Today the Falcon Cross Country team ran in the Fountain Hills Invitational at Fountain Hills Park. Nearly everyone on the team improved their times from last week. For the boys Israel Hurtado improved his time by over two minutes. Freshman Kevin Medina had a great run with a time of 23:16. For the girls Alena Cass improved by over six minutes and Faith Guy improved by almost four. “We have another meet on Wednesday that we hope to continue seeing better times,” said Coach Harrison.
Today the Girls Cross Country team ran in the Sectional Cross Country Meet at Cesar Chavez Park. The Falcons were one of 18 competing teams. The 5k race consisted of two loops around the park, ran mostly on grass. Sophomore Mariah Albe was the first North Pointe girl to finish in 24:50, beating her previous PR by over 3 minutes. She was followed closely by junior Ashiyah Wheeler who took 4 minutes off her previous PR. Next to finish was senior Alexis Yanda in 25:15, sophomore Emily Morgan Henderson in 26:21, sophomore McKenzie Mordhorst in 26:26, and Deserae Mena in 26:29. Olivia Garlick finished 7th for the team. “It was great to see all the girls PR at the last meet of the season. They all worked really hard throughout the season and it paid off. I loved watching them progress as runners and bond with each other. They really made me proud today,” said Coach Beam.
The Varsity Girls Cross Country team competed at Victory Lanes this afternoon, racing a 5k across the desert hosted by Northwest Christian. Finishing first for the Falcons was sophomore Emily Morgan Henderson with a time of 28:29, followed closely by senior Alexis Yanda in 28:33. The next three girls to finish were sophomore Deserae Mena in 29:13, sophomore McKenzie Mordhorst in 30:11, and junior Ashiyah Wheeler in 30:12. The 6th and 7th place finishers for the Falcons were sophomore Paula Dellinger and junior Olivia Garlick, respectively. “It was a hot day for a 5k race and I was impressed with the girls’ positive attitudes. Several of the girls ran together to push each other and that’s always great to see,” said Coach Beam.
The Varsity Girls Cross Country team competed at Moon Valley today. Competing teams included the host team Moon Valley, Shadow Ridge, and Cactus High School. The 3.1 mile course was run around the track, the baseball field, and the park next to the school. Leading the team for the girls was senior Alexis Yanda with a time of 27:17. The second Falcon girl to finish was sophomore McKenzie Mordhorst with a time of 27:59, closely followed by sophomore Emily Morgan Henderson in 28:02. The fourth and fifth to finish for North Pointe were sophomore Mariah Albe and Sophomore Deserae Mena in 28:18 and 28:54, respectively. “This was the first 5k race of the season, so it was great to see the girls push through. All the girls who ran last year improved their ‘first meet’ time significantly, and the new runners got to feel what racing 3.1 miles is like,” said Coach Beam.