CV CROSS COUNTRY and Track & Field News


Boys and Girls Teams Both Finish Runner-Up at Gilbert City Meet
Wednesday, Oct 23rd, the six teams of the Gilbert Public Schools district met for the annual City Meet at Freestone Park. The meet is run by class and each team's top runner from that class adds their place to the team score. The Campo boys and girls teams each took runner-up behind the very tough Highland teams. Boys' scorers were Mitchell Jones (1st Freshman), Ryan McGrath (5th Sophomore), Mason Lundin (8th Junior), and Kenny Edwards (3rd Senior) for a team score of 17. Girls' team scorers were Evie Tanella (4th Freshman), Haley McKern (6th Sophomore), Kaitlyn Bowe (4th Junior), and Olivia Callaghan (6th Senior) for a team score of 20. Great meet to cap off a great the 2019 regular season! From here, the team will compete at the D2 Section 4 Championships on Friday Nov 8th at Crossroads Park, then the D2 State Championships on Saturday, Nov 16th at Cave Creek Golf Course.

Click here for complete official results 
Click here for photos from the meet taken by Jamie Tanella

Season Opener Friday, Sept 6th!

Friday evening the boys and girls cross country teams will travel to Tucson to run the Desert Solstice Invitational at Crooked Tree Golf Course. The meet is run in the cool of the evening under a lighted golf course. The boys team has enjoyed success at this meet the past few years, and are looking to showcase some new talent on the course this year. Senior Kenny Edwards finished 10th at this meet last year, and will be looking to improve upon that placement in this, his final race at Crooked Tree. The varsity boys team will also be running seniors Mac Jones and Zac Whaley along with juniors Anthony Cox, Nate McMullen. The varsity boys team will see debut performances from sophomore Ryan McGrath and freshmen Mitchell Jones and Wil Hanson. Seventeen boys, of whom eleven are freshmen, will run their first HS race on Friday.

The Campo girls team is poised to have their best finish ever at Solstice this year. Last year's squad was led by now-junior Kaitlyn Bowe who has recently overcome a strained soleus, and looks ready to race well. She will be joined in the varsity meet by underclassmen teammates Sara Eltiste, Evie Tanella, and Mia Foley, all of whom raced in the Canyon Athletics Association in junior high. Juniors Bradyn Riggs, Ellie Brooks, and Tori Mask will race alongside sophomore Haley McKern. Three of these four were on the state-qualifying 3200m relay team last spring. The girls team finished 11th last year, and will most certainly break into the top-10 this season with this group toeing the line Friday night.

Good luck to all of our Coyotes racing their season opener on Friday night!


Individual Athlete Webpages!
Visit our Team page to find links to each team member's webpage! There, you will find a photo, a bio, a link to the athlete's page, and their email address. Check it out!

Team BBQ Saturday, August 24th at 6:00pm
Thank you booster club & everyone who pitched-in to make the team BBQ a fun evening together!

Stubbs 4th at adidas Boost Boston Games DREAM MILE
A loaded field of some the top HS milers in the US took to the streets of Boston, in the first ever off-track road mile for the adidas Dream Mile. The race ran through downtown Boston and finished on the famed Boylston Street, where an elevated 200m track had been constructed at the Boston Marathon finish line. Rylan held great position throughout the race, and gave his all to the line after coming up the ramp to the finish. An incredible race to cap-off an incredible HS career. Congratulations, Rylan Stubbs!

Two new State trophies will be added to the growing collection in the gym!
Last week, the girls Track & Field team finished their run at the State Championships with Runner-Up honors! The following girls' team athletes earned medals: Lia Hendricks, Kiana Kai, Ellie Brooks, Sara Eltiste, Gracie Norburg, Naomi Greene, Eliza Littlewood, and Lauren Rosen. The following athletes broke school records: Kiana Kai, 300m Hurdles 42.39 and 200m Dash 25.55, Hendricks, Brooks, Eltiste, & Kai, 4 x 400 relay 3:58.80, and Naomi Greene Triple Jump 37' 2".
The boys team Repeated as State Champions! The following boys' team athletes earned medals: Jacob Samford, Wil Peralta, Rylan Stubbs, Luke Nicolds, Kenny Edwards, Garrett Anderson, and Isaac Burnett. The following athletes broke school records: Jacob Samford, 200m dash 21.72, Rylan Stubbs, 800m run 1:53.81, Wil Peralta, 110m Hurdles 14.76, Cash, Samford, Langford, & Peralta 4 x 100 Relay 43.43, Stubbs, Nicolds, Anderson, & Edwards 4 x 800 Relay 7:52.41. Isaac Burnett Shot Put 54' 7.25" and Discus 158' 3"   Incredible Week for the Campo Track & Field Program! Congratulations CV Track Athletes!

