Doug Conley Invitational

Slade Sumners of Corona del Sol runs during the Doug Conley Invitational cross country meet at Shalimar Golf Course on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Tempe, Arizona.

All-Tribune Boys Cross Country

First team

Name                  School      Yr.     Comment

Habtamu Cheney   Desert Vista Jr.      2-time All-Trib pick finished fourth at DI state

David Nelsen        Hamilton      Jr.      Finished eighth at DI state meet, 21 seconds off the lead

Slade Sumners  Corona del Sol Sr.      Aztecs always produce quality runners; underrated career

Reece Donihi         Desert Vista Jr.      Finished 9th in team race to push to DV to the top

Liam Kovatch    Corona del Sol  Sr.     Cut 20 seconds off last year’s state run, climbed 10 spots

Rylan Stubbs     Campo Verde    So.    Came in third in DII, time of 16:16

Runner of the Year: Habtamu Cheney, Desert Vista

Coach of the Year: Chris Hanson, Desert Vista—There may be no better coach in the state in preparing his team for the rugged, hilly state championship course at Cave Creek Golf Course. He did it this year with just one senior among this top seven.

Second team

Name                School          Yr. Comment

Carson Klepinger  Mountain View Jr. Toros’ top runner finished 15th at DI state meet

Anthony Haren     Perry              Jr. Time, finish better last year, but still strong season

Quinn Burdick Seton Catholic       Jr. Area’s top DIII finisher came in at 16:50

Chris D'Angelo     Desert Vista     Sr. Thunder’s senior leader will be missed next year

Nick Thatcher      Desert Vista     Jr. Great comeback story for Thunder program

Will Daschbach    Highland          Jr. The Hawks always manage to field top runners

Honorable mention

Zack Prusse, Campo Verde; Aksel Laudon, Desert Vista; Tristan Young, Gilbert Classical; Trevor Tam, Horizon Honors; Joe Meade, Mesquite; Braden Rasmussen, Mountain View; Grant Kennedy, Skyline.

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