PHOENIX — Rio Rico didn’t quite take home a perfect sweep of Division III state titles, but the Hawks came close.
Junior Oscar Amaya and freshman Allie Schadler both won state championship Saturday at Cave Creek Golf Course. Rio Rico’s girls team won the Division III state championship, while the boys finished second.
“It feels amazing,” Schadler said after posting a time of 18 minutes 38.18 seconds. “I didn’t think I could get here in the beginning of the year.”
Amaya was first with a time of 15:47.57 and junior Carlos Villarreal was second at 15:55.19, but the Hawks failed to defend their boys title. Tuba City won with 48 overall points; Rio Rico finished 23 points behind.
Amaya was happy with the individual championship, but said he’d trade his medal “for first place as a team any day.”
Amaya and Villarreal led halfway through the 3.1-mile course and stayed together before Amaya pulled ahead on the final stretch.
“My goal was to run my heart out and leave everything on the course, and that’s exactly what I did,” Villarreal said.
Schadler became the first freshman girl to win an individual state title since 2008. She was joined two hours later by Flagstaff Northland Prep freshman Valentina Nyhart, who won the Division IV race.
Schadler was a strong runner throughout the season for the Hawks, but she came into her own at the end of the season.
After dominating in sectionals by more than a minute, Schadler had the second-largest margin of victory Saturday.
Rio Rico’s title was its first since 2007.