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Sun Angel Classic Finals Meet Recap Irving Garibaldi Apr 12, 2017

The Sun Angel Classic Finals for the High School races were held on Saturday afternoon with top tier performances from Arizona athletes along with the opportunity to see Premier races from some of the best in the World.

Q&A Interview: Brooklyn Christofis Anna Rodriguez Nov 2, 2016

Brooklyn Christofis ran an impressive 17:38 5k at Desert Twilight XC Festival in October. She is currently ranked as the 6th fastest freshman in the country. Watch the Desert Vista girls as they attempt to make another run for NXN. 

Southwest Region in Review: September 1 - 3 Alan Versaw Sep 5, 2016

While we've been waiting to see the real Mountain Vista team, Monarch gave some proof they will be heard from this season. Here, Charlie Perry forms the middle of a 2-3-4 finish for Monarch at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.

Pre-Season Q&A With Desert Vista Coach Jeff Messer Johanna Gretschel Aug 19, 2015

Messer, who has a PhD in exercise physiology and teaches the subject at Mesa Community College, enters his third season with the Thunder after coaching crosstown rival Xavier Prep for six years. Desert Vista finished fifth at NXN last year and have won two consecutive cross country state titles. They are ranked No. 8 on the National Pre-Season Team Rankings.

Busting the Rust Feb 9, 2015

Two indoor meets and the USA Cross Country Championships. Read how the local athletes performed.

Thoughts on NXN, NXR-SW Dec 6, 2014

Almost indistinguishable in color from the Manlius team lined up next to them, Lucy Biles, Allie Schadler, and Katie Rainsberger anticipate the start of the race. Photo by Kyle Brazeil.

The Road To Nike Nationals Margot Kelly Dec 2, 2014

The Desert Vista girls cross country team will be the 3rd team from Arizona to ever venture north to participate in the Nike Cross Nationals which is no easy task as many will tell you that the Southwest Region is one of the toughest in the country.

Fabulous Freshman Watch List - Haley Wolf Margot Kelly Nov 19, 2014

The Watch List continues until the Nike Southwest Regionals to cover the top freshmen from the Arizona State Meet.  Up next Haley Wolf from Desert Vista who finished 6th in the division 1 State Meet; 3rd for Desert Vista and 11th overall.   

Southwest region rankings, October 29 Oct 29, 2014

With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.

Great Oak put the sweep in sweepstakes at Woodbridge Classic Brandon Miles Sep 21, 2014

A lot of hype going into the Woodbridge Classic with many nationally ranked teams and individuals as well as the gauge of where the top teams and individuals stand currently in the pecking order in the great state of California. The US #2 ranked Great Oak girls and US #9 ranked Great Oak boys both lived up to their billing at least by sweeping the top seeded sweepstakes races on Saturday night in Orange County.

Desert Vista Workout Wednesday (WOW) Sep 10, 2014

Desert Vista High School coach Jeff Messer, takes us through a summer workout before the start of the cross country season. Desert Vista, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has one of the top girls' programs in the country and was ranked 8th in MileSplit's preseason national rankings.

10 Girls Teams To Watch Brandon Miles Aug 18, 2014

The following 10 high school cross country girls teams have been chosen as part of our pre-season watch list for the upcoming season as the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the very top tier of returning squads to watch for this fall in the biggest national meets of the season (in alphabetical order). 

Dani Jones (AZ): Summer Training Blog Brandon Miles Aug 4, 2014

Follow along with the summer training blog of Arizona state champion Dani Jones from Desert Vista High School in Phoenix as she prepares for her upcoming senior year of cross country season after an 11th grade year that included a 4:43 PR performance in the adidas Dream Mile and 15th place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals. 

A first look at NXR-SW boys Alan Versaw Jul 28, 2014

Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.

A first look at NXR-SW girls Alan Versaw Jul 19, 2014

Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.