State Championships Day 1

It was a huge first day of competition at the State Championship for the Campo Track and Field programs. Triple jumpers Naomi Greene and Eliza Littlewood started off the day with 3rd & 4th place finishes, Naomi breaking the school record in the process. Isaac Burnett broke his school record in the shot put throwing 54‘7“ earning him state Runner-Up honors. Nearly every CV athlete competing in a prelim, whether individually or on a relay, qualified for Saturday’s final. Rylan Stubbs won his fifth state championship in the 2 mile with teammate Kenny Edwards also finishing on the podium. The boys 4 x 800 meter relay won the state title and broke the school record by five seconds. The team of Garrett Anderson, Kenny Edwards, Luke Nicolds, and Rylan Stubbs ran what is now the 13th fastest time in the nation.
Congratulations Campo Track, and Good luck at the Finals on Saturday!

Sun Angel Classic Recap
Thursday and Saturday, April 4th & 6th, CV track made its first appearance at ASU's 40th Annual Sun Angel Classic at Sun Angel Stadium. Of the 53 teams represented at the meet, the CV boys and girls teams each finished 3rd behind power house D1 programs Chandler & Desert Vista. 
It was a very strong showing, with four individual champions. Junior Kiana Kai won the 300m hurdles in school record time: 43.55. Teammate Lia Hendricks took silver for the 1-2 punch. Freshman Sara Eltiste won the 800m run in 2:18.18, narrowly breaking Alaina Kautz's school record.  On the boys side, the 200m dash final was won by Jax Samford, who topped a talented field of sprinters with a school record time of 22.00 seconds. Newcomer Luke Nicolds won the 800m final in a lean at the finish line to finish with a monster personal best of 1:56.01. 
Three other school records were broken. Lia Hendricks improved upon her school record in the 100m hurdles, running 14.68 seconds. Senior Isaac Burnett took 2nd in the shot put, throwing a record-breaking 53 feet, 7.5 inches. Eliza Littlewood, also a senior, triple-jumped 36 feet 7 inches to set the school record, and place 2nd. 
Other noteworthy performances include those by junior Kenny Edwards who finished 2nd in the 3200m run with a time of 9:41.11, the CV girls 4x100m Relay team took 2nd with a sub-49 second performance, and Wil Peralta took 3rd in the 110m hurdles with his first sub-15 second race. 
Senior Rylan Stubbs ran at the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and took 2nd in the Invitational Mile with a school record time of 4:11.72 for the 1609m distance.
The team competes next at Red Mountain HS on Tuesday April 9th and at the Pioneer Invitational at Pinnacle HS on Saturday, April 13th. Good Luck to all CV athletes! 

Sun Angel Classic in Review by AZCentral
CV track athletes and teams highlighted in article on!

A Big Weekend for Campo Track & Field
It was a big weekend for Campo Track & Field! Lots of big performances and personal records set at the Red Mountain Rampage Friday, and Chandler Rotary on Saturday! Seven school records were broken! Isaac Burnett broke the school records for both the shot put and discus throw, 52 ft 4 in, and 158 ft 1 in. Freshman Sara Eltiste broke the 400m record by running the one-lap race in 59.06 seconds. Jax Samford became the first Campo athlete to break 11 seconds in the 100m dash, running 10.94. Later Jax ran the 200m dash in record time: 22.31. Rylan Stubbs ran the mile, and set two school records in one race: the 1600m in 4:10.62, and the full mile (1609m) in 4:12.18.
Congratulations to all our amazing Track & Field athletes!

