Sun Devil & CV Alum Brandon Boys Visits CV Preseason Mon, Jan 23rd
CV school record-holder Brandon Boys (1:54.89 800m) and current Arizona State cross country and track athlete joined the team for a run Monday. Fresh from a top-10 finish of 4:15.73 in the indoor mile at Texas A&M this weekend, Brandon shared the roads with the CV team and also shared some of the experiences that have brought him to this current point in his running journey.
When speaking with the team, Brandon named "consistency" as one of the important aspects of his training that has led to performance improvements. In his first year of off-season training, between his junior and senior year of high school, Brandon trained in the off-season and ran on the CV cross country team in the fall. It was then that he was able to improve his 1600m performance from a 4:50 to a 4:20, and his 800m performance improved from a 1:59 to a 1:54.
CV Track athletes: gain strength, speed, endurance through CONSISTENCY. Do the work your coaches prescribe for you consistently; day in and day out. Take care of your body by resting well, and fueling your body with nutritious foods. Consistency is key to improved performances!
School Records Broken at Red Mountain Rampage Invitational
Sat, March 25th
Riley Langton and Shane Leeper took down long-standing school records on Friday evening. Leeper ran 16.01 for the 110m hurdles, well ahead of 2012's Jacob Boyer. Riley Langton first broke Brandon Flores's 2011 200m record by running 22.78, then later in the meet, took Jonathon Holomon's 400m record, becoming the first CV athlete to run under 51 seconds; 50.87.
Chandler Rotary Invitational Meet Qualifiers
Sun, Mar 19th
Saturday the 25th will be the 77th annual Chandler Rotary Track Meet. This meet, sponsored by Nike and Gatorade is one of the nation's premier events with athletes competing from across the Western US. Campo Verde will have it's largest representation ever in Saturday's seeded and elite races. Saturday morning will feature Ryan Clegg and Haylee McLeod in the 200m, Allie Louis in the 800m, Kyle Moore and Zack Prusse in the 1600m, and likely a number of others who qualified as alternates (Walton, Wallace, Jamison, & Samford). The evening elite session will feature Rylan Stubbs and Alaina Kautz in the mile, Blake Chambal in the 800m, and the CV girls 4x100m relay team. Congrats and good luck to these deserving athletes!
Click here for more information about the Chandler Rotary
Impressive Performances at Pioneer Invitational
Sun, April 16th
The CV boys and girls track & field teams finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively at this year's Pioneer Invitational in North Phoenix. Many athletes ran personal best times, medaled in their event, contributed to the teams' scores. A handful more qualified for the state championships in a few weeks, and set school records.
Isaac Sanchez long-jumped his way on to the record board by soaring to a 21-foot jump that overtook the previous school record by just one inch. Later, Isaac would set a personal record in the 400m dash running 51.46 seconds, placing him at #3 on the CV all-time best list. Not long after, Isaac ran with teammates Simon Hixon, Riley Langton, and Ryan Clegg in the 4x400m relay that would not only take the victory by nearly 80 meters, but would fall just one second short of the CV 4x400m relay school record!
Alaina Kautz ran to a decisive win in a competitive field of 3200m runners, closing in 79 seconds to finish in 11:33; giving her a Division II #4 ranking with just 3 weeks until the state championships. With just fifteen minutes rest, she anchored the girls 4x400m relay in 63 seconds to break the school record with a 4:15.0 and secure the team a runner-up finish! The team was comprised of freshman Rylee Rottweiler, Shelby Walsh, and Ebani Acedo.
Sophomore Rylan Stubbs won the 800m race clocking the second-fastest time in school history at 1:56.50. He is currently ranked 3rd in Division II just 0.37 seconds behind the current leader. He joins teammates Blake Chambal (1:59.46) and newly-minted sub-2 half-miler Kyle Moore (1:59.57) in the top 10 in Division II who look to challenge the school record 4x800m relay time of 8:00.2 on Friday at Queen Creek HS.
It was a great meet for Alaya Walton who returned from a setback this week to win the 100m final in 12.77. Alaya was joined in the 100m final by teammates Natteya Jamison and Ebani Acedo who also put points on the board for the Coyotes finishing 5th and 6th, respectively.
The team's jumpers had a great day at the Pioneer Invitational with nearly half of the 28 entries resulting in PRs (personal records). Freshman Noah Wasserbeck, younger brother of school record-holder Andrew, set the freshman record in the pole vault, clearing an impressive 11'-3". Clearance at this height earned him a 7th place finish in the field of 30 athletes.
The team travels to Queen Creek on Friday to compete at the SE Valley Championships against the likes of Brophy, Xavier, and Basha.
Athletes set PRs at King of the Mtn Invitational
Sat, Sept 17th
Nineteen athletes ran personal record (PR) performances Saturday morning at the 3rd annual King of the Mountain Invitational in North Mesa. The course measured 3.0 miles, just shy of 5k, but even after conversions to 5k, nineteen PRs were established. Athletes' profiles on athletic.net will display times for a 5k distance, however. Medals went to the top 10 in each of the races, and six CV athletes earned one. An individual victory as well as the "outstanding performer" award were won by Rylan Stubbs; 15:47.
