Cross country: Rio Rico dominates Div. III sectional

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z Cross country: Rio Rico dominates Div. III sectionalDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Rio Rico swept the team titles of Saturday's Division III sectional meet with equally impressive performances.

First, the Hawks' Marley Henson recovered from an early mistake on Marana's 3.1-mile course to win the individual title in 20 minutes 40.6 seconds.

"Right after the first desert loop I turned a right instead of a left," Henson said. "It's a really confusing spot on the course and I should have known. I've run it before but I just kind of zoned out."

Henson's teammates, Jackie Giron and Jocelyne Muñoz, finish third and fifth within 54 seconds of Henson. The Hawks scored 40 points.

"The whole season we say we're going to be state champions so the sectional title comes with it," Henson said.

The Rio Rico boys team, with 23 points, had four finishers in the top five after Sabino senior Tyler Stamp won in 16:31.7.

Junior Robert Contreras placed second in 16:45.2 while Rio Rico's seven runners all finished in the top 20. Lee Jones, Ben Noriega and Josue Rosas finished third, fourth and fifth, all within 10 seconds.

Sabino placed second (75) as a team on the boys side with its top five finishing within the top 30 overall.

"Last year I ran this and got 19th so it's pretty awesome to win it," Stamp said. "Everyone ran their hearts out and looked really good."

Sahuarita's Melissa Williams finished second in the girls race in 20:58.8 while Sidney Giddings placed fourth 21:33.9 to lead the Mustangs to second place with 77 points.

"I'm really happy because last year we didn't even get anywhere close to second," Williams said. "This is really big for us so we're really excited."

The Sabino girls were sixth to clinch a spot in next week's state meet. On the boys side, Sahuarita and Empire finished fourth and fifth to get in.

Amphi's Jose Rios was 12th in the boys race and Mariah Zavala placed 14th in the girls race to qualify individually. Catalina's Egide Nduwimana was 17th on the boys side to make the cut.

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