Chandler Rotary Track Invitational
Who: Ninety-nine teams registered, including 85 from Arizona
When: Friday (open session), Saturday morning (seeded approx. 9 a.m.) and Saturday night (elite approx. 5 p.m.)
Where: Chandler High (350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler)
More information: Chandler Rotary website
Outlook: It’s the biggest meet of the regular season, as most of Arizona’s top track athletes converge for the 73rd Chandler Rotary Invitational. Yuma Cibola’s Bernie Montoya will be the featured attraction in the distance races on the boys side, while Xavier’s Sarah Fakler and Desert Vista’s Dani Jones are the cream of the crop in the girls distance races. Brophy star hurdler/sprinter Devon Allen is still dealing with a nagging ankle injury which is likely to keep him out of several events. That opens up the field for promising up-and-comers like Mountain Pointe’s Paul Lucas (100, 200), and Higley’s Tristan DaCosta (100, 200). Chandler’s Ky Westbrook is the reigning Tribune Girls Track Athlete of the Year and is the top Arizona sprinter. She will be challenged by Long Beach Poly (Calif.) boasts Arianna Washington, as both powerhouse programs will bring plenty of firepower to the meet. Sherrelle Jordan and Makaila Flannigan are Chandler teammates who will be neck-and-neck in the hurdle races. Hamilton’s Ashlee Moore looks to continue her dominance in the girls high jump, while Dylan Fischer (Desert Vista) and Dominic Nappe (Chandler) have a good competition going in the shot put. The pole vault could also provide some fireworks, with three boys (Horizon’s Grant Sisserson, Brophy’s Cole Walsh and Desert Vista’s Scott Marshall) all with their sights set on 17 feet. This is a great place for athletes to make a name for themselves, something Mesquite junior Trevon Myles (sprints) could do with a good performance. The meet is not scored, but it should help give an early indication of athletes to beat at the state championship meets in May.