Track & Field Powerhouse Program Rankings - Girls Distance Brandon Miles May 29, 2014

Who are the powerhouse programs and track & field factories of the United States? Which team produces the best milers, quarter milers, half milers, two milers, sprinters, and hurdlers? Well MileSplit has those answers for you as our database can do a lot of things including show the deepest high school teams in each running event by taking the top 5 fastest on each team and averaging out for the fastest team averages to rank the squads nationally in order.

DV’s Hicks up for AIA award Apr 22, 2014

Desert Vista senior Nicole Hicks has been selected as a finalist for the AIA Female Scholar Athlete Award in the state of Arizona for 4A/5A Division schools, and will be recognized at the AIA Champions Awards Luncheon at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on May 19. (via Ahwatukee Foothills News)

AZ 2013 Watch List - Amanda (Mandy) Davis Margot Kelly Nov 1, 2013

  The 2013 Cross Country Arizona Watch List series continues.   As the season gets underway new athletes will be added to the list.   This is the last Watch List I have.  If you have sent me your watch list and it has not yet posted, I probably did not get it.  Please resend.  I am also waiting for about 10 athletes to get their Q and A's in.  Please send before the season if over!!!

Southwest Top 10 Team Rankings Oct 30, 2013

  Southwest Rankings as of October 30th Desert Vista Girls remain at #4, Xavier College Prep moves up one spot to tie with Eldorado NM.    Corona del Sol boys move up to 4th place and Desert Vista stays at 10th place.  Page moves on to the bubble and Tuba City is added to the bubb

Desert Vista's Jones makes an impression as a cross-country runner Oct 22, 2013

  By Tyler Killian azcentral sports Mon Oct 21 If there’s ever a time to announce yourself as a contender in Arizona cross country, it’s at the Desert Twilight Invitational, a multistate event held roughly a month before the state championship meet.  (via

Southwest Ranksings Top 10 Margot Kelly Oct 17, 2013

Southwest Rankings as of October 15th The Desert Vista girls move up 2 places to 4th and Corona del Sol boys move up to 5th.  Page and Desert Vista boys added to the list in 9th and 10th respectively!

Desert Vista Girls and Corona Boys Win at the Desert Twilight Invitational Margot Kelly Oct 6, 2013

Six years ago the Desert Twilight Invitational started with 5 races and 886 runners.  With the Twilight Movie theme and a love for running at night the meet became an instant hit and the word spread quickly.  The sixth annual Desert Twilight Invitational had over 4,000 runners crossing the finish line with teams from Coast to Coast attending.  The cool night air and the fast course of Toka Sticks gave way to some outstanding times and competition.

Twilight Invitational - Ready - Set - Glow! Margot Kelly Oct 4, 2013

The festive atmosphere of the Desert Twilight Invitational has become a meet favorite of most runners in Arizona.  Not only do they get to dance after their races but they also get to sleep in on Saturday morning instead of getting up early to beat the heat for a long run.

Doug Conley Margot Kelly Sep 27, 2013

The Doug Conley Invitational is at it's largest participation since moving to the Rolling Hills Golf course.  This year the meet is wedged between the Ojo Rojo/Four Corners/Woodbridge Invitationals (all last weekend) and the Twilight Invitational (next Friday) where many of the top teams in the state were racing.

Desert Vista Girls Finish 4th At Woodbridge Invitatational Margot Kelly Sep 24, 2013

Every year the Desert Vista boys and girls teams travel to different venues in California with the boys heading to Woodbridge and the girls to Mt. Sac.  This year the girls joined the boys in California giving up the massive hills at Mt. Sac for the flat fast course at the Woodbridge Invitational.  

Southwest Rankings, September 17 Sep 17, 2013

It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.

Southwest Region Rankings Sep 4, 2013

Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.

Southwest Region Preseason Rankings Aug 20, 2013

You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.

NXR-SW Rankings: October 16 Oct 16, 2012

  With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:  

NXR-SW Rankings: September 19 Sep 19, 2012

Herriman's (UT) times may have been a little off this week, but there would be a reason for that. Here, Lucy Biles leads a very thinned out crowd of leaders up a long hill in the girls race. Photo contributed by Jonathan Haag.

