The West Valley’s premier sprinters will face off for the first time Saturday during the Westside Invitational at Deer Valley High School. The meet starts at 9:30 a.m.
Deer Valley junior Trae Armstrong posted the state’s top times in the 100 and 200. Ironwood senior Isaiah Underwood’s top 100 time, 10.74, is within range of Armstong’s 10.66
The difference so far is big meet success. Armstrong continued his 2011 dominance by sweeping the sprints at the Greenway Invitational. Underwood finished second to Chandler Hamilton junior Reggie Daniels in the 100 at the Sun Angel Classic and second to Scottsdale Chaparral junior Davonte Neal.
Other Northwest Valley athletes shined at Sun Angel, including:
• Mountain Ridge senior Brian Thompson won the discus with a throw of 165 feet, 5 inches.
“He was really excited to win the meet at ASU,” said Mountain Ridge track and field coach Don Tate.
Thompson leaped from the middle of the pack to state title contender early this season. He announced his arrival with a throw of 171-6.5 in Buckeye in March and finished third at the Chandler Rotary meet.
His top throw this year is more than 20 feet past his best toss of 2010, and his shot put has improved as well. Tate credits Thompson’s gains to his diligent work since the summer and the work done with the throwers by Mountain Ridge alum Devin Jolley.
“He decided he wanted to be really good. Even in the fall, when he wasn’t practicing with football he would throw on his own. He also had a great winter in terms of training,” Tate said. “We have a new throws coach, Devin Jolley, that he’s really comfotable with. All of our throwers have improved since Devin started working with them.” Thompson’s teammate, junior Josh Reed, placed fifth in the pole vault.
• Centennial placed with a pair of sprinters. Freshman Oche Meyers took third in the 400 meters while sophomore Jalen Ortiz finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200. Senior Shannon Jones finished secon in the girls pole vault.
• Peoria junior Goch Ajak placed second in the 800 meters and third in the 1,600 meters. Senior teammate Davonte Shivers came in fourth in the 200. For the Panthers girls’ senior Lindsay Huth finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.
• Former Peoria sprint queen Serene Williams, now a freshman at Central Arizona, claimed the Sun Angel open/collegiate crown in the 100 meters.