Athlete of the week
Daniel Fanelli: The Chandler Valley Christian senior pole vaulted 15 feet, 3 inches Saturday at the North Canyon Invitational, tops in the state this season.
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.
Beyond the box score
Scottsdale Horizon won the boys competition on Saturday compiling 59.5 points, edging 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 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 District Relays
They invited some East Valley teams and other from outside the district. Chandler and Mesa Westwood finished 1-2 in the boys standings.
Notable marks at the meet included: Marcus Lafine of Paradise Valley, who high jumped 6 feet, 4 inches at the PUHSD meet, tied for fourth best in the state this season. Three others have gone 6-6. … Queen Creek’s Sherrod Hardt ran the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 25 seconds at North Canyon, best in the state. … Westwood ran a 3:27.77 4x400 relay at PUHSD, 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 dropped the baton and lost several seconds fumbling for it. Chandler finished third in 3:31.26.
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 for 4A and 5A where the state now has two. Too bad in one way. 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. “I think they would really push each other,’’ Stanley said.
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.