In preparation for the 2A Central regional meet which is scheduled to kick off this weekend, the Camp Verde High School track and field team paid a visit to the Scottsdale Christian Invitational, which was held at Salt River High School on Saturday, May 1.
“This is probably the best team I’ve ever had here at Camp Verde. Our upperclassmen are doing well and we have real talent in the freshman and sophomore class, which means we should do well in the future,” said Camp Verde Head Coach Lori Showers, who is entering her eighth year at the helm.
For the girls, the Cowboys finished second overall with 113 points, only 20 points behind invitational champion, 3A conference foe Estrella Foothills High School.
In the boys department, the Cowboys finished second overall behind Estrella Foothills with 71 points.
Standouts for the girls included freshman Donnie Buss, who finished first in the high jump with a 5-foot, 1-inch try, her personal best on the season.
Buss was a part of the 100-meter hurdles event as well, finishing fifth overall with a 17.25 time while helping the 4x100-meter relay team take third overall to qualify for state with a 54.93 time.
Her teammates for the relay included Taylor Phillips, Libby Roulette and Bianca Melendez.
Also in the high jump, Marissa Simmons took third overall with a 5-foot try while Debra Truncali finished second overall in the 1,600-meter run with a 5:46.40 time.
Jessica Reay finished seventh overall in the same event with a 6:19 time.
Truncali was also a part of the 4x800-meter relay team that took first overall with a 10:52 time, running with teammates Cassie Alvarez, Emily Showers and Reay.
In the 300-meter hurdles, freshman Amanda Showers took third overall with a 50.24 time while taking fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 10-inch try while Roulette was fourth in the triple jump with a 31-foot, 2-inch try.
Showers was also third in the long jump with a 14-foot, 7-inch try, and was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 17.40 time.
In the discus, Katie Wilson was first overall with a personal best 89-foot, 9-inch throw.
The Cowboys also performed well in the 800-meter run, with Alvarez taking third with a 2:39, Emily Showers taking fourth with a 2:40 and Melendez taking fifth with a 2:41.
“That was a great race. Those girls competed well,” Lori Showers said.
On the boys side of the track, student body favorite Donovan Kilby took third overall in the 800-meter run with a personal best 2:07 time.
In the 1,600-meter run, Damien Watkins was sixth overall with a 5:11 time and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that took third overall with a 3:39 time. Ben Bassous, Justin Reay and Trent Fogelson were a part of the relay team as well.
Speaking of Fogelson and Bassous, the pair did a nice job in other events with Fogelson taking second overall in the 400-meter dash with a 51.84 time and Bassous taking seventh in the 100-meter dash with a 11.47 time.
Fogelson and Bassous also teamed with Michael Toth and Reay to take third in the 4x100-meter relay with a 46.71 time.
Region and State
The Cowboys will now turn their attentions to the 2A Central region meet, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 8, at Valley Christian Academy.
Once complete, those who qualified for state will participate in the 1A-2A conference state meet, which is scheduled to begin Friday, May 14, and run through Saturday, May 15.
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