Both Boys and Girls Teams Victorious at Desert Tune-Up!
For the second consecutive year, both the boys and girls teams return from the Desert Tune-Up Invitational victorious. The girls' team won the meet with 146 points, ahead of the second-place team by 30 points.  The boys' team won by an even greater margin, 56 points ahead of the runner-up team. CV athletes brought home a total of 32 medals. Outstanding! Click here for full meet results. The team competes next at the Red Mountain Rampage on Friday, March 22nd, and Chandler Rotary on Saturday, March 23rd!

First Week of Racing "In the Books!"
It was a great first week of competition for Campo Track and Field. Wednesday afternoon the boys and girls teams hosted Seton and Higley and demonstrated excellent character commitment and courage. Incredible effort and a lot of fun! 
Friday the teams traveled to Queen Creek in one of the state's largest invitationals and made a big statement. Senior Jax Samford broke two school records, proving to be the fastest athlete in school history with an 11.04 100m dash, and a 22.37 200m dash. Freshman Sara Eltiste broke the school record in the 400m in her first HS track race ever, running 59.86.  Isaac Burnett, Kaetlyn Blackburn, and Rylan Stubbs set state-qualifying marks in their events Friday night.
This week our athletes compete alongside Gilbert HS on Wednesday, and a select group will compete on Saturday morning at the Desert Tune-Up Invitational at Marana Mt View!

Milesplit's "Salute to Seniors" Gives Nod to Rylan Stubbs
Arizona Milesplit recently interviewed CV Distance Phenom Rylan Stubbs. Rylan discusses his most memorable racing experiences, his goals for the future, and pearls of wisdom he has picked up along the way.

Boys Place 3rd, Girls 8th at Cross Country State Championships!
In a hard-fought battle with Arizona D2's top teams, the CV Boys finished third at the 2018 State Championships. A few injuries made this season a challenging one, but every athlete's efforts made this journey special. Kenny Edwards finished 8th, and Wyatt Hanson 15th, earning each of them a spot on the podium and a State medal.
The girls team improved upon their 2017 placement at the State Championships by finishing 8th despite losing a teammate to illness. Sophomore Kaitlyn Bowe finished second-team all-state with a tremendous final race of the official season. Predicted to finish 25th, Kaitlyn took home the 14th medal. Kaitlyn later ran a 50-second personal best of 19:24 at NXR. All of the athletes strived to put their best foot forward this season, and enjoy the journey at each workout and race. The season was loaded with personal victories as athletes overcame many new challenges. It was definitely a season of growth for the CV Cross Country program!

Boys Earn 4th Consecutive Sectional Championship, Girls Runner-Up
The CV Boys Cross Country team won their 4th consecutive Sectional Championship on Wednesday morning and the CV Girls team were Sectional Runner-Up! Junior Kenny Edwards ran to a swift individual victory and earned the title of Sectional Champion! The CV Boys placed 4 athletes in the top 6 and was carried to victory by senior Lucas Padilla who rounded out the scoring 5 with a personal best time of 17:39 on the hilly 3.2-mile course! The girls team put 2 runners in the top-10. Kaitlyn Bowe 8th and freshman Sara Eltiste 10th. Pictures are posted here. The boys and girls teams move on to the State Championships next Saturday where they aim to earn the lowest combined team placements in school history.

Boys & Girls Teams Earn Runner-Up Honors at Gilbert District Meet
Wed, Oct 17th was the 20th running of the Gilbert "City Meet" at Freestone Park. The boys took second with 25 points earned by Xavier Fellin, Wyatt Hanson, Kenny Edwards, and Christian Tamura. The girls team also finished second with 31 points earned by individual champ Sara Eltiste, Kaitlyn Bowe, Olivia Callaghan, and Layne Farrow. Congrats CV athletes!

Boys 5th, Girls 10th at Titan Invitational
Sophomores Wyatt Hanson and Kaitlyn Bowe led the way for the Coyotes on Friday morning, finishing 12th and 16th in their respective races. The team concludes the regular season on Wednesday Oct 17th at Freestone Park. Click here for more info!

