A contingent of eight dedicated sixth-grade girls stamped themselves a cross-country force to be reckoned with by winning the "large school" championship at the Tri-Valley regional meet.
In claiming the title Oct. 3 at Sedona, the Rim Country Middle School runners bested 12 teams from around Central Arizona.
"We finished our season in style," coach Jackie Wallace said. "The girls also took home the overall trophy, but it did not come without a lot of hard work."
In the seventh- and eighthgrade girls division at the championships, the RCMS team, led by Marcy Ward, Adriana Barnes, Liz Harpe, Madison Flake and Katie Schouten, led the Mavericks to a second-place finish.
Tanner Hodges finished ninth overall in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys division.
Participating in the Tri-Valley League, rather than the White Mountain League, as other RCMS teams do, allows the cross-country team more opportunity for good competition.
"In the WML league, only Blue Ridge and us have crosscountry teams," RCMS athletic director Yvette Harpe said. "So we go to Tri-Valley because they have teams from Prescott, Verde Valley, Pine-Strawberry and Sedona."
With the cross-country season at an end, the Lady Mavericks will turn their attention to volleyball. In that sport, the team plays in the WML.
In 2008, RCMS will field WML teams in basketball and track and field.