The team now looks ahead to the Twilight Invitational on Sept 30th.
Boys take 4th at Solstice
Tues, Sept 13th, 2016
In one of the largest meets in Arizona, the 3rd annual Desert Solstice Inv in Marana, the CV boys finished a respectable 4th place behind three Div 1 powerhouse teams. Both Zack Prusse (Jr) and Rylan Stubbs (So) ran times that qualify them as Milesplit National Elites, 16:18 & 15:41, respectively. Freshman Kenny Edwards ran sub-17 after leading the pack through the one mile mark in 5:00. He would finish 42nd overall in the combined varsity competition of 254 athletes. Another freshman rounding out the top-7 was Garrett Anderson, who lost one of his shoes just 800m into the race. Despite being unevenly shod for 2.6 miles, he completed the course in personal record time; 17:30.
Alaina Kautz (Jr) ran to a near-personal best of 18:36 and finished 13th overall. She was supported by season bests from every other girl on the team, and an impressive personal record time of 23:11 by relative newcomer to the sport, Morgan Warner (Jr), who was the team's fifth finisher. Another outstanding improvement came from Nhi Nguyen, who bettered her 5k PR by more than ten minutes in nine days.
Boys Win Chandler Invitational
Sat, Sept 3rd, 2016
CV Boys team finished on top at this year's Chandler Invitational, defeating D1 cross country powerhouses Brophy, Mt View, Highland, CDS, & Perry. The boys finished 3rd, 1st, 6th, & 3rd in their respective class races to win with a mere 13 pts to runner-up Mt. View who had doubled CV's score. The top 5 CV boys ran the 5k course with a spread of just 21 seconds (16:53-17:14) despite being split among four races.
The freshmen boys placed three in the top 10 to win the freshmen boys' team race, and junior Alaina Kautz ran to a victory over Chandler HS rival Ava Hamilton. The girls' team finished 6th overall; one of their best showings at the Chandler meet in school history.
Click here to read an article about the CV Cross Country team's showing at the Chandler Invitational.
CV Boys Win Titan Invitational
Fri, Oct 14th, 2016
The boys team went 3, 5, 7, 15, & 29 to win the 3rd annual Titan Invitational with a score 24 pts better than runner-up Cactus Shadows, defeating some of the most respected teams in Arizona. Congrats CVXC boys!
Click here to watch a short interview with the boys team following their win.
CV Makes Statement at Twilight Inv.
Sat, Oct 1st
The boys and girls teams ran well at the 9th annual Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande Friday evening. The meet was attended by athletes representing 184 teams from across the southwestern US. Nine CV athletes ran personal record times, and many more came within 30 seconds of their PRs. Some of the biggest improvements in 5k best times came from sophomore Ethan Bertrand (1 min, 10 sec), and freshman Olivia Callaghan (2 min, 5 sec).
Both the girls and boys varsity teams competed against the very best teams at the meet in the Sweepstakes races that conclude the meet. The boys team had their best placement ever, finishing 9th behind four AZ Div1 schools, and four schools from other states. Especially impressive finishes came from the boys' team's 4-7 runners, all freshmen or sophomores; with a 45 second spread. The spread from 1-5 was a mere 44 seconds. Congrats Coyotes!
CV Cross Country Community Care
Thurs, Sept 22nd, 2016
The cross country team spent the evening packing food boxes for children in need in Cambodia last week. This service effort was initiated and carried out by the athletes, independent from the coaching staff. We are very proud of the selflessness exhibited by our teammates!
Desert Classic Recap
Sat, Mar 4th
In the team's first meet of the year, the coyotes competed against 22 opponents and finished 5th (boys) and 6th (girls). On the track, the boys team only failed to put points on the board in in three of the eleven races. The boys team stand-outs were Ryan Clegg (7th-100m-11.60 and 4th-200m-23.21), Isaac Sanchez (5th-400m-52.44), Simon Hixon (6th-400m-52.48), Blake Chambal (1st-800m-2:00.32), Rylan Stubbs (2nd-1600m-4:28.28), Kyle Moore (6th-1600m-4:40.29), Kenny Edwards (8th-3200m-10:35), Marcus Ruhrer (2nd-300mH-42.96), Shane Leeper (8th-300mH-43.88), & Devin Ross (8th-PV-10'6"). On the girls' side, points were earned by Alaya Walton (6th-100m-13.16), Natteya Jamison (8th-100m-13.28), Haylee McLeod (6th-200m-26.95), Shelby Walsh (3rd-400m-1:03.09), Allie Louis (2nd-800m-2:31.24), Alaina Kautz (1st-1600m-5:33.94), Eden Pope (8th-HJ-4'10"), & Lauren Rosen (4th-PV-8'6") whose vault broke her previous school record by 11 inches. By the conclusion of the meet, six athletes or relay teams had achieved state provisional or automatic qualifying standards.
Click here for a full listing of results
The team competes again on Wednesday at Mesquite HS.
Twin Day, Feb 17th!
