One Longhorn Runner Finishes In Top 10

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Ian Harvey's local debut as the Payson High School cross-country coach probably wasn't the stellar performance he was looking for.

In a six-way meet held at Sept. 5 Rumsey Park, both the boys and girls team finished last in the final standings.

In the boys' competition, the Horns trailed with 128 points. Mingus ran its way to the tile with 28 points, outdistancing runner-up Sinagua (49) bronze medalist Coconino (79) and fourth-place Snowflake (95).

The Lady Horns posted 84 points to trail Coconino (22), Mingus (43) and Sinagua (56).

The only PHS individual to earn a top-10 medal, which were awarded at the finish line, was Lana Cluff.

The senior letter winner finished ninth overall, covering the about 5K course in 26:17.

Rochelle Kanuho of Coconino took home the gold in 21:38.

Teammate Hanna Moen was second in 23:08.

Payson's Lucy Schouten just missed earning a medal, finishing 12th in 26:51.

Also for the Lady Horns in the 23 runner field, Nicole Scott was 20th (36:16), Alex McMichael 21st (38:13), Rachel Ward 22nd (41:12) and Keisha Waterman 23rd (42:51).

In the boy's competition, Payson's David Knauer -- the lone returning letter winner from last year -- was 21st in the 29-runner field. Knauer was clocked in 26:29.

Brian Schrader of Sinagua easily won in 18:35. Snowflake's Cody Wells was second in 19:04.

In winning the meet, Mingus runners showed great pack running, taking seven of the top 10 places.

Payson's other runners included Forest Wadington (25th; 28:21), Jimmy Behrens (26th; 28:35), Matt Phillips (27th; 29:52).

The meet offered runners more than their fair share of twists and turns, as several of the entrants, mostly those in the junior varsity competition, got lost on the Rumsey Park course.

Previously, the season opening meet was held at the Payson Golf Course, which is a more wide-open area than Rumsey.

Next up for the PHS runner is the prestigious Four Corners meet to be held Sept. 15 in Flagstaff. The meet annually attracts some of the finest teams in the state, including the always-potent Northern Arizona reservation squads.

The Payson team will not be in action locally until Sept. 28, when the Sludge to the Judge homecoming run is held on Main Street.

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