Cross-Country cuts times

October 11, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Cougars cross country team saw more success at the Lake Mead Invitational Oct. 6.

“Times are looking great but the team’s work ethic is even better,” said coach Mitch Mulcahy. “Gonzalo (Sanchez) has been dialed in since last year at state but recently Stephanie (Zamora), Maritza (Cruz) and Jason (Zenefski) have been stepping it up and giving it their all daily.”

Everyone on the team has been putting in the effort and working hard but there has been a noticeable difference for those three runners, he said.

Medal winners from the weekend meet included middle school runner Alee Faccioli. She placed seventh out of 100 runners.

Zamora placed ninth with a time of 22:03.3. Cruz placed 19th with a time of 23:51.2. Shelby Olson, of Moapa Valley, won the race with a time of 20:14.9.

“Speedy” Sanchez, as Mulcahy calls him, finished 12th for the boys with a time of 18:13.0. Christian Franklin, of Valley, won with a time of 16:18.7.

“The toughest part of the season is over,” said Mulcahy. “We are running in sub-100 degree weather and we have meets at least once a week.”

The runners keep getting better and are beating their times from last year and earning personal records, he said.

This is also reflected in how well the runners did at their home meet Oct. 2, for the Laughlin Mid-Week.

Zamora led the girls with a second place finish with a time of 22:41. Alanna Gilbert, of Mojave, won with a time of 21:57.

Cruz finished fifth with a time of 25:01. Julia Thomas was right behind Cruz in sixth place with a time of 25:15.

Sanchez led the boys with a second place finish with a time of 18:17. Joseph McMillan, of Mojave, won with a time of 18:12.

Zenefski finished in 14th with a time of 21:06.

The River Valley Mid-Week is Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“It’ll be nice to compete against runners who we ran against at the beginning of the year to compare growth,” said Mulcahy. “We don’t always run the same course so times vary. If you’ve been competing against a certain runner all year and toward the end you start to earn better times it shows how much harder you’ve worked.”

The team is getting ready for regionals Friday, Oct. 26. They all go to regionals, said Mulcahy.

“Regionals tells us if we go to state,” he said. “Most of our runners have a good chance of competing at state.”

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