Crossing the finish line<br><i>Prep track athletes end season run at state</I>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

COWBOY Amy Showers scored points in both hurdles events at state. A junior, she has advanced to state the past three seasons.

Despite minimal training last week leading up to the 3A championship meet to rest a sore arch, Showers ran some of her fastest times ever in the hurdles events. She ended up scoring points for the Cowboys in both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles.

“She was really fresh the first day and she just ran great,” said Cowboy coach Lori Showers, also Amy’s mom.

Amy blazed the track during Friday’s prelims in the 100 hurdles, finishing second overall in 16.60 – her personal best time. She ended up sixth during Saturday’s finals in 17.04.

Showers earned a fourth seed during the prelims of the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.32. She ended up fifth overall in Saturday’s championship heat, dropping her time to 48.88.

“Third through fifth place were all within two hundredths of a second,” coach Showers said of the 300 hurdles. “It was definitely a photo finish. I thought she had fourth. She was disappointed because only the top four medal.”

Rikkilynn London of Blue Ridge edged Showers for fourth place by .03 of a second. Seton’s Maureen Howell finished just .24 seconds in front of the Camp Verde hurdler.

“All three came to the final hurdle at the same time,” coach Showers said.

This was the third year in a row Amy has scored points for the Cowboys at state. She was fourth in both the high and low hurdles as a freshman. She took sixth in the 100 and ninth in the 300 a year ago.

Showers’ performance headlined a solid overall performance by Camp Verde tracksters at the 3A finale.

Senior teammate Megan Reddell placed fifth overall in the 400 meters. Her time was around 1:02 in the prelims, and she came back in the finals with a 1:03.35.

“She’s never run in the 62s,” coach Showers said. “She was seeded ninth going into the meet and ended up fifth. As far as I’m concerned, she really pulled it through.”

Reddell also ran her leg of the 4x400 relay in about 64 seconds. The Cowboy girls didn’t place in that event but their time (4:43.51) easily crushed any previous best.

Stephanie Hoff ran her leg in 71 seconds, knocking eight seconds off her PR. Shawna Newton completed her circuit in 77 seconds – four ticks faster than ever before. Katie Brown ran the fourth leg.

CVHS senior Joey Jasman had his second best shot put toss of the season (46-2) and placed fifth. He finished 14th in the discus with a throw of 111-6.

Jasman set the school record in the shot put (47-6) two weekends ago at the region championships.

MINGUS: Senior Ray Rivera joined the Marauders over the last few weeks of the season and scored the team’s only point at the 4A championships in Mesa over the weekend.

Rivera took eighth place in the triple jump. His best leap of the day was 42 feet, 1.5 inches. Had he matched last week’s jump at the region championships (44-2.5), Rivera would have garnered a silver medal behind champion Reggie McKinley of Shadow Mountain.

Marauder James Paisano placed 11th in the shot put – three spots away from scoring points. Paisano’s top throw was 46-6. The junior had a goal of reaching the top five after breaking the Mingus record earlier in the season.”

“James was upset about not making the final, but he quickly turned it into motivation for next year,” said MUHS coach Rick Walsworth.

Teammate Jason Stutheit placed 13th in the discus with a throw of 131-1.

Ryan Hauser cleared 12 feet in the pole vault. That’s a foot better than last week’s gold medal showing at the region meet. Hauser tied for 12th against state competition.

On the girls side, Kaley Noble nabbed 10th in the pole vault. She cleared the bar at 9-0 but missed out on points based on attempts. Teammate Shantell Hartley was 19th.

Walsworth had a pretty young team this spring. Most of his top athletes should be back in 2005.

“I think that will make for a very exciting season,” the coach said. “I thank all of the kids who came out and worked hard to get better during the season.”

SEDONA: Senior Mike Sanders has been tough to beat in the 800 meters all season. He was impossible to beat over the weekend, cruising home to a 3A gold in 1:58.11. His closest competitor was Chino’s John Killian, who finished nearly two seconds behind him.

Sanders also ran a leg on Sedona’s 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The 4x800 team (Sanders, David Mohney, Ryan Freeman and Myles Morales) placed second behind Seton Catholic in 8:31.56.

The 4x400 team (Sanders, Dan McCullough, Freeman and Mark Maurer) earned sixth in 3:34.57.

Emily Denison, who earned West Region MVP honors this season, had a great state meet to cap her high school career. The senior took fifth in the long jump (15-6.25), tied for seventh in the high jump (4-10) and raced to ninth in the 300 hurdles (50.44).

Other top Sedona finishers included:

• Dan McCullough: third in the 400 meters (52.09)

• Mark Maurer: eighth in the 300 hurdles (43.12)

• Ananda Robie: ninth in the girls high jump (4-10)

• Alex Robie: fourth in the girls shot put (34-9) and 14th in the high jump (4-8)

• Kelsey Minard: fifth in the triple jump (32-10)

TEAM SCORES: The Sedona boys placed ninth overall in the 3A meet with 28 points. Snowflake won the meet with 86 points, followed by Chino Valley’s 59. The Camp Verde boys were 22nd with 4 points.

The Sedona girls placed 14th overall with 14.5 team points. Camp Verde followed in 18th with 11 points. Queen Creek dominated the meet held on its home track with 151 points, followed by Seton Catholic.

Flagstaff won the 4A girls meet, edging Tucson Rincon by 3 points. Centennial topped the list in the 4A boys meet, with Mingus Union’s region rivals Coconino and Page tying for third.

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