A torn anterior cruciate ligament sidelined standout Jasmine Todd midway through Chandler’s track season.
Ky Westbrook showed on Saturday she’s more than ready to step in as the next Wolves superstar.
The sophomore phenom won two individual titles, anchored the winning 4x100 meter relay and finished second in the shot put as Chandler cruised to the Division I state title with 147 points at Mesa Community College.
Westbrook dominated the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.42 and 24.15 seconds, respectively, and also cruised down the straightaway in the relay without any competition. Her 100-meter dash was the third-fastest in state history and she still has two more years left of high school.
“When I heard the crowd go wild, I knew I had done something really good,” Westbrook said after the race.
The loss of Todd dropped Chandler’s total points potential, but the team championship was still never in doubt.
Makaila Flannigan won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles titles and finished second in the long jump, while a host of other Wolves did their part. Bacall Sterling finished second in the triple jump, Kylene Knutsen was second in the discus, Sherrelle Jordan was second to Flannigan in the 100 hurdles, and Dominique Jackson finished second in the 200 and 400. Chandler also won the 4x400 meter relay.
Highland finished in second place with 63 points, followed by Hamilton (52) and Xavier (49).
Xavier’s Sarah Fakler continued her distinguished career with a state championship in the 1,600 meter run after winning the 3,200 on Friday.
Rainfall on Wednesday cut short the preliminary races and caused a scheduling change for the Saturday events. The 1,600 took place in the afternoon heat, which Fakler said “was not so fun.”
Before the race, she sat inside a car and blasted the air conditioning to stay cool.
“It kind of affected my breathing,” Fakler said. “I’m not sure what it did to everyone else. Everyone was saying their feet were hurting. But you’re always going to have to suffer during the race. You just try to put it out of your head and keep going.”
Fakler edged out teammate Laura Orlie in the 1,600 by three tenths of a second, and the pair finished 1-2 in the 3,200 as well.
Although Fakler didn’t look back, she knew Orlie was right behind her throughout, and she thinks it helped both of their times.
“I enjoy running with her,” Fakler said. “Some girls get competitive, but I think we push each other. I know I do better when she’s behind me. She’s really good at pacing so it makes me stay on track.”
Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore won the long jump at a distance of 19 feet, 3 inches and the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches.
Mountain View’s Chloe Richardson captured the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 8.5 inches.
Highland freshman Lauren Ellsworth won the 800 meter race in a time of 2 minutes, 13.45 seconds.