Two New Members Join Girls Cross Country Team

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The Lady Longhorn cross country team has earned a team score for the first time this season.

The tally of 54 points and a third place team showing was garnered Sept. 23 at the running of the Sludge to the Judge homecoming race on Main Street.

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A Lady Longhorn runner battles a Marana Mountain View athlete at the finish line of the Sludge to the Judge homecoming run.

In all previous 2006 meets, the Lady Horns were not eligible for a score because the team didn't have the necessary minimum of five runners.

But for the Sludge to the Judge, two new runners -- Esther Linkey and Rachel Ward -- joined the three girls already on the team to render the Lady Horns eligible for a team score.

The Lady Horn individual charge in the run was led by Alchesay transfer Rhea Cosay who was third overall in 15:48.

The run champion, Brooke Schmelter of Marana Mountain View was timed in 15:17. Schmelter won the Sludge to the Judge two years ago, but didn't return in 2005 to defend her title because Mountain View was not entered.

"There was some kind of silly 5A (class) rule that said we couldn't enter (a meet with 3A schools)," Mountain View coach Dennis Hansen said.

In the Sludge run, Leah Davis, also of Marana, was second in 15:34.

Payson's Lana Cluff was fourth in 16:46.

Luck Schouten took 11th (17:53), Linkey was 17th; (18:56) and Ward ran to 21st (22:59) in the 32-runner field. Mountain View claimed both the girl's championship and the combined boys and girls scores.

In the girls scoring, the Marana team tallied 27 points. Holbrook was second with 47.

In combined scoring, Mountain View's 56 earned the school the team title. Holbrook (96) was second and Payson (106) third.

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