State Bound!

The Bobcats girls qualified as a team and a trio of boys will compete individually Saturday on the Div. IV State Cross Country Meet at Cave Creek Golf Course. Pictured, back, from left, Joseph Akers, Justice Dallaportas, Sean Laura. Front, Briley Barney, Dalia Moroyoqui, Delma Santiago, Amity Hall, Siarra Wilson.

BENSON — The Div. IV State Cross Country Meet is next up for the Bobcats’ girls team and three boys who qualified individually.

The girls placed third overall in team scoring Wednesday [Nov. 6] in the Sectional Meet in Rio Rico. The Bobcats scored in at 96 behind section champion Thatcher at 48 and runner-up Baboquivari with 83.

Amity Hall, a sophomore, was the Bobcats’ first runner to cross the finish line, 10th overall. She covered the 5k-course in 23 minutes, 15.5 seconds. Kayla O’Connell of Morenci with 21:19.1 placed first overall. For the Bobcats, senior Dalia Moroyoqui placed 16th overall with Siarra Wilson 19th, Delma Santiago 30th, Brooke Schmidt 35th, and Briley Barney 67th, to round out the Bobcats.

On the boys’ side Sean Laura 13th, Justice Dallaportas 23rd, and Joseph Akers 25th will compete individually as the Bobcats missed qualifying as a team by one slot. Thatcher took the section championship with 40 points with Morenci second [81] and Bisbee third [115].

Brian Cassa of San Carlos posted the winning 17:34.7 time with Thatcher placing three runners in the top 10.

Coach Randy Barney attributes the Bobcats’ success to hard work.

“This season we started early running through the summer and 10 of the runners attended a camp with me in Camp Verde in July,” said Barney. “This gave us a great start and the team became very competitive as we were able to overtake several schools that were ahead of us during the season. We had several first year runners and they followed the lead of our captains to become solid runners. I enjoyed coaching this team they are very well behaved and represented our school and community very well. We will miss our two seniors, Dalia Moroyoqui and Kolby Barney, both four-year varsity runners, but we do have several new prospects and look to be even stronger next season.”

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