CV Cross Country Shines with Stellar Races at Twilight Invitational
Twenty-Three athletes set new personal bests for 5k at Friday night's Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande. Thousands of athletes from all over the Western US competed in one of the biggest meets in the country. The girls varsity team ran in the Championship race and finished 14th, the boys varsity team ran in the Sweepstakes race and finished 11th. Junior Kenny Edwards earned a medal for his 15th place finish, his first race under 16 minutes, in 15:35.

Girls 2nd, Boys 3rd at Doug Conley Invitational

Saturday, Sept 22nd, Arizona's top talent toed the line at Shalimar Golf Course in Tempe. 
In the Invitational Girls Race, the team of Sara Eltiste, Madison Dominguez, Ellie Brooks, Layne Farrow, Brady Riggs, Olivia Callaghan, and Kathryn Fowler finished with 2-5 separated by a slim spread of just 34 seconds, which played a big part in their runner-up team finish, even without Kaitlyn Bowe who ran a personal best of 20:14 in the Non-Varsity race earlier that morning. 

The CV Girls are currently "ranked" 3rd in Division 2. 
The Boys squad of Kenny Edwards, Wyatt Hanson, Christian Tamura, Zac Whaley, Mac Jones, Anthony Cox, and Wes Blair took 3rd in the Elite Boys Race at the end of the morning. Junior Kenny Edwards led the way for the Boys' team finishing 4th overall in a personal best time of 16:01. 

The CV Boys maintain their position at the top of the Division 2 "rankings" this week.

Time Trial Successes!
Tuesday morning August 14th, the team met for our annual time trial. The 1.5 mile loop was used to evaluate each athlete's starting point, set training paces for the next few weeks, and set individual goals for growth and race performances. 82% of athletes matched or improved their times from last year, with some athletes improving by more than one minute! (McMullenBoweRiggsCoons, & Tingey) Eight young men completed the course under 8:10 (5:25 pace) with returning state champ Rylan Stubbs matching his entry from last year. On the girls' side, nine young ladies ran under 11, with newcomer Sara Eltiste recording the second-fastest time in program history. Training will continue to ramp-up in intensity as we head into our first invitational meet on Saturday, Sept 1st at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.

The Official Cross Country Season is Now Underway!
Athletes wishing to participate with the team this season must have their athletic clearance completed through For the next few weeks, we are meeting Mondays & Thursdays from 2:45-4:30pm in room 203, Tuesdays & Fridays from 5:00-6:15am at the Gym Lobby, Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Freestone Park, and an optional Saturday morning run with team captains from 7:00-8:15-ish at Tumbleweed Park. For full calendar information, click here.

Stubbs Named AZ Cross Country Athlete of the Year
AZCentral Sports has selected CV runner Rylan Stubbs to receive this year's cross country athlete of the year award! Congratulations, Rylan!

AZCentral's praise for Rylan Stubbs: 
"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."

Summer Cross Country Training
As we have done for the past couple of summers, Coach Applebach will be hosting his summer training at Freestone Park.  The group meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 6:00am sharp with a raffle giveaways and concludes around 7:30am with chocolate milk! The cost of the summer training program is $150, and registered participants also receive a team t-shirt.  The first day of summer training is Monday, June 11th!  Check the calendar for additional team meet-ups and summer race opportunities.

High-Altitude Training Camp
We will be heading into the mountains again this summer for our High Altitude Training Camp Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday, July 26th.  Athletes will train and learn together in the cool pines of Prescott, AZ on this three day excursion! The cost of the camp is just $225, and athletes who sign-up and pay for both the summer training and the summer camp by June 11th, receive a $50 discount and pay just $325 for the full summer experience!
Click here to see photos from High Altitude Training Camp 2016!