Athletes showed their team spirit by dressing up with a teammate for "Twin Day" on Friday. We had great participation, but it was Nick Yeager and Zach Fair who won the prize: a pair of $10 Jamba Juice gift cards! Check out the pictures of our "twins!"
D2 State Championships Day One
Fri, May 5th
After the first day of competition, the Coyotes took home a medal in almost every final event contested. Sophomore Rylan Stubbs finished 2nd in the 3200m with a landslide time of 9:28, the boys 4x800m relay team of Kyle Moore, Blake Chambal, Zack Prusse, and Rylan Stubbs took 2nd with a near-school record of 8:00.52. Alaina Kautz took 3rd in the 1600m and 4th in the 800m where she improved her school record to 2:18.91. The boys 4x400m relay team of Simon Hixon, Riley Langton, Isaac Sanchez and Ryan Clegg (all four of them juniors) was the 3rd fastest D2 quartet on the track smashing the school record set just one week ago by more than three seconds! Keegan Wallace lowered her 100m school record to 12.55, as did Riley Langton in the 400m with a 50.19, and Isaac Sanchez improved his school record in the long jump to 21 feet 4.5 inches.
With more events yet to be contested, the CV boys are currently in 3rd place in the tournament just 1.5 points behind Maricopa HS. Girls are currently in 6th place. The final events will be held at MCC Saturday afternoon. Best of luck to our Coyotes!
Coyotes Complete the 197.1 Mile Ragnar Relay!
A group of CV athletes ran from Wickenburg, AZ to Mesa, AZ in a continuous relay race of nearly 200 miles: this year's Ragnar Del Sol. Click here to see a couple of their photos!
AZ Central XC Athlete of the Year Nomination
Dec 9th, 2017
AZCentral Sports has nominated CV junior Rylan Stubbs to receive this year's cross country athlete of the year award.
"Stubbs was a model of consistency, winning five of his six 5,000-meter races with Campo Verde this season including the Div. II Championship and the AIA Sectional Crossroads. In the Desert Twilight, the only race he didn't win this year, the junior set a personal record with a time of 15:25. It was one of his three races better than 16 minutes."
Click here to read about the other nominees.
2017 CV Cross Country Banquet
Nov 20th, 2017
The CV Cross Country team met together for dessert and appetizers on Monday night, Nov 20th at the CV Cafeteria. Athletes were awarded for their contributions to what has been one of CV Cross Country's most successful season to date. MVPs Rylan Stubbs & Alaina Kautz, Most Improved: Mac Jones & Taytum Coons, Outstanding Freshman: Wyatt Hanson & Kaitlyn Bowe, Coyote Pride Award: Jason Tolzman & Farrah Ashcraft.
CV Athletes compete at Nike Cross Regional Southwest
Nov 19th, 2017
Avree Anderson, Christian Tamura, and Kenny Edwards toed the line with some of the best athletes in the Southwestern US on Saturday November 18th in Casa Grande, AZ for the Nike Cross Regional meet. The athletes performed well and stamped a positive mark on the end of their cross country season. There was also great support at the meet from teammates, past and present. Rylan Stubbs ran 15:44 in the Championship race, and Alaina Kautz 19:01. The race marked the end of Kautz's high school cross country career. All five athletes are prepared to take some time to rest and reflect before gearing up for the spring track season.
CV Cross Country Teams Cap Season with Outstanding Performances at State Championships
Nov 4th, 2017
Many weeks of hard work paid off for the boys and girls on the CV XC teams at the State Championships. The girls' team was aiming for a top-10 state finish this year, and with well-run races from each young lady on the team, they accomplished just that; finishing 9th place. Alaina Kautz put up one heck of a fight, running in second place for the majority of the 3.1 mile course. In the final uphill stretch, she maintained a top-3 finish to claim the bronze medal; improving upon her 8th place finish in 2016. Freshman Kaitlyn Bowe finished second for the coyotes in 21:30, followed by sophomore Olivia Callaghan (21:46), and freshmen Ellie Brooks (22:22) and Brady Riggs (23:00). Sophomore Taytum Coons and freshman Tori Mask finished in 23:23 and 24:41, respectively.
The boys' team sought after another trophy after finishing runner-up in 2016, and in a tight battle, took the runner-up award this year as well. The boys' team was led by school record-holder junior Rylan Stubbs who hammered the final mile to win in 15:53. He is Campo Verde's first cross country state champion. Behind Rylan, senior Zack Prusse finished 25th in 16:54, followed by Zac Whaley (17:05), fellow sophomore Kenny Edwards (17:15), and junior co-captain with Stubbs, Christian Tamura (17:40). In his final season, senior Avree Anderson finished in 17:55, and sophomore Mac Jones was close behind running 18:25 on the 5k course.
The boys' team will compete together one final time at the Nike Cross Regional at Grande Sports Complex in Casa Grande on Saturday, Nov 18th, where they and Alaina Kautz will attempt to earn a place at the national championships in Oregon in December.
Click here to see photos taken by Heather Wellington and a video produced by Jason Tamura.
Titan Invitational Meet in Review
Article and Photos from the 4th Annual Titan Invitational
Desert Twilight Invitational