Subscribe for 17¢ / day

With the result coming down to the final scoring runner, the Flagstaff Eagles just edged the Northland Prep Spartans for the girls city team title Wednesday at Buffalo Park.

While Maya Smith and Keelah Barger torched the rest of the field with their individual times for the Spartans, Flagstaff filled up the top 10 with six of its runners to score 32 points to Northland Prep’s 37.

A similar result followed in the boys division, with six Eagles inside the top 10 beating out the Spartans pair of top-three finishes. Finishing with 24 points, Flagstaff swept the city meet with a boys title while Northland Prep followed with 36. Coconino finished third in each division while Basis Flagstaff wound up in fourth.

A little more than two weeks away from their respective section meets, the four schools came together to wrap up the running season at Buffalo Park.


The favorite to capture yet another Division IV individual title, Smith left the field well behind roughly two-thirds of the way through the 5K race as she charged up the hill near the entrance of Buffalo Park without a competitor in sight.

Smith finished her run in 17:30, more than a minute faster than her second-place teammate and in a time good enough for 18th among the boys, as her D-IV, Section III meet set for Oct. 27 nears. Barger finished without any traffic around her as well, running an 18:36 as the Spartans swept the top two spots before the run of Eagles came through the finish line.

Flagstaff’s Maddy Christopher held off Coconino’s Woodlyn Smith for third place, with each tallying a 19:02 before the pack of Eagles filled up the final scoreboard. Povi Plank finished fifth in 19:10, with Katrina Vollmer in seventh (19:25), Brianna White in eighth (19:30), Angel Curley in ninth (20:15) and Chloe Painter in 10th (20:16).

Only Northland Prep’s Nora Blodgett could break up Flagstaff’s group with a sixth-place finish in 19:16. Andrea Lopez and Kate Bailey rounded out Northland Prep’s five scorers, finishing 12th and 16th respectively in 20:37 and 21:36. Coconino placed its five scorers inside the top 17, with Hope Saxton taking 11th (20:20), Kaelynn Ashley in 13th (20:48), Lilla Tassinari in 15th (20:58) and Jordan Brockman in 17th (21:43).

Rebecca Sturm led the way for Basis Flagstaff, finishing 18th in 21:48. Megan Holm followed with a 24th-place finish in 22:50, and Camila Hess-Neustadt in 50th with a 28:36.


Set for its D-II, Section II meet on Oct. 26, Flagstaff finished its local meets with a sweep of the city titles while Flynn Furhmann took the individual title with a 16:14 after having led for much of the 5K.

After Northland Prep’s Nicholas Hall took second in 16:23, the Spartans edged the Eagles for second as Brandon Bounds sprinted the final stretch to catch Wren Cooperrider, each recording a 16:29 finish.

Tied in points after the first two runners, Flagstaff’s group of four more in the span of 10 seconds allowed the Eagles to capture the win. Peyton Sventek took fifth in 16:39, Riley Human finished sixth in 16:42, Zac Joyce came through in eighth and Corey Blaubam in ninth as each recorded a 16:48. With each school running its whole high school rosters in the single race, Flagstaff actually took 10 of the top 15 spots in the boys race, with the second group of five not counting in the final score.

Northland Prep’s Hayden Andersen split up Flagstaff’s pack with a seventh-place run in 16:47, while Nalzheii Lonetree took 11th (16:49) and Micah Stanton finished 16th (17:15). Coconino’s Sam Lasley edged Lonetree for 10th while recording the same time, and teammates Jon Ulibarri (19th), Adam Petersen (21st), Cameron Toothaker-Lopez (27th) and Sean Malone (30th) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, whose D-III, Section IV meet is set for Oct. 27.

Tucker Grams topped the leaderboard for Basis with a 22nd-place finish in 17:58, followed by Karl Spinti in 26th, Quinn Norris in 32nd and Joseph Reich in 35th.

Editor's note: This story incorrectly identified Megan Holm as Basis Flagstaff's top finisher in the girls race. Rebecca Sturm led Basis with an 18th-place finish.


Sports Reporter

Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

Load comments