MESA – There were hurdles, blocks and bars all over the track Saturday at Mesa Community College.
And not just the physical ones essential to any track and field event.
Athletes from all around the state put on a performance that required getting through mental hurdles, setting the bar higher with state new state records and some had to block out the pain in order to finish an event.
Those that do usually find themselves on the winner’s podium at the state meet.
Several area athletes were able to do just that and here are some of the accomplishments.
Division I boys
Mountain Pointe sophomore Paul Lucas came into the event holding the state’s best times in the 100, 200 and 400 with the hopes of pulling off the tri-fecta.
He just missed after winning the 100 (10.44, fifth fastest time in AZ history) and 400 (47.48) before settling for second (21.10) in the 200 to Brophy senior and Oregon recruit Devon Allen (20.98).
Lucas edged Allen in the 100, but wasn’t unable to match Allen’s final kick of the night.
“Beating Devon Allen ain’t easy,” Lucas said. “I stumbled out of the bIocks and in the state finals you have to be perfect. I feel like I had a great day, just couldn’t pull it off. I am happy with my season and I’m ready to keep working all year long.”
His senior teammate Kejavon Moore finished third (10.79) in the 100 and second in the 400 (48.30).
Desert Vista’s Dylan Fischer doubled his gold medal count as the senior won the shot put with a throw of 60-05 to go with the discus title he won on Wednesday.
The Thunder’s Scott Marshall was part of history as five individuals broke 16 feet in the pole vault for the first time in state history as he finished third after clearing 16-6, but was unable to match the 17-0 effort of Horizon champion Grant Sisserson.
“I was disappointed,” said Marshall, who came in as the top seed at 17-1. “I wanted to PR and win a state championship. I wasn’t connecting well and it was frustrating. It always helps to have competition to push you. I jumped pretty good, but I know I could have done better.”
Division I girls
The Thunder girls came on strong in the discus as junior Makenzie Holmes-Digiovine, the top seed, won it with a toss of 138-06 and senior Victoria Wadsworth was second at 134-11, which was 7 ½ feet further than her seeded throw.
Pride senior Kevina Godfrey went out in style by finishing second in the long jump with a personal best of 18-08.75 and placing in the 100 (fifth, 12.28) and 200 (sixth, 25.05)
Desert Vista freshman Shannon Fritz finished fifth in the high jump (5-02).
The Thunder won the 4x800 as sophomore Dani Jones picked up her third gold as the anchor and she added a silver after finishing second in the 3200.
Horizon Honors senior Samantha Weeman, who is attending Warner Pacific in the fall to continue her career, had a quad injury but gutted it out to win the 300 hurdles (47.60) and finish second in the 200.
“All these girls have motivation to beat me, but I wasn’t going to let it happen,” Weeman said. “It was awesome. It’s my final state meet and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from running.”
The Eagles’ Connor Pendleton, a junior, finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 23.26 and eight in the 100.
Local results (top 8 only)
Division I Boys
Paul Lucas MP 1st 10.44
Kejavon Moore DV 3rd 10.76
Lucas MP 2nd 21.10
Lucas MP 1st 47.48
Moore MP 2nd 48.30
Ryan Dykstra DV 6th 4:20.04
Jacob Walimma DV 7th 4:21.41
Dykstra MP 8th 9:29.42
MP 5th 3:21.51
DV 2nd 7:54.37
Scott Marshall DV 3rd 16-06
Travonn White MP 3rd 22-10.25
White MP 4th 45-06.75
Dylan Fischer DV 1st 60-05
Fischer DV 1st 181-08
Jordan Rezac DV 4th 169-05
Ryan Green MP 8th 147-07
1. Brophy 85; 2. Corona 70; 3. MP 55; 4. SDO 53; 5. DV 45
Kevin Godfrey MP 5th 12.28
Godfrey 6th 25.05
Dani Jones DV 1st 2:12.08
Jones DV 1st 4:51.17
Jones DV 2nd 10:48.23
Jenna Maack DV 7th 11:03.42
Autumn Smith MP 7th 15.83
MP 3rd 48.75
DV 1st 9:16.13
Shannon Fritz DV 5th 5-02
Vanessa Davis DV 1st 12-00
Alyia Simpson DV 3rd 11-09
Godfrey MP 2nd 18-08.75
Rees Young MP 7th 17-03.25
Sydney Bresnehan DV 6th 35-05
Damali Britton DV 8th 34-07.5
Mackenzie Holmes-Digiovine DV 7th 38-07.oo
Mackenzie Holmes-Digiovine DV 1st 138-06
Victoria Wadsworth DV 2nd 134-11
1. Chandler 139, 2. DV 84, 7. MP 25
Division IV boys
Connor Pendelton HHH 8th 11.68
Pendelton HH 5th 23.26
Samantha Weeman HH 2nd 27.15
Mikaela Martin HH 4th 5:31.92
Martin HH 3rd 11:45.16
Weeman HH 1st 47.60
Horizon Honors 3rd 53.02
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