Gila Ridge and Yuma High Cross Country meet at East Wetlands Park

The Hawks and Criminals got together looking to navigate the course over at East Wetlands as some racers were even able to set personal records – 13 On Your Side’s Luis Lopez reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Two local cross country teams met up over at East Wetlands park in Yuma earlier Wednesday evening.

Yuma High and Gila Ridge got together for a race day, which spanned from East Wetlands park, finishing at nearby Gateway Park.

Eduardo Marquez of Gila Ridge placed first among the boys, with a time of 18:06

The criminals only had one boy racer, Joaquin Salcido, who finished in eighth with a time of 25:39.

And one girl racer, Samantha Luna, who finished first among all girls with a time of 25:58.

Both head coaches, John Baldwin of Yuma and Sergio Lopez of GIla Ridge, happy to be back out racing.

“I was looking for a good 100 percent run today it was a little hot to begin with, but luckily the temperature went down and both my athletes that were competing today, they both performed exceptionally well,” Baldwin said.

Lopez said he’s looking for certain racers on his team to step up as leaders.

“We were just looking for consistency, we’re trying to set goals as we go along for the season we lost some of the seniors last year so it’s a young team this year, so we’re just building on it and getting stronger, “Lopez said.

Coach Baldwin says the times set by both Salcido and Luna were both their personal records for the East Wetlands course.

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