Morenci cross country girls posting improved times
By Raymundo Frasquillo

Morenci’s cross country girls have been posting faster times than last season in meets attended thus far. The program did not field a full team in 2017, but eighth-year coach Kenneth Lester has at least five participants at the starting line.
The Wildcats’ quintet includes senior Camrie McBride, juniors Desirae Babb, Miriam Frisch, and Yrliana Molina, and sophomore Kayla O’Connell.
Morenci visits Willcox Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Casa Grande Friday, Sept. 28, before hosting the Copper Hills Invitational Oct. 3.

Cobre Invitational
The Wildcats were second of three teams running in Bataan Park at Fort Bayard Sept. 15. Silver High totaled 37 points, Morenci 40, Las Cruces 43.
Individually, O’Connell clocked in with 23:46.40 for 3rd of 16 entrants, Babb with 26.10.20 for 6th, Frisch with 28:29.70 for 8th, McBride with 28:56.90 for 10th, and Molina with 29:05.80 for 13th.
Las Cruces junior Julia Fernald finished first (23:27.30) and Silver freshman Lauren Armendariz second (23:45.10).

Thatcher Invitational
Morenci had only three entrants in the Thatcher meet, O’Connell (23:54.06), Babb (27:20.00), and McBride (31:15.02).
Shanaya Victor of San Carlos edged out O’Connell for first (23:54.03) of 34 finishers. Shanae Dosela of Fort Thomas was third (24:21.01), Elliana Windsor of Thatcher fourth (24:41.05), and Amity Hall of Benson fifth (24:43.01).
Host Thatcher won the meet with 26 points, followed by Safford (61), San Carlos (63), and Benson (81). Tombstone had four entrants, Willcox two and Fort Thomas one.

Desert Solstice Invitational
Morenci was one of 67 schools represented in Marana Mountain View’s Desert Solstice Invitational at Crooked Tree Golf Course Sept. 8.
Individually, there were no Wildcats in the Gold portion for 1-4 runners, but four in the Blue (5-8). O’Connell came in at 22:29.76 for 21st of 104 finishers, Babb at 23:57.38 for 43rd, Frisch at 25:35.66 for 68th, and McBride at 27:29.28 for 90th. Babb finished in 25:42.40 for 55th of 155 in 2017.

Payson Invitational
The Wildcats ended ninth of 10 teams scoring in Payson with 192 points.
O’Connell set a personal best 21:55.1 to place 10th of 111 finishers, junior Desirae Babb was 35th (24:08.2), junior Miriam Frisch 50th (25:36.0), senior Camrie McBride 61st (26:28.1), and junior Yrliana Molina 64th (26:59.9).
Babb and Molina clocked in at 26:41.10 (64th) and 31:27.28 (87th), respectively, in Payson last season. Babb has a personal best of 23:35.9 notched in 2016.
Two freshmen also recorded times in Payson, Josie Young and Erica Taylor, ending 106th (38:23.2) and 107th (38:40.1), respectively.