Lady Longhorn Runners Shine At Toka Sticks

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Competing on the biggest and most prestigious stage in Arizona high school cross country competition didn’t phase the four-member Lady Longhorns who ran to an 11th place finish in a 25-team field that included some of the finest teams in the state.

The meet, officially known as the Desert Twilight XC Festival, was held Sept. 30 under the lights at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert.

There the Lady Horns finished with 268 points in the small school division. Over the 5K course the runners turned in a total team time of 1:57.10.

McKyla McCrary led the Lady Horn charge finishing 20th in the field of 135 runners. She was timed in 21:54.6.

On Sept. 3, McCrary ran a PR of 22:18.00 in the three-mile race at Padre Invitational, placing 18th, and on Sept. 10, she ran a 23:02.00 in the 5,000 meters at Chandler Invitational, placing 18th.

Also at Toka Sticks for Payson, Erin Huffman was clocked in 22:06.8 and finished 26th in the crowded field.

With a time of 22:35.9, Ashley Spears was 37th. Logan Conway took 67th at 24:06.6 and Katie Schouten was 130th in the open division at 26:26.63.

In the men’s open division, Niyal Curi was 100th in 21:18.0 and Kenneth Nyphus was just steps behind his team in 101st place in 21:18.8.

Next up for the cross country runners is the Thunderbird Invitational to be contested Oct. 15 at Mountain View Park in Phoenix.

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