The Campo Verde Boys Track & Field Team are the 2018 Div 2 State Champions! The coyotes won the title with a 24.5 point advantage over runner-up Queen Creek HS, more than doubling their point total from the 2017 state championship meet. 
Junior Rylan Stubbs raked in 28 points on his own by winning the 1600m (4:15) and 3200m (9:28) races, and finishing runner-up in the 800m in a new school-record time of 1:54.87. He also anchored the 4x800m relay with the fastest 800m time by an Arizonan in recent years (1:53.1). The team of freshman Kenny Edwards, Blake Chambal, Zack Prusse, and Rylan Stubbs took home the silver medal and a school record of 7:57.55. Upon completing his race, Chambal went from the track immediately to the field to score points for Campo in the javelin. 
Campo scored big points in the hurdle races this year as well, with a 6th place finish in the 110m hurdles from Shane Leeper who broke his own school record in 14.95 seconds. Both Leeper and hurdling newcomer Ryan Clegg scored points for the team in the 300m hurdles, where Clegg set the CV school record (39.21) and finished state runner-up.
Clegg also helped the 4x400m relay team to a state runner-up finish and school record. He and teammates Riley Connolly, Isaac Sanchez, and Riley Langton ran a blisteringly fast 3:19.01 to add points to the team total. In addition to scoring points in the relay, Connolly finished 4th in the 400m, running a near-school record of 49.26 seconds.
Other young men contributed to the team championship: junior Jake Treptow finished 5th in the triple jump (43' 9.0"), junior Isaac Burnett finished 8th in the discus (148' 8"), and senior Zack Prusse who finished 7th in the 800m (1:58.50).
The team title is the first for the CV Track & Field program, as the team finished runner-up in 2014.  The team trophy and photo will soon be on display in the gym lobby, and a banner will be hung in the gym.
The girls team had its highest finish at the state championships by far.  In 2017, the team finished 12th, and this year, the ladies finished in 4th place. Senior Alaina Kautz made the podium in all three of her individual events as she has for the past two consecutive years. This year she broke her school record in the 3200m by running the nearly two-mile race in 11:13.13. She will compete for the University of Arizona next fall. CV hurdlers Kiana Kai and Lia Hendricks earned 6 points in the 100m hurdles, finishing 5th and 7th, and 10 points in the 300m hurdles, finishing 3rd and 5th. Hendricks' 100m hurdles performance was a school record; 14.80 seconds.
The CV 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both reached the podium and set school records. The 4x100m relay team of Keegan Wallace, Ebani Acedo, Haylee McLeod, and Navie Jobe finished 4th with a time of 48.12 seconds. The girls 4x400m relay team of Shelby Walsh, Kiana Kai, Rylee Rottweiler, and Ellie Brooks finished third in a CV record time of 4:00.66.
Additionally, freshman Gracie Norburg finished 6th in the discus, and Eliza Littlewood and Naomi Greene took 5th and 8th in the triple jump, respectively.
The lady coyotes will be returning the majority of their state scoring athletes for the 2019 season.

2018 - 2019 Sports Physicals at Campo
Saturday, April 28th, CVHS will be hosting a sports physicals event. Doctors will be on site clearing athletes for participation for next school year.  The cost is only $25 (cash only), and serves as a fundraiser for the CVHS Sports Medicine Program.

New State Qualifiers & School Records

Both the boys and girls 4x800m Relay teams secured their places at the state championships today at the DVHS Last Chance Invitational.  The girls ran 10:17 and the boys team, a state-leading 8:02.19.  The girls relay will compete at the state championships on Wednesday May 2nd, and the boys on Saturday, May 5th.  Sophomore Zac Whaley ran a big PR in the 1600m: 4:33.03. This time will likely get him a spot on the starting line Wednesday at the state championships.  Blake Chambal improved his ranking in D2 in the javelin just prior to running on the state-leading 4x800m relay team.  His throw of 154 feet, 6 inches, ranks him among the top 10 in D2 and is beyond the automatic qualifying mark.

In addition to these state-qualifying performances, a couple of school records were broken.  Senior quarter-miler Shelby Walsh broke her own 400m school record, covering the distance in 1:00.89.  She later joined Kiana Kai, Rylee Rottweiler, and Ellie Brooks (the new 400m freshman record-holder; 1:02.75) to run the 4x400m relay. The girls broke their former record by nearly three seconds, in 4:07. This gives them one of the fastest times in D2 heading into the state championships on Wednesday.

