Updated state track: Individual highlights from all divisions
May 12, 2015 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
The team champion news Saturday at the Division I, II, III and IV state track and field meets: Chandler's nine-year reign as Division I girls team champ is over. Mountain Pointe, led by hurdler-sprinter Autumn Smith, dethroned the Wolves in a three-team race with Desert Vista. Mountain Pointe finished with 108 points, Chandler 101 and Desert Vista 87.5.
The rest of the champs, some close and some not: South Mountain girls win D-II by a one point over Youngker (56-55); Show Low girls take D-III with 68.5 to 51 for runner-up Foountian HIlls and D-IV champs Scottsdale Prep with 116 points over runner-up Pima 65.
The boys teams champs --D-I by a whopping margin went to Desert Vista 109.5 to Tucson's runner-up 52; D-II title to Tolleson 66.5 by 12.5 over Cibola; D-III Snowflake 75.5 by 21 over runner-up Rio Rico and D-IV Scottdale Prep 81 for the repeat to runner-up Yuma Catholic 63.
Mountain Pointe's ending of Chandler's rule of the roost was certainly led by Autumn Smith and her hurdles titles, but it took much more. A couple of high finishes in the 400 relay (first) and 1,.600 relay (second). Enter the field events where plenty of good twas to be found. Tria Seawater-Simmons won the triple jump, took second in the high jump and second in the long jump. Chynna Simmons placed second in the triple jump. Annika Krietenstein nabbed fourth in the pole vault. The throws produced points as well -- Kayleigh Conlon took second in the discus and third in the shot. Onnika Scott was second in the shot and seventh in discus.
Here's a wrap-up by division and gender of top individuals, beginning with D-I:
D-I girls: Desert Vista distance wonder and senior Dani Jones pulled in four golds over the course of the meet Wednesday and Saturday to conclude a brilliant four-year career with eight titles. Jones won the 1,600 and 800 on Wednesday. Saturday she added the 3,200 and ran the anchor leg of the winning 3,200 relay (help from Baylee Jones, Amanda Smith and Haley Wolf). North Canyon senior sprinter Jasmine Stauffacher-Gray nabbed a rare fourpeat in th same event. She won the 400 meters for the fourth year in a row with a time of 54.36. Jones and Stauffacher-Gray were household names this year, but Mountain Pointe's Autumn Smith wasn't shabby on Saturday. Smith won the 100 and 300 hurdles and anchored the 400 relay team to victory. Smith, a junior, unseated defending 300 hurdles champ and friend Stauffacher-Gray in that race. And Smith greatly aided Mountain Pointe's dethroning of Chandler. Chandler's Nastasia Peevy won the 100 and 200.
D-I boys: The hurdle domination of Brophy Prep continued as senior Isaiah Oliver won the 110 highs and 300 intermediates and a relay title. Oliver's time in the 300 hurdles ended up third-best all-time in the state behind two Brophy predecessors -- Bobby Grant and Devon Allen. Oliver's winning time Saturday in the 300 was 36.54.Oliver wasn't through as he anchored the 1,600 relay team to gold.
D-II boys: Prescott senior Simon Paige picked up three golds in the distances -- 3,200 on Wednesday and 1,600 and 800 on Saturday. Independence's Isaih Fuel fell with the lead down the stretch in the 800 allowing Paige to pass and win. Copper Canyon's Julian Coronado-Clark won the 100 and 200.
D-II girls: South Mountain junior sprinter grabbed three golds repeating as 100 and 200 champ and anchoring the 400 relay crown Sahuaro sophomore Brielle Sterns took home two golds winning the long jump 18-1 1/2, and 100 hurdles (14.35). She also was runner-up to repeat 300-hurdle champ Alanis Williams of Youngker.
D-III girls: Monument Valley's Kaitlyn Wayne collected three golds -- all on Saturday. She won the long jump 18-6 1/4, and the 100 and 300 hurdles. Rio Rico sophomore Allie Schadler put in a hearty bid for the state record in the 1,600, but fell just short with a time of 4:45 15. That mark ranks second all-time to Dani Jones (4:44.76). Schadler added the 800 title later in the day and competed in two relays. Blue Ridge's Hannah Flodin won the 100 and 200 after finishing first in the prelims the day before.
D-III boys: The marquee name of the week here beloned to Rio Rico's Carlos Villarreal. Villarreal was all or part of three golds. He set the state record in the 1,600 on Friday at 4:03 and added the 800 meters title Saturday. He also anchored the 3,200 relay to victory.
D-IV girls: Valley Christian senior Ashley Harrison won the triple jump and 100 hurdles. Her victory in the 100 hurdles was her second in as many years. Arete Prep's Crystal Akpede won the 400 and 200. Akpede's win over Kelby Brown in the 200 was by .002 of a second.
D-IV boys: Yuma Catholic senior Treyshon Malone was dominant in taking homefour three golds -- all in individual events. Malone won the 110 and 300 hurdles, the 200 and and the long jump helping his team to a runner-up finish. Scottsdale Prep, which ran away from the field for boys team title, got two golds from Weston Wright in the throws -- 47-1 1/4 in the shot and 155-10 in the discus. Glbert Christian's Logan Pinkerton won 800, 1,600 and anchored the 1,600 relay.