Fort Defiance boys win Lee-Davis Invite easy despite shaky fifth man Sep 17, 2005

With four of their top five runners within the top eight places, the Fort Defiance boys were able to easily win the Lee-Davis Invitational held at Pole Green despite a poor fifth. The Indians were led by race winner Daniel Alfonso as the junior was the only runner to dip under the Pole Green 5K course with a 16:54 clocking. Senior teammates Derek Hizer (3rd, 17:07) and Matt Bailey (4th, 17:11) were not too far behind their fellow underclassman, while freshmen Josh Ott (8th, 17:34) had a solid run as Fort Defiance\'s fourth runner. While the Indians (43 pts) were able to win with plenty of breathing room as a 45 point margin distanced them from second place Mills Godwin (88 pts), they will have to find a stronger fifth runner in order to be competitve on the Group AA state stage as senior John Wampler was the team\'s fifth finisher in 27th place at 19:03. The Douglas Freeman girls took the team crown on the girls\' side with five runners in the top 16 spots with junior Meredith Cox (2nd, 20:27), freshmen Jamie Machich (8th, 21:18), junior Sonja Lokensgard (9th, 21:20), sophomore Annie MacKinnon (11th, 21:29), and junior Laura Wallace (16th, 21:57). The Kellam girls finished 12 points out of first as they were led by third place run by senior Tara Connor (3rd, 20:36). Maggie Walker senior Samantha DeAlto took a four second victory over district rival Cox to win the girls\' individual title in a 20:23 clocking.