Record-Setting Weekend
​April 9th, 2018
NINE school records were set this weekend at the Distance Classic and Greenway Invitationals. At the Distance Classic, the girls Distance Medley Relay team eeked out a new record by less than two seconds over the 4000m race, running 13:37.76. The 1200m leg was run by Kaitlyn Bowe, 400m by Rylee Rottweiler, 800m by Ellie Brooks, and the 1600m anchor leg run by Alaina Kautz. Saturday's Greenway Invitational saw seven CVHS school records fall. All four hurdles records were broken, with two of these records having stood for six years or more. Shane Leeper bettered his own 110m Hurdles record, running sub-15 for the first time, then later broke one of the oldest records in the CV books, the 300m hurdles. Leeper and teammate Ryan Clegg both broke the existing record, but Leeper's time of 40.29 seconds has him atop the record board.  On the girls' side, freshman Lia Hendricks continued her steady march onward in the 100m hurdles, running 15.25 with newcomer Kiana Kai close behind.  Kai broke the girls 300m hurdles record in 46.53, with Hendricks finishing less than two tenths of a second behind. The girls 4x100 relay team of Ebani Acedo, Keegan Wallace, Haylee McLeod, and Natteya Jamison bettered their school record to 49.76 seconds. A new 200m dash record was set by senior Riley Langton who blitzed a 22.41 second half-lap sprint.  Pole vault record-holder Lauren Rosen bettered her school record to 9-feet, 3-inches! Finally, the girls 4x400m record was lowered by nearly four seconds as Rylee Rottweiler, Alaina Kautz, Shelby Walsh, and Kiana Kai covered the 1600m distance in 4:12.18.  Congratulations to all of our record holders!

More School Records Topple
Mar 30th, 2018
In the past few weeks, a handful more school records have been broken by CV Track & Field athletes! Jacob Samford ran 11.06 in the 100m dash to break a long-standing sprint record.  Isaac Sanchez bettered his own long jump record by more than 6 inches, clearing 22 feet. The girls triple jump record was broken by CV new-comer Eliza Littlewood who jumped 34'-9". Shane Leeper and Lia Hendricks each bettered their hurdles records as well. So far, this track season has been one of the most impressive seasons in the history of the program. This weekend, the team competes at Vista Grande, the Scottsdale Distance Classic and the Greenway Invitational. Go Coyotes!

Riley Langton and Lia Hendricks Break Records at Desert Classic

March 5th, 2018

Meg McDowell's 2012 100m Hurdles school record was broken on Friday morning by freshman Lia Hendricks.  In her very first race as a HS track student-athlete, she bested McDowell's time of 16.19 seconds by running the event in just 15.72 seconds in her preliminary heat.  Later, in the finals, she ran 15.86 to finish 5th overall.

Riley Langton broke his own school record in the 400m by one full second. His time of 49.08 also won him the 400m gold medal, and currently ranks him second state-wide for the event. Riley also took 3rd in the 100m final with a near-school record time of 11.27 run during his preliminary heat.  The team takes on Mesquite at MHS on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman Kaitlyn Bowe finishes First in Phx Half-Marathon Age-Group
Feb 24th, 2018
Running an average pace of 7:34 per mile, 15-year-old freshman Kaitlyn Bowe finished the Phoenix Half-Marathon in one-hour, thirty-nine minutes, seventeen seconds (1:39:17).  This finishing time brought her across the finish line first among all athletes under the age of 16 (her age grouping). Congratulations Kaitlyn!

The 2018 Racing Schedule Kicks-Off March 2nd

Feb 22nd, 2018

The Saunders Montague Desert Classic Invitational will mark the beginning of the 2018 competitive season for the CV Track & Field Team. The Coyotes will send three individuals to the meet per track event, and four per field event.  The meet is hosted by Queen Creek HS and should provide a great competitive arena to test initial fitness and talent.  Good luck track and field athletes!

