Willcox and Safford

Willcox and Safford runners battle for position as they approach the finish line.

WILLCOX — Endurance, patience and speed were all these runners needed on a warm Tuesday afternoon.

Schools such as Fort Thomas, Thatcher, Willcox, Morenci, Safford and more came to Willcox for a makeup race and to see who wanted it the most.

“I didn’t do that great in today’s race, but most of my teammates did amazing today and I’m very proud of them for that,” said Willcox’s Sloan Williams.

For the boys, Safford’s Jacob Urrea came in first place with a time of 18:18.363, and Morenci’s Jordan Mares came in third place.

For the boys team placing, Thatcher took home the bacon, placing first with a score of 44.

Safford came in second place with a score of 59, and Morenci took third place with a score of 72.

“Today’s race, I felt pretty good about going into it. The wash part of the race was hard and difficult; but other than that, I felt pretty good,” said Morenci’s Kayla O’Connell.

O’Connell was the only varsity runner for the Wildcats and took first place overall for the girls with a time of 22:28.492.

Thatcher took first place with a score of 29, and Fort Thomas and Safford came in sixth place overall for the girls.


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