NXR-SW Rankings: September 6 Sep 7, 2012

Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.

Top 2012 U.S. XC Performances, Boys, 8/27-9/3 Lyle Knudson Sep 4, 2012

  Included are MileSplit’s selection of the top 2012 U.S. boys’ individual and team cross country performances August 27 through September 3.  Photo - Southlake Carroll HS (TX), preseason ranked #2, started the season impressively.

NXR-SW Preseason Rankings Alan Versaw Aug 22, 2012

Much to nobody's surprise, Erin Hooker and her Fort Collins teammates occupy the #1 preseason ranking in the NXR-SW region. Colorado Track XC file photo.

NXN-SW Rankings, November 3 Nov 4, 2011

Three of the top four girls finishers from last year's NXN-SW championship race are back, and they're each bringing top-tier teams with them to back them up. Photo by Alan Versaw.

NXN-SW Rankings, October 6 Oct 6, 2011

Last year, Luis Martinez finished 55th at NXN-SW. Don't look for a repeat of that finish this fall as he leads the Cleveland HS (NM) team into regional contention. Colorado Track XC file photo.

NXN-SW Rankings, September 21 Sep 21, 2011

Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.

NXN-SW, The Week in Review Alan Versaw Sep 14, 2011

Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.

Coach Todd's 400 Preview Mar 1, 2011

 Alexis Roberts (So., Chandler, pictured above) and Dylan Hambright (Sr. Arcadia) are the top returners in the 400 meter dash.  Photo by Margot Kelly

Coach Todd's 110/110 Hurdle Preview Feb 28, 2011

 Alexis Clay (Sr., Chandler) and Cameron Taylor (Sr., Westwood) are the top returners in the 100/110 meter hurdles.  (Photos by Margot Kelly)

NXN-SW: Raising the Ante Alan Versaw Oct 3, 2010

Rio Rancho's Caleb Rubalcaba had the weekend off, but has been running the competition ragged in New Mexico this fall. Photo contributed by Sal Gonzales.

Arizona State Meet - Girls Preview Margot Kelly Nov 6, 2009

 Three time Foot Locker National Finalist Jessica Tonn (Sr., Xavier College Prep pictured in middle) is the favorite for the 5A I individual title.   Rolonda Jumbo (So, Chinle pictured right) is the favorite in the 3A division) Sarah Fakler (Fr., Xavier College Prep pictured left) is the fastest freshman in the state and should help the Xavier Team.  

Bryce Lamb -New Arizona State Record - US#1 May 14, 2009

   It is sometimes difficult to watch everything that happens at a track meet but the roar from the crowd Wednesday evening at the Arizona State Meet made it apparent no one was not missing a thing as Chandlersenior Bryce Lamb approached the triple jump.   (photo: Bryce Lamp in his final jump at the Arizona State Meet Wednesday evening)

The VOICE of Arizona Running! Margot Kelly May 13, 2009

 College football fans listen for Brent Musberger,  Chicago Cub fans loved Harry Caray, and Al Michaels is synonymous with making the Super Bowl really super.  In the sports world, the fans often look for the “Voice”  that will bring their event to life…..providing the commentary, knowledge, and passion that the athletes, coaches, and spectators know makes that game, match or race so much more than ordinary.    In Arizona, we too have the “Voice”.  You know when you approach the stadium and can hear Ron Smith (pictured above at Regionals) on the microphone calling the race, you are in for another insightful and energetic evening of Arizona Track and Field.  The track athletes and fans know that with Ron announcing the meet, the event will now include the season’s latest marks on the competitors, stats and stories from great races of the past, and an enthusiasm that encourages the crowd to stand up and get involved when they are about to witness something special.  He’s never afraid to ad lib or add a little extra.  The “Voice” doesn’t just announce the meet, he makes the meet better.

