This had been the largest group to go to the State track meet for Camp Verde. Coach Lori Showers applauded the efforts of her athletes during what was sometimes a very hectic event.
With the temperatures of 100 degrees or more, people tried hard to find shade while the athletes put it all out on the track on Saturday. The State track and field meet at Mesa Community College wasn't a typical track meet. In fact, with both boys and girls competing from the 2A, 4A I and 4A II, there were six State meets going on at once, which meant a lot of action, some confusion and a lot of cheering fans.
The Cowboys traveled to Mesa to compete in both the preliminaries and finals of the State meet. Among those who made it were Camp Verde athletes participating in more than one event.
Sissy Logston went the distance, getting sixth place in shot put and ninth in discus. In shot put she recently added about two feet onto her distance, which made all the difference in the world for placing against State competitors
Alfonso Pesquiera, having come off of injury just two weeks prior, had a successful meet, despite being somewhat out of shape. He finished the 100-meter in a fast third place, and he finished with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash later in the day.
Seth Mosley had a busy day in Mesa. Mosley finished tied for 11th in the high jump, then finished 15th in the triple jump and 17th in the long jump.
Cassie Spleiss had personal bests during the day while getting an impressive sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She followed with a 20th place finish in the long jump.
For the single-event athletes, the results were impressive as well.
Jessica Regan had an outstanding finish in the finals, getting fourth place in the 800-meter run and solidifying herself as an outstanding, legitimate distance runner. Her time of 2:28.34 was her best time ever in this event.
Sherry Dutton grabbed ninth in the State in the 400-meter run, and Liz Hicks finished tied for 13th in the high jump. Pat Logston rounded out the boys' performance on the field with a 16th place finish in the discus.
The heartbreak of the day went to Ashley Petefish. After finishing fifth in the 300-meter hurdles preliminaries, she looked strong off the blocks during the final race. After the last set of hurdles, she was holding onto third as her legs gave out. Right before she could cross the finish-line, she fell, opening up her knee that had already been scraped up from a fall earlier in the week. She didn't let that stop her. After being carried off the track and her knee tended to, she got back on her feet and continued to compete.
That disappointment couldn't dampen the Cowboys triumphs on Saturday. Along with individual efforts, the girls' 4x800 finished in an impressive fourth place with their best time ever of 10:22.19. The girls' 4x400 relay team finished fifth.
Overall, the girls placed eighth at State with a total of 21 points. They beat out 16 other teams that had placed. The Camp Verde girls also accomplished a huge feat by coming in third among public high schools. Valley Christian grabbed the No. 1 spot with an astounding 147.5 points.
"This was our first year as true team competitor," coach Showers said.
A goal for next year for Showers is to start seeing some more numbers in the boys' team. Those who competed did well but the team itself cannot compete until more athletes come out for the team.
"Its all very exciting," coach Showers said. "The best part is, is that all of the girls will be back next year. We will be able to be as strong if not stronger."