The meet came down to the last event, the boys 1,600 meter relay, and Chandler outran Desert Vista in the event and earned just enough points to put the Wolves over the top in the overall team standings at the Wynn/Zucco Tempe Relays, which concluded Saturday at Sun Angel Stadium.
The Wolves combined to score 171 points (97 from the girls) to edge Desert Vista, which got 90.5 points from its boys team and 166.5 overall.
“Our girls saved us today,” said Chandler coach Steven Carson. “We had a disappointing day Thursday for our boys. We needed more veteran maturity. Luckily, the ladies provided it for us.
“I think it is a good preview of what state will be like with us (Chandler) and Desert Vista.”
Desert Vista’s close secondplace finish was a strong indication that the team is moving in the right direction.
“At this point I am more concerned with our kids’ progress than a meet win,” Desert Vista coach Ryan Stanley said. “Especially someone like (Allante) Battle, who has been competitive all year. He had a good day and we are looking forward to the state meet.”
Battle was coming off a victory in the long jump on Thursday and followed that up with a victory in the 100 meters on Saturday, winning in 10.97 seconds. He also ran on the third-place 1,600-meter relay team.
While Chandler and Desert Vista experienced team success, some individual winners were impressive as well at Sun Angel Stadium.
Westwood’s Cylend Simmons, Highland’s Tyler Arnold and McClintock’s Jasmine Chaney each won multiple events. Arnold ran to victory in the 200 (21.93) and posted the best time in the state so far this season in the 400 (48.08).
Simmons and Chaney swept their respective hurdle events. Simmons won the boys 110 meter high hurdles in 14.40 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 37.60, the best time in the state so far.
Chaney’s winning time in her 100 meter hurdle race was identical to Simmons’ 14.40, and she won the 300 hurdles in 44.79.