Weekend Highlights For April 25th Apr 30, 2009

It was the last big weekend to qualify for state and many athletes were taking a shot at it but the wind was just not cooperating.  Some were even competing in two different meets the same weekend. Photo:  Davonte Neal (Fr., Cesar Chavez) at the Freshman Showcase

Arcadia Recap - Arizona Top Performers Apr 17, 2009

    Last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational,  Arizona runners were turning in some top performances.   Photo: from left, Tim Freriks, Steve Magnuson and Sherod Hardt.

Weekend Highlights For March 7th Mar 14, 2009

 Desert Vista Juniors Shaylah Simpson and Matt Yalung on the podium after winning their events.  Simpson place first in the pole vault with a vault of 12-3.  Yalung won high jump with a jump of 6-4.

Arizona State Meet - Boys Preview Nov 6, 2008

1A - 2A   Junior Ronald Laban from Hopi is the clear favorite for the 1A - 2A State Meet.  Some of his season highlights include a 1st place finish at Ojo Rojo, a 4th place at Jack Boehle and a 4th place in the Division 5 Boys Sweepstakes Race at the Mt. Sac Invitational in California.  Laban may have competition from his own teammates, Kevin Tsinniginnie (Jr) and Brennon Sidney (Jr) and from Cody Rosengarten (Jr, Tombstone)  and Sean Newport (Sr, Valley Christian).    Sidney and Tsinniginnie placed 9th and 11th at Mt. Sac helping the Hopi team to a 2nd place finish; Newport won the 1A-2A Metro West Regional Meet and Rosengarten won the Benson Invitational and placed 3rd in both the Los Mesquites Invite and the Ojo Rojo Invitational.  

Top Performances Of The Week - Sept 27 Oct 2, 2008

Boys:   Tim Freriks from Mingus Union high school not only won the Jim Danner Invitational in  Oregon he smashed the course record by 9 seconds.   Jorge Martinez  (pictured right #1), a sophomore from Alhambra, and Humberto Gonzales (picuture right #36) from Cesar Chavez battled to the finish, through most of the Doug Conley Invitational with Martinez winning in 15:38 over Gonzales (15:41.14)   Tuba City's Ryan Yazzie sprinted to a third place finish with a time of 15:41.28.   Alberto Tellez from Camelback won the very hilly Los Mesquites Invitational in 16:39.      

Tonn Wins Second Doug Conley Championship Sep 30, 2008

TEMPE, AZ - The prestigious Doug Conley Invitational is viewed by many to be the best competition in the state.  Unlike the State Meet, which has one winner per class, the Conley Invite has only one Individual male and female champion.  Named after Douglas Lee Conley, a well known coach at Tempe High School who coached several men's teams to US rankings including the 1973 boys US#2 team, the meet concentrates on the varsity team philosopy with the top 20 teams in the state, regardless of class, competing for the team title.    Jessica Tonn crossing the finish line at the Doug Conley Invitational at Kiwanis Park    

Mesa Mt. View, Desert Vista and Xavier Win at Scottsdale Running Company Invite Sep 14, 2008

 The Scottsdale Running Company Cross Country Meet kicked off at 7 AM with boys and girls running together in the JV/Open Race at the Silverado Golf Course in Scottsdale.  The JV/Open race was followed by two co-ed varsity races.  The first varsity race, the Black Race, featured the #5 though #8 runners from each team while the #1 though #4 runners raced in the Gold Race.  The team scores were based on the times from the top six runners from each team.     (Mesa Mt. View pictured above)

Orlie, Hacker Win 1st Annual Sole Sports CC Freshman Meet Sep 6, 2008

 PHOENIX,AZ  The freshman runners were treated like royalty at the 1st annual Sole Sports Freshman Cross Country meet held this morning at the small park near Desert Vista High School.  Laura Orlie (pictured left) sprints to the finish!

Desert Vista Wins Nike Web Nationals Jul 8, 2008

Once again Desert Vista High School was named the Nike Web National Champions scoring 8430 points, 323 points more than second place Los Gatos High School in California and 113 points more that they scored last year.   Click on header for more information!

