Desert Vista Girls Cross Country

DVCC Girls take 2nd at 2022 Arizona Division-I State Meet!


Nov 12, 2022: DVCC Thunder celebrate a 2nd-place finish at the 2022 Arizona D1 Cross Country State Championship Meet

Current Season

State Meet Recap

On Saturday Nov 12th 2022, the Desert Vista Girls Cross Country team scored 65 points to take second place at the 2022 Arizona State D1 Cross Country Championship for the second year in a row. Junior Co-Captain Brooklyn Hanania led DVCC with a 5th-place finish overall, crossing the line in 19:12. She was followed by senior Co-Captain Bailee Christofis in 8th (19:25) and senior Emily Littlefield in 11th (19:41). A pair of freshman completed the scoring in a virtual tie: Izzy Villarreal in 20th (20:18.3) and Ava Withem in 21st (20:18.4). Also competing were sophomore Dana Pivin in 23rd (20:22) and senior Anna Lowman in 35th (20:55). Read more...

Regional Meet Recap

On Wednesday November 2nd, the DVCC girls returned to Crossroads Park in Gilbert for the Division-1/Southeast Sectional Meet and posted a first-place finish, with all scoring runners finishing in the top-10. The Thunder were led by junior Brooklyn Hanania in 5th (20:48), followed by freshman Izzy Villarreal in 6th (20:58), seniors Emily Littlefield in 8th (21:11) and Savannah Kveton in 9th (21:13), and freshman Ava Withem in 10th (21:14). Also competing were senior Bailee Christofis in 21st (22:27) and sophomore Vanessa Acedo in 33rd (23:14). With this result, DVCC qualified for the Arizona State Championship Meet on November 12th.

Juan Reyes Invitational Recap

On Saturday morning October 10th, the Desert Vista Girls travelled to nearby Ceasar Chavez Park to compete in the Juan Reyes Invitational. The girls completed a sweep of all three team races. Senior Emily Littlefield won the Varsity Race with a time of 18:57, sophomore Aspen Busby won the Junior Varsity Race in 21:17.3, finishing just 0.6 seconds ahead of fellow-soph Vanessa Acedo. Lydia Leeman posted a 24:10 and took second to lead the Freshman squad. Read more...

Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival Recap

The DVCC Thunder Girls raced in the 16th-annual Desert Twilight Festival in East Mesa, on the evening of September 30th. The Varsity placed sixth overall in the top-billed Sweepstakes race, led by Bailee Christofis in 40th (19:11). The Junior Varsity posted a 5th-place finish in the Large School Open race, with Vanessa Acedo leading the way in 11th place (21:38). DVCC took sixth in the Large School Freshman race, led by Avery Thomas in 38th place (27:16).

Western Equinox Cross Country Festival Recap

The DVCC Girls made the trip to Freestone Park in Gilbert, AZ on Saturday morning September 24th to compete in the Western Equinox Cross Country Festival. The Thunder took 6th place in the Varsity Race, led by sophomore Aspen Busby, whose time of 21:09 was good for 33rd place overall. In the JV/Open Race, DVCC grabbed another 6th-place finish, led by junior Desiree Perez in 28th place (23:47). In the Freshman Race, Lydia Leeman finished 14th overall (23:33) to lead the squad to a 4th-place finish. Read more...

Woodbridge Cross Country Classic Recap

DVCC traveled to Southern California on Friday evening, September 16th for the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, a huge meet that draws the Best of the West. The Thunder Varsity turned in a 20th-place finish in the top-billed Sweepstakes Race, led by Emily Littlefield in 89th-place overall (17:42), followed by Bailee Christofis in 96th (17:45), Brooklyn Hanania in 104th (17:54), Izzy Villarreal in 137th (18:26), and Ava Withem in 154th (18:44). In the Freshmen race, DVCC took 14th place, led by Lydia Leeman in 68th (22:38). DVCC won the Sophomore race, led by Dana Pivin who placed second overall (18:58). Read more...

Fountain Hills Invitational Recap

The Desert Vista Girls made a quick trip to Fountain Hills Park on Saturday morning, September 10th for the Fountain Hills Invitational. The Thunder placed 11th in the Varsity Race, led by sophomore Dana Pivin in 18th place (20:42). In the 3200 meter Junior Varsity Race, sophomore Brooklyn Renda placed fourth overall with a time of 13:50 and led the DVCC JV squad to a 6th-place finish. Read more...

Chandler Invitational Recap

On Saturday morning Sept 3rd, the DVCC Girls kicked off their 2022 season at the 27th Annual Chandler Invitational. In the series of class-based races, the DVCC Seniors were led to a second-place finish by Bailee Christofis, who placed 6th overall with a time of 19:35. DVCC took eighth place in the Juniors race, led by Brooklyn Hanania who placed 2nd overall (19:42). The Thunder grabbed third place in the Sophomore Race, led by Vanessa Acedo in 15th (17:05). Izzy Villarreal finished 3rd with a time of 19:54 to lead the DVCC Girls to a third-place finish in the Freshmen Race.

Last Season

State Meet Recap

On Saturday Nov 13th 2021, the Desert Vista Girls Cross Country team scored 45 points to take second place at the 2021 Arizona State D1 Cross Country Championship. Junior Lauren Ping three-peated as the State Champion, winning the race in 17:39. She was followed by senior Katie Sigerud in 4th (19:19), and juniors Emily Littlefield in 5th (19:26), Bailee Christofis in 6th (19:32), and Bella Klein in 29th (20:46). Also competing were junior Anna Lowman in 39th (21:12) and freshman Aspen Busby in 48th (21:32). Read more...