Copper Hill Cross Country meet at golf course Wednesday

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci sophomore Keaton Jasso (2414) and freshman Anthony Heathman (2412) leave the Marana-held Eye of the Tiger Invitational starting line Oct. 23. Jasso finished 52nd of 122 (18:41.30) entrants and Heathman 77th (19:43.60), both personal best times. The Wildcats host the Sixth Copper Hills Cross Country Invitational at the Greenlee County golf course on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 27.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

GREENLEE COUNTY – The Sixth Copper Hills Cross Country Invitational meet will be held at the Greenlee County golf course on Wednesday, Oct. 27. There are six teams scheduled to join the Wildcats; Benson, Miami, Safford, San Carlos, Thatcher, and Tombstone.

The purpose of the sport is to get from point “A” to point “B” in the fastest time possible. In this particular case, it is a 5K run following the perimeter of the county golf course.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci sophomore Valeria Zegarra Nunez, center, is flanked by Gilbert Higley senior Lucy Lines, left, and Tucson Ironwood Ridge freshman Sara Gorman, right, during the awards presentation. Gorman finished ninth (21:00.20), Nunez 10th (21:00.30), and Lines 11th (21:07.20) during the Varsity Blue run.

Five of Morenci’s six boys and three of its six girls turned in personal best times during the Marana-held Eye of the Tiger Invitational meet on Oct. 23.

Sophomore Keaton Jasso (18:41.30), freshman Anthony Heathman (19:43.60), junior Brady Hooper (23:24.90), and freshmen Tristan Burke (27:44.90) and Camren Colvin (30:53.70) each set personal best times in Marana.

Junior Emery McCabe’s personal best (24:20.00) was set in Casa Grande on Sept. 24.

For the girls, sophomores Valeria Zegarra Nunez (21:00.30) and Elyse Gonzales (23:53.90) plus junior Chastity Gardner (34:48.00) reset personal best times in Marana.

Personal bests for sophomore Yareczi Minor (28:55.70) and freshman Roselyn Dorrell (30:29.60) were set in Tucson Oct. 16, and personal nest for junior Marissa Jacinto was set during 2020 (26:35.00).  

Morenci Boys

Jasso ended 52nd of 122 in 18 minutes, 41.30 seconds and during the Eye of the Tiger Invitational Varsity Blue run, 14th of 40 (20:26.40) during the Thatcher Invitational Varsity run on Oct. 20, 62nd of 162 (18:49.30) during the John Gleason Invitational Varsity run in Tucson on Oct. 16, 11th of 51 (19:44.37) during the Benson Invitational Varsity run on Oct. 6.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photos/Gila Herald: (Left) Morenci freshman Tristan Burke dropped over 12 minutes from the start of the season to his time in Marana. (Right) First-year runner Camren Colvin runs a few laps around the all-weather track in Lawson Stadium during a recent practice session. The Morenci freshman cut over nine minutes from his initial clocking of the season.

Heathman finished 77th (19:43.60) in Marana, 12th (20:05.79) in Thatcher, 102nd (19:48.70) in Tucson, 19th of 30 (20:54.81) during the Safford Invitational Varsity run on Oct. 13, 19th (20:27.17) in Benson, 13th of 40 (20:22.00) during the Nike Southwest Invitational Small Schools Freshmen run in Casa Grande on Sept. 24, and 18th of 51 (23:13.00) during the Willcox Invitational Varsity run on Sept. 15.

Heathman was 15th of 42 (20:06.24), McCabe 33rd (23:18.30), and Hooper 35th of 42 (25:29.14) during the Justin Prevette Invitational Varsity run in Tombstone on Sept. 8.

During open runs, Hooper was 140th of 233 (23:24.90), junior Emory McCabe 175th (24:29.60), Burke 217th (27:44.90) and Colvin 229th (30:53.70) in Marana; Hooper, McCabe, Burke, and Colvin were 27th (23:24.21), 32nd (25:55.11), 46th (33:32.95), and 47th (33:33.00), respectively, of 47 in Thatcher; Hooper was 102nd (23:58.10) and Burke 138th (32:40.30) of 142 during in Tucson; Hooper was 19th (24:55.55) of 29, Burke 25th (28:33.52), and Colvin 28th (32:29.82) in Safford; Hooper was 19th of 33 (24:38.85) and McCabe 21st (24:51.60) in Benson; Hooper was 152nd of 285 (23:33.00) and McCabe 178th (24:20.00) during the Small Schools Open in Casa Grande; Hooper was 32nd of 41 (30:29.21), McCabe 27th (27:59.18), Colvin 39th (39:04.05), and Burke 40th (39:53.43) in Willcox; and freshman Jacob Verdugo ended 31st of 37 (28:35.13) in Tombstone.

Morenci Girls

Nunez ended 10th of 96 in 21 minutes, 00.30 seconds during the Eye of the Tiger Invitational Varsity Blue run, 4th of 45 (22:14.14) during the Thatcher Invitational Varsity run on Oct. 20, 22nd of 127 (21:36.30) during the John Gleason Invitational Varsity run in Tucson on Oct. 16, 3rd of 36 (22:19.63) during the Benson Invitational Varsity run on Oct. 6, 4th of 34 (22:06.52) during the Safford Invitational on Oct. 13, 3rd of 36 (22:19.63) during the Benson Invitational on Oct. 6, 3rd of 24 (25:26.82) during the Willcox Invitational on Sept. 15, and 5th of 24 (22:25.93) during the Justin Prevette Invitational in Tombstone on Sept. 8.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photos/Gila Herald: (Left) Morenci first-year runner Roselyn Dorrell has cut her time down by over 14 minutes. (Right) Junior Chasity Gardner has dropped over 14 minutes since the start of the season.

Gonzales finished 53rd (23:53.90) in Marana, 18th (26:36.09) in Thatcher, 17th (26:15.81) in Benson, 59th of 333 (21:46.00) during the Nike Southwest Invitational Small Schools Varsity run in Casa Grande on Sept. 24, 12th (28:41.32) in Willcox, and 14th (24:20.03) in Tombstone.

Jacinto was 23rd (29:19.69) in Thatcher, 20th (27:57.68) in Safford, 23rd (29:48.21) in Benson, 19th (33:36.59) in Willcox, and 19th (27:27.32) in Tombstone.

During open runs, Minor was 102nd of 133 (31:25.90) in Marana, 77th of 115 (28:55.70) in Tucson, 13th of 33 (29:50.36) in Safford, 23rd of 24 (37:09.32) in Benson, 17th of 35 (34:11.47) in Willcox, and 16th of 32 (29:11.51) in Tombstone.

Gardner was 123rd (34:48.00) in Marana, 34th of 36 (45:28.38) in Thatcher, 35th (48:20.96) in Willcox, and 32nd (44:02.68) in Tombstone.

Dorrell was 91st (30:29.60) in Tucson, 26th (34:30.19) in Thatcher, 17th (33:37.00) in Benson, 30th (41:13.89) in Willcox, and 32nd (36:59.07) in Tombstone.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci Junior High 2021 promotee Juliana Silvester, center, contributed 48 team points as a Sahuarita freshman. Her time was 23 minutes, 18.10 seconds. Sahuarita placed second of 14 teams competing in the Marana Varsity Girls run on Oct. 23.
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