Arizona has been so achingly close to winning an NCAA cross country championship that you can feel its pain.
The truth, the whole truth, half-truths, shades of the truth and other items admissible as madness, March division:
CAVE CREEK - On paper, Rio Rico had the best boys cross country team in the state this season.
Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard won eight state titles last year in swimming, soccer and track and field. This weekend he will try for one in cross country.
Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard earned eight state titles last school year.
The Rio Rico boys won the Division III, Section II team title with 17 points at Marana High School.
Canyon del Oro's Bridgette Doucet crosses the line in 18:37.6 on Saturday at the sectional meet at Marana High School. Doucet called the win over 3.1 miles "unreal."
Canyon del Oro sophomore Bridgette Doucet won the individual title at the Division II, Section II meet on Saturday in 18 minutes, 37.6 seconds.
Salpointe Catholic senior Andy Trouard paced down the final stretch of the 3.1-mile Marana High course with a huge lead and had no reason to hurry.
A veteran of the rough course and a rookie runner had something in common at the 11th annual Valerie McGregor Rattler Co-ed Invitational.
With four of the top 13 runners in the state in Division III, the Rio Rico boys cross country team has a good chance to improve on its runner-up finish at state last season.
Oscar Amaya, Robert Contreras, Lee Jones and Ben Noriega, left to right, give the Hawks a fantastic four at the front.
RIO RICO - Rio Rico cross country coach Stephen Schadler thinks he has the top four runners in the state.
Catalina Foothills' Jason Alentado won the state 200 individual medley last year and will be one of the top swimmers entered in the 2012 High School Classic on Saturday.
October is here and that means the fall state tournaments are right around the corner.
When Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks fell out of bounds in Saturday's WNBA playoff game in San Antonio, she sat for a spell - or whatever that woman behind her is doing.
Arizona's Elvin Kibet and Lawi Lalang won individual titles and the Wildcat women were first Saturday in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic.
Jamie Shrader emerged as one of the top cross country runners in the nation last season, but a hip injury put an early end to it.