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Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:13 pm | Updated: 3:59 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

All-Tribune first team

Event(s)               Name                        Yr.        School                Comment

100               Thomas Moronta            Sr.         Higley                 Division III champ in 100 and 200, best in 100 of 10.69

200                  Devon Allen               Soph.       Brophy               2nd in Div. I meet, best time was 21.35

400               Brian Canavan                Sr.     Notre Dame         Was Div. II champ; clocked 47.97

800             Tommy Williams              Sr.          Brophy               Div. I state champion in 1:55.48

1,600, 3,200     Will Firth                     Sr.          Brophy               Ran to second-place finish in Div. I in both events

110 HH       Cameron Taylor              Sr.        Westwood           Fell just shy of state mark, but ran 13.81

300 IH         Cameron Taylor              Sr.       Westwood           Nearly set new state record with his 37.05 to win Div. I

Long Jump    Justin Thymes            Jr.         Hamilton             Popped state’s best jump (23-5) to win Div. I title

Triple Jump      Pau Tonneson         Sr.       Tempe Prep         Div. IV champion jumped 46-4 1/2

High Jump    Michael Okonkwo       Sr.         Chandler            Div. I champion at 6-8, peaked at right time

Pole vault      Garrett Starkey             Jr.           Basha              State’s best vaulter at 16-1 1/4

Shot Put          Talaiasi Tauel             Jr.          Mesa                  Threw 57-6 this season, second-best in the state

Discus          Riley Pendergast        Sr.       Desert Vista        Had top throw of 178-9

Athlete of the year: Cameron Taylor, Westwood

Coach of the year: Brophy coach Bill Kalkman sat down with his team before the state meet and calculated just what the Broncos would need to win and then they went out and did it, capturing the school’s first track championship.

All-Tribune Second team

Event(s)               Name                   Yr.            School                  Comment

100               Martwon Weaver        Sr.     Marcos de Niza         Came on strong late, was Div. II champion

200               Justin Thymes           Jr.           Hamilton               Was 4th in Div. I; Had best time of 21.67

400             Dylan Hambright         Sr.           Arcadia                  Had state’s second-fastest time of year, 48.00

800                David Graham           Sr.          Highland               Closed year with 1:54.05 time in Meet of Champions

1,600             R.J. Massey               Jr.        Mountain View        Ran personal best of 4:19.91 at Div. I meet

3,200              Carter Macey           Soph.     Desert Vista           Placed 5th in Div. I race in PR of 9:36.91

110 HH            Devon Allen           Soph.          Brophy                First-year hurdler ran lightning-fast 13.90

300 IH              Paul Perkins            Jr.             Chandler             Broke 38-second barrier twice; best time was 37.71

Long Jump     Dimitri Jones          Sr.               Higley                Huge jump of 23-4 1/2 to win Div. III title

Triple Jump   Jemal Vargas          Sr.            Chandler             No. 4 jump in Div. I this year of 46-3

High Jump     Edmond Baker       Sr.           Desert Vista         Cleared 6-10 early in season

Pole Vault       Greg Peterson       Sr.           Queen Creek      Div. II state champion made 15-0

Shot Put          Alex Barrett              Jr.           Desert Ridge      Had 4th-best throw in state this year (56-8)

Discus             Travis Colby           Jr.             Chandler           Top throws came in final meets of year, was 4th in Div. I

Memorable moments from the 2011 season

Three’s enough: Brophy Prep has a long history of athletic success, but one thing the school did not have heading into the 2011 season was a state track championship. The Broncos got that championship on the efforts of their three standouts, sprinter/hurdler Devon Allen and the distance duo of Will Firth and Tommy Williams. Between the three they won just one title (Williams in the 800), but scored a combined 67 points to lead the Broncos to the crown. Allen placed in four events (110 hurdles, 100, 200 and 400) while Firth and Williams finished second and third, respectively, in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

Big man on campus: At 6-foot-6, Tempe Prep’s Pau Tonneson is an imposing figure for the Knights and he loomed large as the Knights won the Division IV state title. Tonneson captured three gold medals (high jump, long jump and triple jump) and one silver (110 high hurdles) to amasses 38 points all by himself. Tempe Prep scored 79.5 to win.

Out of nowhere: Hamilton junior Justin Thymes burst on the Arizona track scene early this season at the Chandler Rotary Invitational, where he won the long jump, was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100. He then dropped out of sight with an injury before re-emerging at the state meet where he won the long jump in 23-5 and was fourth in the 200.

Close calls: Both the Chandler and Higley teams learned how valuable each point can be at the state meet. Chandler wound up second by four poitns to Brophy, but the Wolves performed well enough on the track to win. However, one lapse in judgement after the 4x400 relay cost the Wolves, as their second-place finish was wiped out when the team was disqualified for throwing the baton. Higley, meanwhile, was in a neck-and-neck battle for the Division III title with Florence and needed just one point in the 4X400 relay to claim at least a tie for the team title. However, the Knights finished ninth, one spot away from scoring that one point and the title went to the Gophers. 

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