Mon, Feb. 24

Young Cowboys team competes at State
Camp Verde boys and girls track teams finish 13th with 20 athletes

In 107-degree phoenix weather, Camp Verde finished out its week at the 2A State Track Meet at Mesa Community College.

With 20 athletes, the Cowboys boys and girls teams both finished in 13th place, scoring 10 and 21 points respectively.

After the preliminaries, most of the Cowboys were still in the hunt, making it to the finals.

On the boys' team, Jacob Wolfe placed 8th in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Although he timed better in the preliminaries in the 110 hurdles, he hit a snag when he made contact with one of the hurdles going head to head with the bunch, which slowed his time down.

The 4x800 relay team of Coleton Williams, Austin Hudson, Brian Kurzhal and Reece Watkins finished 16th in a time of 9:55.40.

Seth Mosley led the team, competing in three events. He placed 9th in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 8-inches, besting his performance from last year when he placed 11th with a jump of 5-feet, 4-inches.

In the long jump, Mosley finished 7th with a jump of 20-feet, 1.5-inches, almost three feet better than last year's jump and 17th place finish.

Last but not least, Mosley finished third in the state in the triple jump. With a distance of 41-feet, 6.75 inches, Mosley improved his last year's performance by over six feet and moving from 17th to 3rd in one year.

Coach Showers is exited about her young boys team. Like Mosley who sprouted from last year as a freshman to this year, she expects a lot of her younger male athletes to get stronger and faster and be even better for next year's team.

The boys team improved from its finish last year of 17th with 10 points to this year's 13th place finish with 10 points.

"Most of them seem to enjoy it," said coach Showers. "Some of them are looking to get better for football and wrestling. Hopefully we'll see more of these other athletes coming out."

On the girls team, there were a lot of personal records made and some improvements over last year.

Jessica Regan placed 7th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32.32, a personal record for her this year. Marley Fish finished 14th in the 1600-meter run in a time of 6:31.93 and 15th in the 3200 in 14:28.56. Liz Hicks placed 8th in the 3200 with a time of 13:40.19.

In the hurdle events, Cassie Spleiss finished 9th in the finals after catching the fourth hurdle with her toe, an unfortunate turn of events after placing 6th in the event last year. Spleiss also finished 12th in the High Jump and 8th in the Triple Jump with a distance of 31-feet, 1-inch, a personal best for her.

The 4x400 relay team of Jessica Regan, Bassous, Sherry Dutton and Ashley Petefish finished 6th this year with a time of 4:28.12, the team's personal best this year. The 4x800 relay team of Regan, Dutton, Jessica Reay and Hicks finished in a quick time of 10:41.94 to take fourth and finish in the relay team's fastest time this year.

Finally, in the field events, the only senior on the girls team this year, Jordan Trammell finished 6th in the Discus with a throw of 97-feet, 2-inches and 7th in the Shot Put with a throw of 31-feet, .5-inch. Trammell competed in both events with a pulled groin muscle, an injury she got while competing in regionals a week prior.

"Most of my kids made it to the finals, even if they didn't finish high, the top eight is such an accomplishment," said coach Lori Showers. "I've never taken 20 kids, last year we took eight or nine, so I was happy with that."

Coach Showers is definitely looking forward to next year's team. This year's team only had one senior on it and it looks to be the beginning of a skillful and successful team.

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