Sedona boys defend title
Staff phhoto by Eric Lusk
RED ROCK senior Paul Freeman won both hurdles events and earned meet MVP honors for the boys.
The Scorpion boys beat second-place Chino Valley 109-85. Freeman won both the high hurdles and low hurdles, took third in the 200 meters and anchored Red Rock's winning 4x400-relay team.
"Paul reacted beautifully to the cold weather," said Sedona coach Harry Schneider. "It was pretty exciting with (him winning MVP)."
Sedona's girls, who won at Camp Verde last year, finished second in this year's meet. Chino earned the girls title 139-70 over the Lady Scorpions. Host Camp Verde finished sixth in both the boys and girls meets. Eighteen 1A, 2A and 3A schools competed on a blustery spring day.
David Mohney also picked up a gold medal for Sedona, winning the 1600 meters. Michael Sanders placed second in the 800 meters, while Nick Colon took second in the triple jump and 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles.
Freeman, Colon, Sanders and Dan McCullough comprised the winning 4x400 relay team, which crossed the line more than 12 seconds ahead of the silver-medal squad from Parker. That event sealed the meet win over Chino.
"They announced the score with two events to go that we were winning by 1 point," Schneider said. "That provided a little emotion (for the 4x400) right there. We had to beat Chino to win. We were first and they were third."
Sedona also won the 4x800 with Mohney, Sanders, Ryan Freeman and exchange student Yendrick Westphal of Germany coming home 10.25 seconds ahead of the second-place Higley.
"(Westphal) has never run a step before this season," Schneider said. "It was his first gold medal ever. He went out hard, faded a little bit, then kicked it in."
Other top six finishers from Sedona included McCullough (fourth in 200 meters), Mark Maurer (fifth in 300 hurdles), Kurosh Aghazadeh (sixth in 1600 meters and fourth in 3200 meters), Nolan Loscheider (fifth in shot), Chris Tolley (fourth in discus) and Ryan Freeman (sixth in 800).
Camp Verde's top point-scorer on the boys' side was senior Jesse Taylor, who took third in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. Travis Dixon nabbed fifth in the 100 and fourth in the long jump.
"Jesse continues to sprint well," said Camp Verde coach and meet director Lori Showers. "He and Travis are both getting better and better."
Kyle Vandermale placed third in the 800 meters and sixth in the triple jump. Joey Jasman earned third in the discus and fourth in the shot put. Peter Tudor took sixth in the discus, and Camp Verde's 4x100 relay team placed fourth, missing out on the bronze by less than 0.6 of a second.
Cowboy Amy Showers won a gold medal and placed in four events total on her home track. The sophomore won the 300 hurdles and took second in the 100 hurdles, fourth in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the high jump.
Sedona had two gold medallists on the girls side in Alex Robie (high jump) and Emily Denison (long jump). Robie also placed second in the shot put, fourth in the triple jump and fourth in discus. Denison was third in the high jump.
Jennifer Johns medalled in two events for Sedona, taking silver in the 300 hurdles and bronze in the 100 hurdles. Scorpion Elmira Tolubaeva placed fifth in the 800. Sedona's 4x400 relay team of Johns, Summer Jackson, Tolubaeva and Danielle Mohney won gold.
Camp Verde placed sixth in the 4x400. Cowboys Stephanie Hoff took fourth in the high hurdles to round out the CVHS scoring.
Schneider praised the Cowboys for putting on a well-run meet. Fortunately, the rain held off as well — something that didn't happen last season. "Lori Showers did an excellent job of holding the meet," Schneider said.