Recap of busy weekend in track & field
East Valley track and field teams were spread all over the Valley during the past weekend, with the Tempe City Meet and the Toro Invitational on Friday and the Valley Christian Invitational and the Queen Creek Invitational on Saturday.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the best performances this weekend:
The host Toros won both team titles, with the women scoring 185.75 points to easily outdistance Xavier (94.75) and the men’s team winning with 165 points, followed by Brophy with 100.
In the 4X800 meter relay, Highland’s boys and girls squads each won with times that will put them in the top five in the season charts. The Hawks’ boys won in 8:07.83 and the girls in 9:43.52.
Boys 110-meter high hurdles: Red Mountain junior Connor Wince ran a personal best of 14.51 seconds to win, edging Brophy sophomore Devon Allen, who made his season debut in the high hurdles and ran a stellar time of 14.55. Those times would rank third and fifth, respectively, in the state.
In the girls 100-meter hurdles, Red Mountain’s Alexis Schroeder won in 15.07, the fifth-best time in the state so far this season.
In the boys 100 meters, Devon Allen lowered his personal best to a 10.83, beating Mesquite’s Anthony Lopez, who also ran a personal best (10.94). Both times are in the top-10 in the state so far this season.
In the girls 1,600, freshman Shelby Brown became the fourth Gators runner to go under 5:15 this season, as she won in 5:14.24, ahead of Mountain View’s Brianna Decker (5:18.82) and Basha’s Courtney Goodrich (5:19.37), who each ran below the automatic state qualifying standard.
In the boys 4×100-meter relay, Mountain View won in a time of 42.33, moving them up to third in the current charts. Mesquite was second in 42.82.
Boys 300-intermediate hurdles: Mesquite’s Ryan Stoltzman ran a blistering time of 38.18 to jump into the No. 2 spot on the season charts, while Mountain View’s Michael Kiene (39.30) was second.
In the girls 3,200, five runners went under the Division I automatic qualifying time of 11:40, led by Highland’s Kristy Rush, who won in 11:19.92. Xavier’s Katie Penney was second in 11:23.61, followed by Mountain View’s Billie Dytrt (11:26.04), Xavier’s Julianne Vice (11:27.25) and Mesquite’s Rachel Johnston (11:34.36). Vice is the seventh Xavier runner to meet the automatic qualifying standard this season, but only four gators will get to run at the state meet.
In the girls triple jump, Mesquite’s Victoria Puefua posted the third-best jump in the state this year at 37-feet.
In the boys discus, Red Mountain’s Devin Gordon had a personal best of 160-5 to move into fifth on the season charts, and Highland’s Josh Hamberlin threw a 155-9, the 9th best toss this year. Gordon also won the shot put with a toss of 55-1, good for third in the state so far this season.
Tempe City Meet
Desert Vista swept all of the team titles, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, boys and girls, and none were even really close. The closest team race was the varsity boys, which the Thunder won with 195 points, 58 ahead of runner-up Corona del Sol.
Some of the more noteworthy performances were turned in ty Desert Vista’s Prasanna Polite, who won the girls 100 (12.65) and 200 (25.46).
Desert Vista’s Yasmine Yacut won the 800 (2:16.89) and the 1,600 (5:19.11).
Desert Vista’s Nick Tererri won the boys 1,600 in a personal best of 4:26.25. He edged McClintock’s Eduardo Roa, who also had a personal best of 4:26.42.
Desert Vista’s Carter Macey had his best time of the season on his way to winning the boys 3,200, clocking a 9:44.53.
In the girls 300-meter hurdles, Corona del Sol’s Megan Benson and Desert Vista’s Julia Kline finished 1-2, the same order they finished in the 100-meter hurdles. Both had their best times of the season in the 300 hudles, with Benson running a 46.24 and Kline a 46.53.
In the boys 110-meter high hurdles, Corona del Sol’s Nick Seifker won with a personal best of 15.09.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Desert Vista’s Matt Smith ran a personal best of 38.92 to move into the top three in the current Div. I rankings. Corona del Sol freshman Tevin Mayfield was second in a time of 39.75.
The top relay performance came in the girls 4×400, where Desert Vista posted the best time in the state this season at 3:57.71.
Desert Vista’s Kadie McNamara swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a throw of 35-6 and the discus with a throw of 126-0.
Desert Vista’s Aidan Foster vaulted to the top of the Division I charts with his winning clearance of 15-1.
Mountain Pointe’s Travonn White posted the second-best long jump mark of the season, leaping 22-11 to win.
Queen Creek Invitational
The biggest meet of the weekend, included 24 teams. Chandler was the team champion in both the boys and girls competition. The Wolves girls scored 169.5 points, with Salpointe Catholic taking second with 77 points. Chandler’s boys scored 135 points with Cibola second with 66 and Westwood third with 65 and Queen Creek fourth with 64.
The biggest point-getting event for Chandler was the long jump, where the Wolves went 1-2-3. Makailla Flannigan won with a jump of 18-0 ½. She was followed closely by Hannah Carson (17-8 ½) and Salimah Muhammad (17-0). All three jumps were well past the automatic qualifying standard. The Wolves now have five jumpers over 17-0 on the season.
