The girls team was lead by a strong 3rd place finish from junior Alaina Kautz who overtook a crowd of runners in the final two miles. This was the case for many of the Coyotes Friday afternoon; their strongest component were their finishes. The only CV senior on the course, Ashlynn Ferguson, finished in the top 25, second for the ladies. The team would take 5th place, securing their spot on the starting line at the state meet for the 6th consecutive year.
The boys team was favored to win their sectional competition, and even without senior Kyle Moore, the guys claimed the lowest team score of the day across all divisions with an impressive 25. Sophomore Rylan Stubbs led the way for the Coyotes, crossing the finish line under 17 minutes for the individual victory. The next five CV harriers claimed medals with the group's top 6 in the first 11 slots. This is a repeat victory for the boys, who were the sectional champions last year in their former sectional alignment.
Both the boys and girls teams now prepare for their final race of the year next Saturday at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
Track & Field Preseason Workouts
Tues, Nov 15th
The track season officially begins on Monday, Feb 6th, however, there are athletes who are not in season with winter sports who are maintaining their fitness in preparation for the track season. These athletes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 2:45 after school at the track. The distance crew will begin meeting these days starting the Monday after Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more info.
Gilbert City Championships
Thurs, Oct 20th
Wednesday afternoon, cross country athletes from the six Gilbert public schools met at Freestone Park to run a final meet for all team members before teams head into their championship seasons.
Freshmen medalists were Olivia Callaghan, Junie Zeller, Garrett Anderson, Zac Whaley and Kenny Edwards, who was the overall freshman champ.
The CV Boys sophomore class had seven runners in the top-10; they were Rylan Stubbs, Christian Tamura, Ben Reidhead, Chris Pedersen, Z Cordova, Trenton Lundin, and Thomas Gwin.
Junior class medalists included Zack Prusse, Avree Anderson, and girls race champion for the third year in a row, Alaina Kautz.
Seniors Ashlynn Ferguson, Bryson Murset and Kyle Moore finished among the top-10 in their races.
In the end, the CV Boys finished just one point ahead of the defending champs, Highland, to win the meet with two first place finishes and two second place finishes (a score of six). The girls team finished 5th this year. Both teams now move forward with Sectional and State meets in the coming weeks.
Sat, Nov 5th
This year marked the CV boys team's 6th, and for girls team 7th, consecutive appearances at the State Championships.
The girls team of Elizabeth Christensen, Ashton Riggs, Nicole Harris, Junie Zeller, Ashlynn Ferguson, Morgan Warner, and Alaina Kautz finished 21st in a field of the very best the D2 teams in Arizona. Despite a setback midseason, junior Alaina Kautz improved upon her placement from the 2015 race, finishing 8th overall.
Track & Field State Qualifying Standards
Tues, Nov 15th
Click here to view the qualifying standards for the 2017 Track & Field State Championships. The track season officially begins on Monday, Feb 6th.
Sat, Oct 29th
Friday afternoon, the Boys and Girls teams lit up Crossroads Park for the Division 2 Section 4 Championships. The meet determines the qualifying teams for the D2 State Championships Nov 5th.
The boys team of Garrett Anderson, Christian Tamura, Zac Whaley, Kenny Edwards, Kyle Moore, Zack Prusse, and Rylan Stubbs took home the runner-up trophy, the highest team placement in the short history of the CV cross country program. The boys team put four athletes in the top 20, including freshmen Zac Whaley (19) & Kenny Edwards (18). Sophomore Rylan Stubbs earned the bronze medal, finishing third in an impressive 16:16 on the challenging 5k course.
The CVHS community is proud of the accomplishments of the boys and girls cross country teams this fall. Congratulations on an excellent season of training and racing!