A lack of athletes didn’t hamper the Rim Country Middle School girls sixth-grade cross country team in its efforts at the Verde Valley League Championship meet.
“Our girls came home champions,” said RCMS coach Jackie Wallace following the team’s return Oct. 7 from the meet held at Oak Creek School in Cornville. “Unfortunately we were missing several athletes because of fall break, so I feel we could have brought home at least one more trophy, but that is just how it worked out.”
Medal winners for the winning sixth-grade girls included Journey Alexander, Karol Mares and Katelyn Stonebrink.
Over the 1.5-mile course, Alexander was fifth, Mares seventh and Stonebrink 10th.
Also competing for RCMS were Emily Cardis and Makenna Crank.
In the seventh- and eighth-grade boys competition, Brigham Flake was eighth and Tanner Dendy ninth.
Wallace believes a mix up in which Verde Valley region athletic directors changed the date of the league finals with just three weeks remaining in the season hurt RCMS seventh- and eighth-grade teams’ chances of doing better.
“Our kids going away for (fall) break already had their plans and couldn’t make the meet,” she said. “We did extremely well with the small group of kids we had.”
Most all RCMS teams compete in the White Mountain League, but because the WML doesn’t offer cross country, the Mavericks compete in the Verde Valley Association.
Although the Verde Valley season is at an end, some of the RCMS athletes are scheduled to enter the state junior high-middle school state championships to be held Oct. 30 at Estrella Mountain Park in the Valley.