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Northland Prep Academy senior Maya Smith added a 32nd-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals to her long list of achievements, clocking an 18:28.0 on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

Smith, a four-time state cross country champion at the Division IV level, averaged 5:56.3 per mile to finish in the top 40 in a race consisting of nearly 200 runners. In order to reach the national race, Smith crossed the finish line second at the NXR Southwest Regional with a blistering time of 17:18 on Nov. 18 in Casa Grande.

Last season, Smith finished in 21st at the regionals in 18:22, missing the top-14 cut that goes to the next level. 

The Northland Prep girls cross country team won three state titles while having Smith leading the pack. She completed the sweep of the three Flagstaff meets held at Buffalo Park as well.

Katelyn Touhy of New York won the girls race in 16:44.7 for a dominant performance, as the runner-up, Kelsey Chmiel, came in at 17:25.


After finishing the first day of the Red Rock Hoops Classic with a 2-1 record, the Coconino Panthers avenged a first-day loss to the host before falling in the title game.

Beating Snowflake 43-38 early Saturday morning, Coconino moved into the semifinals of the eight-team tournament and beat the host Sedona Red Rock 48-33 after losing by 14 Friday afternoon.

Set up against 3A Conference Blue Ridge in the final, 4A Coconino fell 44-39 for the tournament title. After going 3-0 on Friday -- the only school to do so in pool play with wins against Mingus Union, Bradshaw Mountain and Snowflake -- Blue Ridge beat Coconino's Grand Canyon Region rivals Prescott and Mingus Union again on the way to the final.

The Panthers return to regular-season play Monday at Metro Tech before facing Bradshaw Mountain at home Tuesday with both games starting at 7 p.m.

Mike Hartman can be reached at 556-2255 or at


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