Desert Twilight provided some massive shakeups in the rankings and we decided to break them down based on grade. Check out our lists of the top-100 boy and girl athletes per grade.
This past weekend, Leo Daschbach spearheaded the charge for Arizona athletes at Desert Twilight with his ground-breaking victory. Meanwhile, Jordan Black finished fourth with his own monstrous performance as possibly the fastest D4 cross-country athlete of all time. Braedon Palmer's fastest performance is still his 15:15 run at Fountain Hills, while Hunter Krasa finally dipped under 15:20 at Desert Twilight.
In the Girl's Sweepstakes race, Caroline McLeskey
finished 7th with the fastest time of the year for Arizona Senior girls. Division 2 State Champion Hana Hall
placed 11th in the same race followed soon by D4 State Champ, Ali Upshaw
with her own lifetime-best.
Lauren Jorgensen won the Championship Girls race at Desert Twilight. - photo by John Hays
The next generation of Arizona are looking wicked fast as well. Roshan Tinoco-Miranda
ran 15:15 for a near-30 second lifetime best, to finish 12th in the Boys Sweepstakes race. Another junior boy we saw snag a huge lifetime best was Xander Black
with 15:19.82 his first performance under 16-minutes to finish sixteenth in the Sweeps race. Max Davis
also took home a big PR with his second ever showing at the Grande Sports Complex. Finally, Randy Espinoza
and Johnathon Lane
went toe-to-toe in the Boys' Championship race to earn huge sub-16 performances.
is still this season's top junior thanks to her performance at Desert Solstice last month. Ranked second at just six seconds behind Ping is Lauren Jorgensen
, thanks to her outstanding showing at Twilight. A transfer from Gulf Breeze, Florida, Jorgensen dominated the Championship Girls race by over twelve seconds.
Rujuta Sane finished 22nd in the Girls' Sweepstakes at Desert Twilight. - photo by John Hays
On the girls' side, Hamilton's cross-country and badminton superstar Rujuta Sane
continues to head the super-sophomore's leaderboard by over 20-seconds. On Friday night, she recorded a Hamilton school record of 18:14.4, in the Sweepstakes Girls race.
Currently, Micah Slivers is the top freshman in the state with his 16:10 5km from the Championship race at Desert Twilight. Brandon Martz, Shayden Begay
, Henry Anderson, Gavyn Begay
, Mitchell Jones
also ran under 17-minutes at Desert Twilight, but how will they fare over the rest of the season against the other guys in their division?
Finally, Lauren Ping
finished second in the Girls' Sweepstakes as the second fastest Arizona girl on the Grande Sports course. In the 18-minute range Mia Hall
, Evelynne Carr
, and Kylie Wild
are all low-stick 9th graders for their teams as well. Hall finished 3rd and 2nd in her first two invitationals both along her home course. Wild placed 5th for the Lancers at Ojo Rojo and ran her first of likely many performances under 19-minutes at Desert Twilight, and Carr won the Invitational Girls' race at Doug Conley.