Division III state cross country meet: Sabino's Stamp, Rio Rico boys settle for runner-up finishes

2011-11-06T00:00:00Z Division III state cross country meet: Sabino's Stamp, Rio Rico boys settle for runner-up finishesDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Sabino's Tyler Stamp and Scottsdale Saguaro's Jake Wynn saved their best for last.

Literally.

The two came down the final 100 meters of the 3.1-mile course at Cave Creek Golf Course matching each other step-by-step in the final race of the day.

With about 50 meters remaining, the Sabino senior let up with nothing left in the tank. Meanwhile, Wynn pulled away to capture the boys Division III individual title in 15 minutes 39.59 seconds.

"I was saying to myself 'I really want to be a state champion' so I tried as hard as I could but my legs got so tired," Stamp said. "I was trying to catch him but I didn't have anything left."

Still, Stamp easily placed second in 15:44.35, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the next runner.

"Even though I wasn't first, it's still pretty awesome," Stamp said. "That's the hardest-run race I've ever run."

While Stamp was the individual standout in the boys race, Rio Rico finished second as a team with 86 points behind Chinle's 71.

Junior Robert Contreras placed sixth in 16:16.28 and sophomore Ben Noriega took seventh in 16:20.98.

"We knew what we had to do but some of us just didn't step on the day we had to," Contreras said. "We're going to train super hard just so we can come back next year and win state not barely, but pretty handily."

Rio Rico had four runners in the top 25 with junior Lee Jones finishing 18th in 16:55.41 and senior Josue Rosas placing 25th in 17:07.64.

Chinle also won the girls team race. Rio Rico's Marley Henson finished fifth in 19:34.93 to help the Hawks place fifth as a team.

"It was definitely difficult but I'm proud of myself for pushing and I'm proud of my team and I know that they did well," Henson said.

"That fifth place is going to be in my mind for next year and I'm going to come back with even more fire," she added.

Freshman Jackie Giron was 11th in 20:15.00 and junior Jocelyne Munoz finished 19th in 20:15.16 to give the Hawks three in the top 20.

Henson was in second place early behind the Rolonda Jumbo before Jumbo pulled away for her fourth straight individual title.

"She's just amazing and I honor her a lot," Henson said. "I wasn't going to try and stay with her because it wouldn't be smart on my part."

Sahuarita junior Melissa Williams snagged the last spot for a medal, by finishing 14th in 20:26.40.

"I thought I would do better but I medaled and I went 30th last year so I improved," she said. "I wanted to be top 10, but that's life. These girls were really fast."

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