The 2013 Arizona track and field championships started to resemble 2012 a little too closely for Devon Allen’s liking.
Almost any other athlete in the state would be ecstatic with two runner-up finishes and a pair of state titles, but the Brophy star is not your average runner.
The reigning Tribune Boys Track Athlete of the Year made a strong argument for a repeat honor with the way he finished on Saturday night at Mesa Community College. Allen edged Mountain Pointe sophomore Paul Lucas for the 200-meter dash title, a championship which eluded him last season.
He finished the night with three individual state titles, sweeping the hurdle events as well. Allen lost to Lucas in the 100-meter dash earlier in the day but finished his high school career on a high note. He lost to Glendale Deer Valley’s Trae Armstrong in the 100- and 200-meter dashes last season.
“I didn’t want to get second place again,” Allen said.
Allen finished the 110-meter hurdles in 13.59 seconds, easily outpacing the rest of the field. He was challenged to the wire by teammate Bobby Grant in the 300-meter hurdles, but finished in first with a time of 36.74 seconds.
He finished the 200 in 20.98 seconds, .12 seconds ahead of Lucas.
Allen’s strong performance lifted Brophy to the team championship with 85 total points. Corona del Sol finished in second place with 70 points, followed by Mountain Pointe with 55. Sandra Day O’Connor (53 points) and Desert Vista (45) rounded out the top-5.
Lucas finished the 100-meter dash in 10.44 seconds and also won the 400 in 47.48 seconds.
His 100 time is tied for 20th-fastest in the country this season. The state record is 10.33 seconds, set by Hamilton’s Ryan Milus and Dysart’s Cricket Marshall.
“I have two years, so 10.1, 10.2 (seconds in the 100)?” Lucas said. “I’m trying to be, by the end of it, the fastest athlete to ever come out of Arizona.”
Horizon’s Grant Sisson won a competitive pole vault competition by clearing 17 feet, outlasting Brophy’s Cole Walsh (16 feet, 9 inches).
Desert Vista’s Dylan Fischer won the shot put with a toss of 60 feet, five inches. Highland’s Logan Woolf finished in second place in the 800-meter run behind Yuma Cibola star Bernie Montoya.