Athlete of the week: Michael Dunn - The Chandler senior was a triple winner Saturday in the Aztec Invitational at Tempe Corona del Sol. He won the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 8 inches, the triple jump (43-4.5) and the high jump (6-2).
Beyond the box score
Chandler coach Steve Carson knew he had a good athlete in Dunn, who placed fourth last year at the 5A-I state meet in the triple jump.
But what really surprised Carson was Dunn’s performance in the high jump.
Dunn won the high jump in his first meet, a dual with Dobson.
“He cleared 5-10,” Carson said. “He could have gone higher, but it was late, so we didn’t continue it.”
The 6-2 leap at Corona shows Carson that Dunn has a bigger upside than he previously thought.
“Before, I was thinking he would jump 6-2 and go to state,’’ Carson said. “Now I think he can go 6-6 or 6-8.”
Dunn has been overshadowed a bit by teammate Bryce Lamb, who won the triple jump at state last year as a junior and took second in the long jump. Lamb is out after an appendectomy, and he won’t jump until later in the season.
Phoenix Brophy senior Ray Polk, one of the top hurdlers in the country at 110 meters last season and the winner of both hurdles races at the 5A-I state championships, has decided to pass up track to focus on football conditioning.
Polk, a running back on the Brophy team that won the 5A-I state title, recently signed a letter of intent with Colorado.
His track coach said there were no hard feelings.
“He’s a great kid,’’ coach Bruce Kalkman said. “He just wanted to concentrate on the next step.”
Chandler’s Dion Jordan may be a beneficiary of Polk’s decision. Jordan finished second to Polk in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the state meet. Jordan, a senior who was badly burned in an accident last fall, resumed his competitive career last week in a dual meet.
He skipped the Aztec Invitational to take the SAT.
Host Corona finished second in the team standings Saturday in the Aztec Invitational, a pleasant surprise for Coach Dave Vibber.
“We showed we had more depth than I thought we did,’’ he said. “We did field events, the relays, the distance. We showed a lot of balance.”
The Corona team of Sam Hooke, Adam Schifter, Josh Walker and Matt Whitlatch won the 8 x 400 relay in 8:11.92, tops in the state so far.
The Phoenix Union High School District Relays are Saturday at Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen. The field includes Chandler and Phoenix Desert Vista, the 5A-I state champion.
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