Every Cowboy earns a medal
Camp Verde's Joey Jasman looks to be a contender for region and state honors in both the shot put and the discus.
Fortunately, Wednesday’s Sedona Relays arrived on the schedule at the perfect time. The unique event allowed every member of the team ample opportunities to get vital experience, and the small size of the meet allowed every Cowboy to take home at least one medal.
"A lot of these kids aren’t going to score in a big invitational, so it was a fun meet," said CVHS coach Lori Showers. "I tried to get them in as many things as possible. I just wish I had more kids."
The Cowboys took first place in the shuttle hurdles relay. Katie Brown, Stephanie Hoff and Amy Showers combined for a time of 57.7 seconds, with each running a leg of the 100 hurdles, then tagging a teammate who ran back over another set of hurdles in the other direction.
Showers ran the anchor leg and came from behind to beat Sedona Red Rock’s team.
Two relay teams won silver medals. Camp Verde’s mile medley relay group (with runners covering 400, 200, 200 and 800 meters respectively) finished behind only Chino Valley with a time of 5:12.5.
The 3x300 hurdles relay team also took second. Showers, Brown and Hoff all ran side-by-side for this one, and their times were combined for the team total (3:00). Showers took second individually, finishing behind Sedona’s Emily Denison.
Coach Showers put a unique girls 4x100 team together – one hurdler (Brown), one distance runner (Shawna Newton) and two throwers (Sissy Logston and Katie Thompson). The Cowboy crew placed third with a time of 65 seconds.
"I just wanted them to do something extra," coach Showers said. "They got a medal and were excited."
Three other CVHS relay teams also placed third.
The 4x400 team of Showers, Newton, Hoff and Megan Reddell finished in 5:00. The shot put team of Logston, Thompson and Laura Chandler combined for throws of 70 feet, 7 inches.
The sprint medley team of Thompson, Logston, Hannah Strickland and Newton crossed the line in 2:43. That event covers 200, 100, 100 and 400 meters in succession.
Logston, Thompson and Chandler also placed fifth in the discus relay, combining for throws of 155 feet, 4 inches.
Joey Jasman, the only boy from Camp Verde in the meet, didn’t have a relay team to compete with but did well individually.
He beat his own personal record in the discus, covering 123 feet, 9 inches, and threw the shot 40 feet, 1 inch. Jasman’s best shot put this season is nearly 45 feet, putting him among 3A’s best.
Coach Showers has high hopes for her top thrower heading into the last month of the season.
"I’m anxious to see how competes Saturday (at Fountain Hills’ Falcon Invitational) against a lot of the big 3A schools," she said. "I think he’ll be able to place, and that will tell us if he’ll be competitive at state or not.
"I think he’s in the top two in our region right now. It’s only his second year of track, and he came out late this year."
Sedona Red Rock also had several outstanding performances in its second ever home meet.
The Scorpion boys won the 300 hurdle relay in 2:25.4, and the 4x1600 relay team finished second behind Chino Valley in 20:56.8. The freshman girls mile medley team took third in 5:34.7.
In addition to a great day in the 300 hurdles, Denison won the high jump with a leap of 5-0. Teammates Alex Robie and Ananda Robie jumped 4-8, giving the Lady Scorpions the team gold in that event.
Sedona also earned first in the shot put relay with Alex Robie, Ananda Robie and Sasha Piton combining for throws of 81 feet, 11.25 inches.
The Scorpions also placed well in the long jump, the 4x200 girls, the 4x200 freshman/sophomore boys and the distance medley relays.