Carson went on to also win the shot put (45-5), with teammate Bianca Finn second at 39-1. Finn was the discus winner with a throw of 109-4.
The Chandler girls finished 1-2 in the 200, with Alexis Roberts (25.08) and Tope Williams (25.30), and the 400, with Bacall Sterling (59.36) and Dominique Jackson (1:00.38). Chandler’s Jasmine Todd also ran the 400, and in the prelims posted a time of 59.53, but she did not run the finals.
Sterling later won the triple jump with a jump of 37-2, which moves her up to No. 3 on the Division I charts behind teammates Todd and Alexis Clay.
Notre Dame posted the best time of the season in Division II in the 4X800-meter relay, winning with a time of 9:52.82. The team was made up of Kristina Vanderhout, Julia Vanderhout, Katherine Divall and Marcela Cartledge.
Perhaps the best race of the day came in the boys 400-meter finals, as Arcadia’s Dylan Hambright and Notre Dame’s Brian Canavan were separated by just.01. Hambright won in 48.31 with Canavan at 48.32. Those are the top two times in the state this season.
Westwood’s Cameron Taylor went under 14 seconds for the second time this season in the 110-meter high hurdles, winning in 13.99. Chandler’s Devin Centers was second in a personal best 14.41, followed by Queen Creek’s Vernon Jamison (14.51) and Chandler’s Paul Perkins (14.54).
Taylor also made his season debut in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 39.18 in the prelims. He did not run in the finals, which were won by Chandler’s Perkins in 38.80.
Westwood posted its best time of the season in two relay events, winning the 4×100 in 42.91 and the 4×800 in 8:23.18.
Chandler’s Michael Okonkwo had his best jump ever in the high jump, winning with a leap of 6-8. His teammate, Eddie Wilcox, also posted a personal best of 6-6.
Chandler’s Jemal Vargas had a stellar day in the jumps, winning the long jump at 22-2 ½ and the triple jump in a state-leading 46-3.
Desert Ridge’s Alex Barrett won the shot put with a throw of 53-4, a season-best for him, and Chaparral’s Zach Wierick posted the fifth-best mark of the season in the discus with a winning throw of 159-7.
Valley Christian Invitational
There were 17 teams that took part in Saturday’s meet at Valley Christian, with Higley winning both the girls and boys team titles. The Knights girls won with 116 points, with Sedona Red Rock second with 80 and Saguaro third with 78.5. The Higley boys won with 108 points, followed by Tempe Prep (78), Saguaro (75) and Valley Christian (73).
Higley dominated in the sprint events, with the girls finishing 1-2-4 in the 100 and the boys 1-2 in the 100 and 200.
In the girls 100, Higley senior Kenesha Coleman posted the second-best time in Div. III this year, winning in 12.65. Freshman Darreyl Woodson was second at 12.84, Tempe Prep’s Claire Horvath third at 12.98 and Higley’s Talaina Shamsiddeen fourth in 13.05.
Coleman also won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.44 (edging Valley Christian’s Sydney Tassielli) and joined Shamsiddeen, Kaylie Fisher and Simone Ellsworth on the Knights’ 4×100 relay team that won in 50.00, the best time in Div. III this season and the eighth-best overall.
Woodson won the 200 in 26.23, edging Saguaro’s Katie Drake (26.44). Those two swapped places in the 400, with Drake winning in 60.31 and Woodson second in 61.67.
Chandler Prep’s Sarah Strong won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.52, just ahead of Tassielli, who ran a 48.86. Those times are the top two times in Div. IV this season.
Tempe Prep’s Claire Horvath won the long jump with a mark of 16-5 ¼, the No. 2 mark in Div. IV this season.
Higley’s Thomas Moronta won the boys 100 in blistering 10.78, which would put him No. 3 on the state charts. Michael Strnad was second at 11.02. Moronta and Strnad went 1-2 in the 200, as well, with Moronta winning in 22.32 and Strnad clocking a 22.73.
Moronta and Strnad, along with Zach Speltz and Tristan DaCosta, won the 4×100 relay in 42.71, the eighth-best time in the state this year and No. 2 in Div. III.
In the boys 1,600, Valley Christian’s Alec Chavez won in 4:42.65, the No. 2 time this season in Div. IV.
Horizon Honors runners went 1-2 in the 3,200, with Brad Fullman winning in 10:31.67 and teammate Dylan Edmundson second in 10:34.17.
Saguaro’s Curtis Carney moved up to No. 5 on the Div. II charts in the 300-meter hurdles, winning in 39.73. Higley’s Tristan DaCosta was second in 41.25, which is sixth on the Div. III rankings.
Saguaro had a season-best run in the 4×400 and also won the 4×800 relay. The Sabercats won the 4×400 in 3:30.27 and the 4×800 in 8:33.32.
Seton Catholic’s Kevin McDonald won both the shot put and discus for the Sentinels, throwing 140-8 to win the discus and 48-4 in the shot put.
Tempe Prep’s Pau Tonneson posted the top long jump mark in Div. IV this season, winning in 21-4 ½. Teammate Max Weise was second at 20-3 ¾. Tonneson also won the triple jump in 43-7 ½.