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.