Cowboys ready for Region meet
The track team at Camp Verde High School has plenty of that after last week's showing at the Chino Valley Invitational ‹ something the team hasn't had much of in the past.
"It's weird, but we have highlights this year," coach Lori Showers said.
Amy Showers turned in a personal best performance in the 300-meter hurdles, winning race with a time of 47.41. It was the first time she's gone under 48 in her career.
Chino's Kayla Peck, Showers' rival in the hurdles, was second. Ashley Petefish, in just her fourth race, was fourth with a time of 50.54 ‹ although she had the third-best time of West Region competitors.
Peck got the best of Showers in the 100 hurdles by less than half a second. The race was neck-in-neck, but Showers lost time off the starting blocks.
"They were good races for her. She's primed and ready to go for state," coach Showers said. "She wants to get in the 15s and the 46s in the hurdles, and I think it's possible."
Katie Brown finished in fifth place in the 100 hurdles, but was third among region foes. With only the top three out of regionals qualifying for state, Brown and Petefish could take that third spot behind Showers and Peck.
Jessica Reagan had a strong outing in the 400. She took sixth, but was third out of the region runners with a time of 66.54.
At the start of the season, Reagan was in the 71s. She's dropped nearly five seconds to put herself in a position to advance to state.
In the 800, Reagan took third with a 2:42, seven seconds better than her previous best.
"All of a sudden she's peaked, and she's only a freshman. She could end up placing in both events and going to state," Showers said.
Reagan joined Petefish, Rainey Walker and Showers in the girls 4x400 relay team, which also turned in a PR. Their time of 4:32 beat out each region team in attendance, but earned them fourth overall.
The girls 4x100 was also fourth. Petefish, Walker, Showers and Brown combined for a time of 56.13.
Both teams were missing a key ingredient to the lineup. Cherry Dutton, who injured her foot earlier this month, was the fastest runner of the group. She'll see the doctor this week, but the chances are she may be out for the season.
"The problem is she's one of our fastest runners. We ran a 54.80 with her on the team," coach Showers said.
Minus Dutton, both relays should get the nod for state by placing in the top three.
On the boys side, Alfonso Pesquiera was seventh in the 100 dash, but second out of the region. He also took sixth in the 200, turning in the best region time.
Ernesto Sierras was eighth in the 800 and fifth in the 1,600. In both races, he was among the top three from the West.
Pat Logston turned in a PR in the shot put with a throw of 40-2. He'll have to add another four feet to make it to state.
The 3A West Region Track Meet takes place this Saturday at Wickenburg. Only a few CVHS athletes have prequalified for state. Everyone else will have to do it the hard way.