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

Teams from all across the US met in Casa Grande Friday night for the Nike Twilight Invitational. CV's student athletes ran a true electronically-timed 5k course for the first time in nearly a month and many athletes ran personal-record times. The atmosphere at "Twilight" is truly a special one, with a festival-type atmosphere, a fast golf course to race on, fireworks, a DJ, goodies from Gatorade, and more.
Stand-out male performances by Mac Jones (17:49; '20), Mason Lundin (21:38; '21), Jason Tolzman (23:36; '19), Jaedon Zuniga (23:37; '19) & Levi Reidhead (27:13; '21).
Stand-out female performances from Layne Farrow (20:53; '19), and Kaitlyn Bowe (21:08; '21).
In the girls sweepstakes race, senior Alaina Kautz ran to a 22nd place overall finish in 18:24; her fastest 5k since 2015. Her male counterpart, Rylan Stubbs, ran to a 20th place finish in the boys sweepstakes race breaking Lucky Schreiner's 2014 5k school record of 15:26 by just one second. The girls are now ranked 5th in Arizona Division 2. The boys team finished 13th this year among the 32 sweepstakes teams, and are currently the top ranked Division 2 team in AZ with very talented teams Gila Ridge, Flagstaff, and Deer Valley all in contention to finish the season in the top spot.

Athletes set Records at Woodbridge Classic
Saturday Sept 16th
41 athletes traveled to Southern California for the 37th annual Woodbridge Classic. The team shared meals, lots of laughs, and the fast, flat 3.0 mile course. Senior Alaina Kautz broke her own school record, running 17:17 (5:45 pace) and finished 43rd of thousands of athletes. The boys team finished 15th among the more than 300 teams that raced, and garnered a 23rd place national ranking. Four young men broke or tied Lucky Schreiner's previous school record of 15:25.4. and junior Rylan Stubbs set a new record by more than a minute (14:24).
Click here to see photos

Coyotes Run Strong at Desert Solstice Invitational
Saturday, Sept 9th
The CV Coyotes had their best showing to date at Friday's Desert Solstice Invitational in Tucson, with the varsity boys taking second to division 1 cross country dynasty Highland.  Campo junior Rylan Stubbs ran 16:00 on the new single-loop course at Crooked Tree to finish a close runner-up to Hamilton's David Nelson. CV sophomores Kenny Edwards and Zac Whaley finished 2nd and 3rd for the coyotes, with Zac Whaley winning the first varsity boys' race of the evening in commanding fashion in 17:09. Rounding out the top five were senior Zack Prusse (17:16) and sophomore Garrett Anderson (17:19).

On the girls' side, senior Alaina Kautz finished 11th overall in a field that included national-caliber  female athletes.  Alaina was backed by one of the strongest CV girls teams in recent years, with junior Layne Farrow finishing second for the lady-coyotes, and a string of freshmen girls close behind. Kaitlyn Bowe, Tori Mask, and Ellie Brooks all finished within a minute of one another, and sophomore Olivia Callaghan matched Mask's time of 22:57 exactly despite running in the later varsity race. 

The 49-athlete-strong team had noteworthy performances in the earlier races as well. Junior Ben Reidhead finished top-15 in his race, and fellow junior Jason Tolzman ran his personal record time of just over 25:00. Many freshmen new to the sport at the high school level and 5k distance had marked improvements in time, pacing, and tactics. Overall, it was a brilliant showing for the Campo team.

The Campo cross country team will host a home meet on Thursday evening at the CV Stadium during the JV Football game. Visiting teams will include Arcadia, Goldwater, Queen Creek, and Tempe high schools. Click here to view photos from the 4th Annual Desert Solstice Invitational

Girls Finish 5th, Boys Repeat as Champs at the 23rd Annual Chandler Invitational
This year's Chandler Invitational played out much like last year's meet with the CV boys finishing on top, and local D1 powerhouse teams like Mountain View and Perry showing very well and making for an exciting morning of competition. One big difference for the coyotes this year, was the outstanding performance from the girls team, to place 5th, in their best showing at this meet in school history. With low scores from the freshman, junior, and senior races, the girls team finished 5th overall behind Mt. View, defending state champs Chandler HS, Corona Del Sol, and Trivium Prep.

