AZ prep runners win with speed at Sprints Showcase

Local high school athletes made an impressive showing in the first Arizona Sprints Showcase, as the girls dominated three of the five sprint and hurdle events and the boys were paced by Devon Allen and Robert Grant from Brophy Prep.

The inaugural event, put together by the High School Sports Division of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, was designed to provide a stage for the best high school sprinters around the country.

According to organizers, the top three boys and girls from each state were invited to compete in the Showcase, held at Chandler High School.  It would be hard to call the response a national representation, but around a dozen teams did show up to compete in desert heat that topped the 100-degree mark.

A good representation of southwestern states, including California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado formed the nucleus of the top talent.  Add to that participants from Florida, Kansas, and Missouri and you have a decent field to get the ball rolling.

Ky Westbrook, the outstanding junior-to-be at Chandler High, enabled her school to win three of the five events on the girls’ side, as she became the only dual winner of the day.  Westbrook clocked a 11.94 time in the 100 meters and 24.29 in the 200 meters.

Both events were swept by the Arizona athletes, with the top three places in the 100 and top four in the 200 going to locals.

Micha Crunkelton-Wilson from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson finished behind Westbrook in the 100 meters with a time of 12.01, followed by Sasha Jarett from Raymond Kellis High posting a 12.60 for third place.  In the 200 meters it was Westbrook, Crunkelton-Wilson, Jarett, and Kilee Hagerstrand from Marana High in fourth with a time of 25.80.

Westbrook is the state champion in both events, with her time of 11.42 in the 100 meters ranked as the third-fastest time in Arizona prep history.  She is ranked No. 14 in the nation.

Arizona also swept the 100 hurdles, as Sherelle Jordan from Chandler High won the event in a time of 14.28.  Teammate Makaila Franklin came in third (14.53), behind Hamilton High‘s Ashley Moore (14.34).

The final girls’ win was in the 400 meters, where Tatum Wagner from Pinnacle High in Phoenix posted a 58.99 winning time.  A top-five finish was also recorded in the 300 hurdles, where Ariel Gregoire from Boulder Creek High in Anthem took fourth place with a time of 48.77.

On the boys’ side, Brophy’s Allen won the 110 hurdles in a time of 13.92 and then recorded a couple of third-place finishes in the 100 meters (10.62) and 200 meters (21.12).

Allen was nosed out of the two sprint titles by Khalfani Muhammad, the California state champion in both the 100m and 200m, and Tremayne Acy from Texas.  Khalfani won the 100 in 10.56, followed by Acy in 10.59; Acy won the 200 (20.98) and Khalfani took runner-up (21.00).

The other local boys’ win was in the 300 hurdles, where Brophy’s Grant cleared the course in 37.95.

There were also a few top-5 finishes, including a second-place in the 400 meters by Kyle Elliott from Dobson High in Mesa (50.62), and a pair of fourth-place finishes by Preston Holding from Cactus Shadows High in Cave Creek.  Holding ran the 110 hurdles in 15.09 and the 300 hurdles in 39.46.