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Sun, Oct. 20

Camp Verde girls take 3rd, boys 6th
It wasn't just about the races and competition, it was a day to remember a friend

Coach Lori Showers and the Camp Verde track team hosted its 2nd annual Matt Showers Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

Last year, they hosted about 10 schools, this year, it was closer to 19. On a beautiful day, the Cowboys took on schools from the 1A to the 4A conference.

Sedona High School's girls won the meet with 136 points, followed by Mingus Union with 72 and coming in right behind the Marauders were the Camp Verde Cowboys with 71 points. All together, there were 17 girls' teams that took the field.

For the boys' teams, it was all Sedona as well, scoring 130 points and taking first place. Mingus grabbed second with 94.5 points and Bourgade with 3rd with 74 points. Camp Verde's young but eager team finished 6th out of the 19 teams with 33 points.

Individually for the girls' team, Cassie Spleiss placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.64. The 4x100 relay team of Sherry Dutton, Bassous, Ashley Petefish and Spleiss took 3rd with a time of 57.64.

In the distance races, Jessica Regan placed 2nd in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42, Liz Hicks finished 2nd in the 3200 in 14:19, followed by Marley Fish in 3rd in 15:10. In the field events, senior Sissy Logston took 3rd shot put with a throw of 29-feet, 29.5-inches, followed by a 4th place finish by Jordan Trammel with a throw of 29-feet, .5-inch. In the discuss, Trammell finished 2nd with a throw of 100-feet, 11-inches.

On the boys team for Camp Verde, Jacob Wolfe finished 4th in the 110 hurdles in 17.96. The 4x400 relay team of Seth Mosley, Wolfe, Ben Bassous and Donovan Kilby finished in 4th place with a time of 3:55. Mosley continues to dominate the jumping events with a 1st place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19-feet, 7-inches and a 1st place finish in the triple jump with 38-feet, 8.75-inches.

Logistically the meet went off well. In fact, coach Showers had more volunteers than she knew what to do with, but was thankful to have all of the support that she did. The meet at Camp Verde high school was one of if not the biggest meet the school has hosted.

The booster club paid for the awards, which will enable coach Showers to put more of the money raised by the event into the foundation that will begin giving out as much as $500 for a scholarship as early as this year.

"We haven't started awarding it yet, but are trying to build it up," said coach Showers. "We are trying to put $10,000 into it before we begin awarding it. If we can't award a scholarship this year, then we will begin it next year, Matt would have been a senior next year."

The foundation was set up in memory of Matt Showers, who would have been a senior next year. He was a three-sport athlete, so the criteria for the scholarship, which hasn't been set yet, will most likely include that the student be an athlete and an excellent student.

"We may do a small one this year and go full force next year," said coach Showers. "Just because those are the kids who he grew up with."

The track team continues it schedule at the Wickenburg Invitational on Friday.

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