2016 Arizona Division-I State Champs !!!


Nov 5, 2016: DVCC Thunder runners celebrate an eighth (and third consecutive) Arizona D1 Cross Country State Championship for Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ). Pictured are Reece Donihi, Nick Thatcher, Habtamu Cheney, co-captain Chris D'Angelo, Travis Kearney, D'Angelo Piasecki, and Aksel Laudon. (image courtesy of Mark Schmisseur)

Current Season

Summer 2017 Training Resources

Summer Training for the upcoming 2017 Season will soon be starting; all Thunder Runners (new and returning) should review the following materials:

Be smart; train safely; stay hydrated.

State Meet Recap

On Saturday Nov 5th, 2016, the Desert Vista Boys Cross Country squad grabbed its 8th State Title and three-peated as Arizona State D1 Champions. Habtamu Cheney led the way in 4th (16:15).  He was followed by Reece Donihi in 11th (16:14), Chris D'Angelo in 14th (16:21), Nick Thatcher in 16th (16:30), and Aksel Laudon in 20th (16:33). DVCC posted a score of 57 points, winning by a margin of 13 points. Read more...


Regional Meet Recap

On Friday October 28th, 2016 DVCC leveraged its incredible depth to cruise to a 1st-place finish at the Division 1 Regional Meet, led by medalist Reece Donihi.  DVCC easily qualified for the Arizona State Championship Meet on November 5th. Read more...


Tempe City Meet Recap

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 the Thunder rolled through the hills of Kiwanis Park and completed its second consecutive sweep of the Tempe City Meet Championships. Sammy Van Alstine won the Freshmen race, Bryce Schmisseur won the Open Race, and Habs Cheney won the Varsity Race. Read more...


Titan Invitational Recap

In its final tune-up for the season's home stretch, DVCC visited the 3rd-annual Titan Invitational held at Crossroads Park in Gilbert on Friday, October 14, 2016. The Freshman squad charged to a win, led by medalist Sammy Van Alstine, while the JV squad grabbed second, led by Jack Willems in third, and the Varsity brought home a 4th-place finish, led by Reece Donihi in fourth. Read more...


Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival Recap

On Friday night Sep 30th, 2016, DVCC took a short trip to Casa Grande to race against some of the top teams from across the West Region in the 10th Annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival. DVCC took second in the Freshman race, led by medalist Sammy Van Alstine, and won the Open race, led by medalist Nick Thatcher. The Varsity placed third in the top-billed Sole Sports Sweepstakes race, led by Habtamu Cheney in 15th. Read more...


Doug Conley Invitational Recap

DVCC once again demonstrated its incredible depth as it placed third in the Invitational Race and second in the Open Race at the Doug Conley Invitational held at Shalimar Country Club in Tempe on Saturday, September 24th. Read more...


Woodbridge Cross Country Classic Recap

DVCC made its annual out-of-state trip to Southern California on Saturday, September 17th to compete in the 36th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, a huge meet that draws top teams from all over Southern California and the West Region.  The Thunder squad turned in its best performance ever and posted a 4th-place finish in the top-billed Sweepstakes Race. Read more...


King of the Mountain Invitational Recap

DVCC made the short trek to Mesa, AZ on Saturday morning Sept 17th, to compete in the King of the Mountain Invitational. The Thunder delivered solid performances, placing second in the Freshmen race and winning both the Open and Varsity races. Read more...

Desert Solstice Cross Country Festival Recap

The Thunder once again had an impressive showing as they took the short trip down I-10 on the evening of Friday, September 9th to compete in the Desert Solstice Cross Country Invitational held at Crooked Tree Golf Course in Tucson. Read more...


Cool Breeze Invitational Recap

On Saturday evening Sept 3rd, DVCC travelled to the Cool Breeze Evening Invitational in Pasadena, CA for an early-season test against squads from all over Southern California. The DVCC Varsity placed 2nd in the top-billed Seeded Boys Race, the JV squad placed 2nd in the Open Race, the Sophomores won their race, and the Freshmen placed 2nd in their race. Read more...


2016 DVCC Captains

Each year, Thunder Runners elect team captains to lead them through the season. Congratulations to the DVCC Captains for 2016:

2016 Sons of Thunder

Thunder Runners who complete our Summer Program and surpass the Sons of Thunder criteria are enshrined in this elite brotherhood. Congratulations to the Sons of Thunder class for 2016:

Thunderstruck !!

DVCC often leaves its fellow competitors thunderstruck. We've been collecting some awesome interpretations of our favorite AC/DC song. Read more...


Last Season

State Meet Recap

On Saturday Nov 7th, 2015, the Desert Vista Boys Cross Country team destroyed the field, grabbed its 7th State Title, and repeated as Arizona State D1 Champions with the 2nd-fastest cumulative time in State Meet history. DJ Harris is the 2015 Arizona D1 Boys State Champion, winning the race in 15:50. He was followed by Xavier Esparza in 5th (16:08), Habtamu Cheney in 8th (16:15), Chris D'Angelo in 15th (16:26), and Reece Donihi in 16th (16:30). DVCC posted a score of 43 points, winning by a margin of 81 points. Read more...