Sherrelle Jordan and Ky Westbrook finished with the same impressive result on Saturday.
Their reactions to the news couldn’t have been much different.
The Chandler track stars both set meet records to highlight action at the Chandler Rotary Invitational track meet at Chandler High.
As Jordan crossed the finish line of the 100-meter high hurdles, her eyes darted toward the digital results and she yelled ‘Let’s go!’ as a time of 13.76 seconds was displayed. It was the third-fastest time in state history, and Jordan celebrated by hugging multiple well-wishers after the race while crying tears of joy.
“I was just so happy,” Jordan said. “It’s a feeling of relief and joy when you physically see all your hard walk and dedication pay off.”
Westbrook, meanwhile, set the fastest times in the country this year in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes but was nonchalant about her performances.
She cruised past a stacked field in 11.47 seconds in the 100-meter dash, beating the national mark of 11.57 seconds set by Krystal Sparling of St. Thomas (Fla.) Aquinas. The time is also the third-fastest in state history, but Westbrook was unaware that she had even set the meet record.
“I got a record? Oh, that’s totally cool,” Westbrook said. “I always do good at this meet so I was really excited. I was super nervous at the start, and honestly, I thought I was going to get stuck in the blocks. That’s how nervous I was. But when I got out and got my first couple steps I knew, OK, I’m in my rhythm.”
The 100-meter dash state record is 11.31 seconds, set by Jessica Onyepunuka in 2003.
Westbrook’s 200-meter dash time of 23.64 seconds surpassed the national best of 23.54 seconds by Florida resident Kaylin Whitney. Westbrook is zeroing in on the state record of 23.60 seconds, which Onyepunuka ran in 2004.
Jordan is chasing the 100-meter hurdle state record of 13.60 seconds, set by Jacqueline Johnson in 2003.
“I was still hitting hurdles,” Jordan said. “If I have a good, clean race start to finish — no hurdle hitting — then I know that’s it possible (to break the record).”
Brophy star sprinter/hurdler Devon Allen did the 100- and 400-meter relays as he works his way back from an ankle injury he suffered at the end of football season.
He won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles last year and finished second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Allen could be the favorite in all four events if he is healthy by the state meet.
He wanted to participate in individual races at the Rotary but was held out as a precaution.
“It’s all right, but it’s just kind of frustrating to see all the races I could have been running in,” he said.
Mountain Pointe sophomore Paul Lucas won the boys 100-meter dash in 10.66 seconds and the long jump at 22 feet, seven inches. Mesquite's Trevon Myles nipped him by a hundredth of a second to win the 200. Other East Valley boys winners were Desert Vista's Scott Marshall (pole vault), Desert Vista's Dylan Fischer (shot put and discus) and Cactus Shadows' Ethan Homan (800).
Other East Valley girls winners were Hamilton's Ashlee Moore (high jump, long jump), Marcos de Niza's Savannah Whitehead (pole vault), Tempe's Kayla Melgar (discus), Highland's Kristi Rush (1,600), Chandler's Imani Adams (400), Xavier's Sarah Fakler (two-mile) and Xavier's Shelby Brown (mile).