State track records fall as Brophy, Chandler win D-I titles

Brophy Prep won its second Division I boys’ state track championship in the last three years over the weekend, riding on the back of three individual titles from Devon Allen.  But the feat pales in comparison to the eighth straight title the Chandler High girls just added to their string of domination in the sport.

Allen’s championship performance of 13.59 in the 110 high hurdles secured his second consecutive title in that event, and then the senior went on to win the 300 hurdles (36.87) and the 200 (20.98).

Last year he broke a state record in the 110 hurdles that had stood for 32 years, and then came back earlier this year and ran a 13.52 to break his own record.

The Broncos tallied 85 points for the win, followed by runner-up Corona del Sol High School from Tempe with 70, and Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix with 55.

Cibola High School did not finish in the running, but its incredible senior distance runner, Bernie Montoya, made a huge statement with his performances in the 800 and 1600 meters.  He set state records in both events as he now looks ahead to beginning a new career at the college level, where he will be running for Arizona State.

Montoya won his third straight title in the 1,600 in a time of 4:05.89 that missed the state record by less than a second, but did set a new state record in the 800 with a time of 1:50.19.

In the girls’ competition, it was the Chandler girls all the way as they easily outran the field again this year, scoring 139 points to secure their eighth straight team title.  Desert Vista High School rode three individual titles by Dani Jones to a second-place finish with 84 points, and third place went to Mountain View High School with 61 points.

Jones won the 800 and 1,600, and ran a leg of the winning 4×800 relay.

But it was Ky Westbrook and Makaila Flannigan that carried the Chandler Wolves to victory.  Westbrook broke a state record that has stood for almost a decade to win the 200 meters (23.39) and then clocked a 11.45 to win the 100 dash, putting her at No. 3 on the list of all-time fastest in the state in the 100.

The junior has never lost in the state competition in the 100 and 200, winning her third straight title in both events and establishing her as one of the most dominant runners in state history.  And she still has another year to compete.

Flannigan, a senior, repeated as state champion in both the 100 hurdles (14.00) and the 300 hurdles (42.61).  Her time in the 300 hurdles is also the third-fastest in state history.

Also wrapping up an absolutely dominating high school career was Sarah Fakler.  She helped Xavier Prep to a fifth-place finish (38.5 points) by winning the 3,200 meters in a time of 10:30.34.  The premier girls’ distance runner in the state, she was recently named to her third straight Gatorade Arizona Cross Country Runner of the Year award.  She’s be running for the University of Virginia next year.

In Division II…

Raymond S. Kellis High School claimed the boys’ team championship, a win fueled by Deon Parks, who won the 200 in a time of 22.07 and finished fourth in the 100, and by the 4×100 relay team that clocked a 41.9 for the win.  Dedrick Harris won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles to lead Queen Creek High School to the runner-up finish.

On the girls’ side it was Salpointe Catholic finishing well ahead of the field with 88 points, more than double the 43 accumulated by runner-up Tempe High.  Ironwood Ridge High was third with 37.5 points.

The Salpointe run-away was almost all the work of a dynamic duo that combined for seven individual titles.  Alyssa Thompson won both hurdle events and then moved to the infield to pocket titles in the long jump and triple jump.  Michaela Crunkleton Wilson cleaned up in the sprints, winning the 100, 200, and 400.

This year’s championships erased two of the top marks in the state record books for the 300 hurdles.  As noted above, Chandler’s Flannigan, competing in Division I, set the third-fastest time in the event.  Thompson’s time in the Division II competition was actually faster than that; her 42.55 earned her the second-place spot.