Chandler girls win second-straight Nike National title
The Chandler girls did it again.
The Wolves, winners of six straight state championships in Arizona, won the Nike Track National title for the second year in a row on Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Chandler scored 8,096.71 points in the meet, which uses a decathlon-style scoring system. Long Beach Poly was second with 7,881.48 and Clovis (Calif.) West was third was 7,759.62. Loyola (Calif.) was the boys champion with 8,173.24, followed by defending Nike champion Vista Murrieta (Calif.) with 7,870.79. Brophy Prep finished 12th in the boys competition.
Just like last year, Chandler was much stronger than Long Beach Poly in the field events. In the four field events that Chandler and Long Beach Poly each had competitors, the Wolves scored 329 more points.
Jasmine Todd won the long jump, soaring 19-6 ¼ to score 975 points and setting a new Nike Track National meet record. It was 100 points better than Long Beach Poly’s Traci Hicks, who jumped 18-1.
Hannah Carson threw the discus 134-10, to finish second in that event, and scored 891.93 points, 146 points better than the Long Beach Poly performer. Carson was third in the high jump at 5-5 ¾, good for 890 points but 50 points behind Long Beach Poly’s Alexus Dalton, who tied for first at 5-7 ¾.
In the shot put, freshman Bianca Finn came through with a personal-best throw of 40-10 ¼ to finish third and score 878.41 points, 133 points better than the Long Beach Poly competitor.
Haley Bowser had the privilege of locking up the victory for the Wolves in the final event to finish, the pole vault. Poly did not have a pole vaulter in the competition, so Bowser knew she just needed 705 points to secure the victory. Bowser more than delivered, clearing 11-7, tied for the second-best height in the event, to score 918.87 points.
The biggest point-scorer for the Wolves on the track was freshman Ky Westbrook, who placed second in the 100 in a personal-best 11.73. Westbrook scored 991.30 points, but more importantly, finished ahead of Poly’s Ariana Washington, who was third at 12.05.
Sherrelle Jordan performed very well for the Wolves in the 100 hurdles, running a 14.13 to place second behind Long Beach Poly’s Melia Cox (13.71).
As expected, Poly’s Akawkaw Ndipagbor won the 400 in 54.40. Chandler’s Bacall Sterling ran a 59.63 to score 772.56 points.
Dezirae Elias ran a solid time of 2:20.82 in the 800 to score 808.64 points.
Brophy’s chances were all-but ended early, when Devon Allen was disqualified in the 110-meter high hurdles. Allen made up for that by winning the 100 in 10.75 seconds.