Ky Westbrook took a big step toward her goal of being able to compete as a heptathlete in college, winning the shot-put competition at yesterday’s Chandler City Meet.
Not just winning it, but also setting a state record. Her toss of 47’9″ erased a mark that has stood for 33 years.
And the field events are not where the junior at Chandler High School normally excels. She’s a sprinter, arguably the best in the state for the past few years. The junior won state titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters as a freshman, and again as a sophomore – and will likely be favored to repeat again next month.
So far this year she swept both events at the Chandler Rotary Invitational in late March, won the 100 a couple of weeks later at the Arcadia Invitational, and yesterday showed she is much more than just a fast runner. The kid’s an athlete. Period.
And while Westbrook was setting yet another record here in Arizona, the other shining star in prep track & field had just returned from California where he added another huge win to his resume.
Devon Allen, the senior sensation from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, captured first place in the 110 hurdles at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. His time of 13.50 broke the old state record of 13.52 – which he set last year. When he first broke the old record of 13.69, last year at the Chandler Invitational, he took down a state mark that had been on the books for 32 years.
The Relays, which just completed 55 consecutive years of competition, draw a high school field from across the country that always includes state champions in just about every event, often setting top state and national marks.
For Allen, who has been hobbled since football season with an ankle injury suffered in a playoff game, this was just his third race of the year. After limiting his participation to mostly relay events lately, he won the 110-meter hurdles and finished second in the 300 meters at the Arcadia Invite as a final tune-up before stepping up to the elite competition offered at Mt. San Antonio College last weekend.
The larger game plan for the speedster, once his final state competition is behind him, includes competing in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June.
Also in the field at the Mt. SAC was one of Arizona’s premier high school distance runners, Bernie Montoya. The senior from Cibola High School in Yuma finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:09.18 and runner-up in the 800 meters, finishing that event in a time of 1:52.40.