Teams from all across the US, including Virginia and Hawaii, 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 by 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, and just nine seconds shy of her own 5k school record. On the boys side, 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 highest ranking they have had at this stage of a season since 2012. The boys team finished 13th this year among the 32 sweepstakes teams, and are currently the top ranked Division 2 team in AZ with the very talented Gila Ridge, Flagstaff, and Deer Valley teams all in strong contention to finish the season in the top spot.
Five young men and three young ladies found their way closer to the top of the CV 5k All-Time Fastest list, as seen below. The outstanding sophomore duo of Kenny Edwards (16:02) and Zac Whaley (16:15) have earned 3rd and 7th place rankings on the list of CV's fastest ever, and are also currently the 7th and 12th fastest sophomores in Arizona. Captain Christian Tamura backed-up his 15:46 3.0-mile performance from Woodbridge with an equally impressive 16:26 to finish 4th for the coyotes on Friday night and climb within CV's top-10. Relatively new to cross country, Senior Avree Anderson's 17:03 5k is the result of a lot of hard work invested over just 18 months of training and racing. Olivia Callaghan, a sophomore, has continued to show that her full potential has not yet been fully realized. Each week she discovers more and more ability, and her 21:25 is the proof. Kaitlyn Bowe (21:08) and Ellie Brooks (22:06) landed among the CV Top-20 and are currently ranked among the top-100 freshmen girls in the state. Also among Arizona's top-100 freshmen is Wyatt Hanson (17:34) at #23.
The Campo Coyotes race next at the Titan Invitational at Crossroads Park in Gilbert on Friday, October 13th, where the boys team will attempt to defend their title as last season's champions. Come out and support all of these amazing cross country athletes!