The boys topped the other 42 schools with 9 points from freshman Anthony Cox, 2 points from Kenny Edwards, a win (and therefore 1 point) from Rylan Stubbs, and 6 points from senior Zack Prusse. The sophomore boys repeated as class champs. Zac Whaley, Garrett Anderson, and Kenny Edwards posted just 13 points, the second lowest score of the day. The freshmen boys finished just 2 points away from taking the runner-up finish in their race, and tied for 3rd. Senior Zack Prusse ran the 6th fastest time of the day at 16:34 for 5k.

The girls team's 5th place finish was accomplished with low points from freshman Kaitlyn Bowe (8th), sophomore Ashley Wellington (53rd), junior Layne Farrow (15th), and senior Alaina Kautz (4th). The freshman girls' team placed 2nd in their race with low scores from Kaitlyn Bowe, Tori Mask, and Ellie Brooks whose placements scored 29 points for the team, just 5 points shy of Perry HS. Of the 356 female athletes on the course, Alaina Kautz ran the 10th fastest time of the day, at just over 20 minutes for the 5k distance. 
Click here to view lots of photos from the Chandler Invitational by Jason Tamura.

Coyotes Excel in Coolidge!
Our first meet of the season is in the books! Congratulations to all our new athletes who ran their first high school cross country meet! Completing the 5k course in some brutal weather conditions is a great accomplishment! Thank you to all our supportive parents who made the drive to Coolidge to watch our athletes race! Click here to see some photos!​

Cross Country Camps!
A handful of athletes on our team have attended cross country camps this summer! Zac Whaley, Kenny Edwards, and Ethan Hunt spent a week at BYU's XC camp, Alaina Kautz attended the AZ Running Camp at NAU, Rylan Stubbs went to the Nike Boulder Running Camp at University of Colorado, and Christian Tamura attended the Jim Ryun Camp at Colorado College!

Photo Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday morning, July 26th, teams competed in a PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT! The winning team racked up 19 points and won Otter Pops!
Click here to view some photos from the event!

Superhero Day!
Friday, July 21st was superhero day! Not only did athletes dress like superheroes, they trained like them too! Freshman Tori Mask was the winner of a $10 gift card to Cadence Running Company for her awesome Batman socks, cape and towel!​

White-Out Day!
Friday morning, June 23rd, we all wore our brightest whites for WHITEOUT Day! Gift cards were awarded to Christian Tamura, Anthony Cox, Ashley Wellington and Jacqueline Whaley for being best-dressed for the WHITE-OUT theme!

Alumni Schreiner & Boys Pay a Visit​​
2014 grad, CV 800m record-holder (1:54.89) and ASU athlete Brandon Boys along with 2015 grad CV 1600m (4:14), 3200m (9:08), & 5k (15:26) record holder and Columbia athlete Lucky Schreiner ran with the team on Wednesday. After the workout the collegiates answered a few questions for the team about running in high school and college. Thanks for running with us, guys!

Wasserbeck & Stubbs Shine at the Meet of Champions
Thursday night, May 11th, senior Andrew Wasserbeck and sophomore Rylan Stubbs competed at the Meet of Champions at Brophy HS. Andrew cleared 14 feet, extending his school record in the pole vault another 6 inches. Rylan ran the 3200m race to a 9:21.58 PR which now ranks him 19th in the Nation for sophomores. Congrats to both young men on outstanding seasons!

Boys' Team Results
Saturday evening saw the conclusion of the AIA Track & Field State Championships. Sophomore Rylan Stubbs picked up his third silver medal of the meet in the 1600m, with teammate Kyle Moore running a personal best of 4:33.3 and finishing 8th. The boys 4x400m relay team closed the night with an impressive 3rd place finish.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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 poits better than runner-up Cactus Shadows, defeating some of the most respected teams in Arizona. Congrats CVXC boys!

CV Makes Statement at Twilight Inv.
Sat, Oct 1st, 2016
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!

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 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. 
Freshmen Junie Zeller and Olivia Callaghan had noteworthy performances, each running more than one minute faster than their previous best times even after time conversions to the longer 5k distance.  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.