty and Eddie Smisson took the top two spots in the sophomore boys race to lead the Cougars to the team title at the Bud O’Dea Classic on Tuesday at Desert Breeze.
Coronado’s boys cross country team took four of the top five spots Tuesday to win a five-team meet at Sonata Park.
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.
Here is a recap of every team that won a state title during the 2016 fall sports season and will be looking to defend this upcoming season.