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Owls News · AFHS Cross Country Continues Steady Progress


By: Kallie Swanson
OwlFeed Journalist

Our Agua Fria owl runners traveled to Fountain Hills for their very first invite of the year. Our boys and girls raced well, but they faced tough competition. The runners times were definitely a huge improvement from the first meet, almost everyone was able to run faster than their previous times.

Zalma Torres, sophomore, was one of the medalists with a time of 21:53.81. Also, Jacob Crofford, (freshman) was awarded most improved athlete with nearly a 11 minute improvement from 4 days prior. He went from 38:27 to 27:43!

“We still have a long way to go, but progress is definitely happening!”, Mr. Haubenstricker said. Our Agua Fria runners also traveled to Mountain View Park, for another meet. They faced off against Thunderbird, Bradshaw Mountain, Tolleson, and Sunnyslope.

The girls and boys have been getting great workouts in as they prepare for their future meets. One thing I can’t be more proud of is that despite having over 70% turnover of athletes from last year, this new team has one of the best team dynamics I’ve ever seen,” Coach Haubs said, “they are friendly, supportive, cheer for each other, positive, and hard-working. Seriously a great group of kids to work with on a daily basis!”

Last Wednesday, the Agua Fria runners traveled to Deems Hill Park to take on Sunrise Mountain and Apollo. This course is infamous for being difficult, but our owls took on the challenge. Our lady owls were able to come out on top to have their first undisputed victory of the season. Your male owls were able to take second out of three teams as they fell short to Apollo, but beat Sunrise Mountain.

Update from Coach Haubenstricker:

“We have our first home meet Tuesday with boys racing at 5:00pm and girls racing at 5:45pm. The course start, midpoint, and finish is at the track! Making it spectator friendly! We would love to see you out there!”