Arizona Athletes At USA Track and Field Championships Jun 30, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some of the top athletes in Arizona headed to the Jesse Owens Stadium on the Ohio State Campus in Columbus Ohio for the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships. The three day event serves as a selection meet for the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships to be held July 8 – 13 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The top two finishers in most of the events qualify for the World Team. An athlete competing in events like the 3000 also need to hit a qualifying time in order to make the team regardless of where they place. Click on header for full article! Click here to see photos

The Great Southwest Highlights Jun 9, 2008

Hannah Carson (left) from Dobson Photo by Alan Versaw (Colorado Milesplit) Athletes from all over the West headed to the University of New Mexico over the weekend to compete in The Great Southwest Invitational. The elevation was over 5,000 feet and the winds were swirling around making it difficult to post some great times. Four Arizona athletes hit gold as they ran......jumped........and threw!   Click here for complete article.... More articles.... Photo Gallery.....

Highlights: Meet of Champions Jun 5, 2008

It was blistering hot at the May 24th Meet of was in the 70's and the weather was perfect. It's hard to believe it was May in Arizona and hot chocolate was selling faster than ice cream. Spectators were wearing jackets or wrapped in blankets and the runners were enjoying another unusually cool day at the track. The Meet of Champions is a race where the State Champions and top runners from each division come together and race for one title. Some State Champions finish their season at the State Meet but others come to compete. To see videos of the Meet of Champions (click here) To see the complete article click on the title.

The Awards Stand: The Best of This Past Weekend's Performances Scott Bush May 12, 2008

Wow! That's all that can really be said to sum up this past weekend's performances across the nation. With great weather, peak performances and deep fields, some of the results simply impressed. With nearly ten seperate state meets to cover, and numerous other top-tier invitationals, we've decided to merge it all into one big article, a new feature we're going to call The Awards Stand. Each week for the rest of the season we'll recap what the top performances were in each event grouping. See who made it this week. (Photo of Texas' Kyle Clemons by Alex Aldaco)

Girls Arizona State Preview May 8, 2008

With the boys scattered across 7 division in most events the girls are a little different. Three Footlocker Cross Country finalist will be competing in the 5A-I division for the state title in the 1600 and 3200m races. The 1600 is scheduled for Saturday evening and top seeded sophomore Jessica Tonn (Xavier Prep,4:52.44) will be racing Nadya (Mountain Ridge, 5:05.17) and Nastia (Mountain Ridge, 5:06.04) Bishton along with teammate, Sarah Penney (junior, Xavier Prep, 4:54.74). All four runners plus freshman, Kristina Vanderhout, will face each other in the 3200 event tomorrow evening. Lindsay Prescottfrom Sandra Day O'Connor will be hoping to add a few more state titles (4A Division I) to an already impressive resume.

Weekend Highlights - City and District Meets Apr 30, 2008

Weekend Highlights Chandler City Meet   Last week was the week of City and District meets though out the state and even though the top athletes were separated by districts there were still some very impressive times and great head to head match-ups. In the Chandler district meet Quiana Jackson (Chandler) won the 400m race in a blistering time of 56.53 which moved her into the number one spot in Arizona. Her teammate Larissa Matthews won the 100 hurdles in 14.20 and the 300 hurdles in 46.52.

Freshman Showcase Highlights Apr 24, 2008

Saturday the top Freshmen Track and Field Athletes met at Desert Vista to show what they could accomplish without their older teammates. It was their time to shine and shine they did. The well run meet had a running clock on the football stadium marquee. The clock stopped when the first place runner crossed the finish line and Ron Smith, the announcer, continued to read off the times for every other runner as they finished the race. The clock and the announcer kept the packed stadium involved in the meet as the crowd was asked to cheer on the runners as they tried to break freshman records.    

Two Arizona Records Fall At Arcadia Apr 16, 2008

As the sun went down and the lights came on at the Arcadia Invitational in California, two Arizona runners toed the line for the men's 800 Invitational. Two weeks ago at the Chandler Rotary James Eichberger (Catalina Magnet) and John Kline (Desert Vista) gave the stadium crowd a race to remember.