Athlete of the week: Daniel Fanelli, Chandler Valley Christian senior, pole-vaulted 15 feet, 3 inches Saturday at the North Canyon Invitational, tops in the state this season.
Beyond the box score: Fanelli's vault was 3 inches better than the winning vault at last year's North Canyon Invitational by Cody Dysick of Phoenix Brophy.
No one bettered that mark until Brandon Bear of Mesa Mountain View went 15-6 at the Tribune Invitational in late April.
Bear went 14-0 at the Aztec Invitational on March 1, finishing second behind Seth Compton of Tempe Marcos de Niza at 14-6.
More North Canyon: Scottsdale Horizon won the boys competition on Saturday, compiling 59.5 points to edge Phoenix Shadow Mountain (57) and Queen Creek (55). For the second time this young season, the Huskies' Joe Riccio was a double winner, taking the shot put and the discus. But he was not able to top his season best of 56-7 in the shot and 155-6 in the discus that he turned in at the Paradise Valley Relays.
Phoenix Union High School District Relays: Chandler and Mesa Westwood finished 1-2 in the boys standings at the event, which featured several East Valley teams and others from outside the district.
Notable marks: Marcus Lafine of Paradise Valley cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump at the Phoenix district meet, which ties for fourth best in the state this season. Three others have gone 6-6. ... Queen Creek's Sherod Hardt ran the 1600 in 4 minutes, 25 seconds at North Canyon, best in the state. ... Westwood ran a 3:27.77 1,600 relay at the Phoenix district meet, second best in the state. It's the second time the Warriors have finished ahead of Chandler. The first time the Wolves were missing Dion Jordan. They had Jordan back last weekend, but they dropped the baton and lost several seconds fumbling for it. Chandler finished third in 3:31.26.
Rivalry eclipsed: Phoenix Desert Vista co-coach Ryan Stanley went to high school in Kansas, where there is one state track meet for all classes. Arizona has one for each classification, except in 4A and 5A, where the Arizona Athletic Association has split for Division I and II. Too bad in one way, as fans lost out on the rivalry between Desert Vista's Allante Battle and Tolleson's Anthony Tarkington. They were the two best sprinters in the state last year. They each won their share of 5A 100 title - Battle in 5A-I and Tarkington in 5A-II. They ran the exact same time, 10.64 seconds.
"I think they would really push each other," Stanley said.
Week ahead: It's kind of a slow weekend for invitational meets in the Valley. The Rincon Relays at Tucson Rincon are this weekend with a field that includes Scottsdale Saguaro.