Chandler High School won the boys’ Division I state team title over the weekend, but Trae Armstrong and Devon Allen held center stage for most of the day. And neither is a Chandler student.
Armstrong, from Deer Valley High School in Glendale, swept the three sprint events, but on two of them, the only way Allen could have been any closer to him at the tape was to be riding on his shoulders. Armstrong beat Allen in the 100 meters and 200 meters in an incredibly thin margin of a hundredth of a second in each.
It was a 10.48 to 10.49 finish in the 100, and a 20.74 to 20.75 finish in the 200. Only two runners in Arizona high school history have beaten those times in the 100, so Armstrong and Allen get a place in the record books at third- and fourth-fastest.
Armstrong graduates this year, so Allen won’t get another chance at beating him. But that might mean a couple of extra titles for the Brophy Prep junior next year.
Armstrong also won the 400 meters in a time of 46.84 and Allen took the titles in the 110 hurdles (13.58) and 300 hurdles (36.94).
At last year’s state meet, Allen posted the best time in the nation for a sophomore in the 110 high hurdles, finishing in 13.90 seconds. But he was beat by Westwood High‘s Cameron Taylor, who posted a 13.80 time in his final event as a senior. Armstrong’s 13.58 this year would have also beat last year’s winning mark – and it wasn’t even his best; that was 13.52, run earlier in the season.
The Chandler boys’ team was also helped by Travis Colby‘s first-place throw of 172’10″ in the discus and a title run by the 4×400 relay team. The foursome of Deselle Dean, Paul Perkins, Javon Williams, and Toure Price clocked a winning time of 3:15.52.
In the 4×100 relay, the Mountain Pointe High School squad set a new state record. Kejavon Moore, Travonn White, Paul Lucas, and Ben Trotter combined to post a sizzling 40.46 for the win and the record.
Chandler turned the tables on Brophy this year, beating out the Broncos for the boys’ team championship with 107.5 points to Brophy’s 63. Last year, Brophy edged out the Wolves by four points.
Third place went to Mountain Pointe (46 pts), followed by Cibola High (35) and a tie at 33 between Deer Valley and Hamilton High.
On the girls’ side of the competition, Chandler hasn’t had to worry about anyone taking their title away for the better part of a decade. This state title for the Chandler girls is the seventh in a row.
Ky Westbrook and Makaila Flannigan were a two-person wrecking crew, cleaning up in the running events to lead the Wolves to 147 team points, more than doubling the 63 points accumulated by second-place Highland High. Hamilton High finished in third with 52, followed by Xavier Prep with 49 and Mesa Mountain View with 35.
Westbrook took individual titles in the 100 meters (11.42) and 200 meters (24.15), and then joined with Kennedy Brown, Tope Williams, and Taylor Patton to post a winning time of 46.86 in the 4×100 relay. Westbrook’s time in the 100 meters is the third-fastest girls’ high school time in that event in Arizona history.
Flannigan titled in the hurdles, winning the 100 in 14.36 to make it a 1-2 Chandler win in that event; teammate Sherrelle Jordan was runner-up in 14.44. Flannigan posted a time of 43.18 in winning the 300 hurdles.
The bad news for the rest of the field is that both Westbrook, a sophomore, and Flannigan, a junior, will be back next year.
Chandler also won the girls’ 4×400 relay in a time of 3:51.47, posted by Adams, Broom, Jackson, and Bacall Sterling. And in the 400 meters, Jasmin Stauffacher-Gray kept the Wolves from a 1-2-3 sweep. The North Canyon High School freshman finished in first place with a time of 56.34, followed by Chandler’s Dominique Jackson (57.00) and Adams.
Xavier Prep continues to own the distance events, as Sarah Fakler and Laura Orlie gave the Gators a 1-2 finish in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Fakler won the 1,600 in 4:58.63 and took the 3,200 with a winning time of 10:33.45.
Both wins are repeat championships for Fakler, who will return next year for her senior campaign.
However, she will have to find someone else in the Gator program to help push her next year. Orlie graduates this month.