The pause was all that needed to be said.

Mountain Pointe Olympic medalist Will Claye was having a great time at the 74th annual Chandler Relays in the infield with his fellow honorees Bryce Lamb, Markus Wheaton and Dion Jordan.

When athletes of that caliber get together all kinds of foolishness can happen while they reminisce and ridicule each other.

And they were getting after it pretty good, but when Paul Lucas and a few others toed the starting line they became fans like everyone else.

Of course Claye was tuned into to Lucas, who he has known for years, and is on a similar career path as himself.

“He’s just special, just special,” Claye said.

Lucas has been getting plenty of attention after he won the 100 and 400 state titles, while finishing second in the 200 at last year’s state meet. It only multiplied when Lucas scored on the first play of scrimmage in the fall in setting the tone for the Pride’s state title run.

It will only increase this week if he tops the field at this weekend’s Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles.

None of it has seemed to change Lucas’ approach or his modesty he has shown since helping Mountain Pointe set the state record in the 4x100 relay as a freshman.

“He’s got great people – his family, coach (Larry) Todd – around him that wouldn’t let (a big head) happen,” Claye said. “He’s setting himself up for a great career long past high school and I can’t wait to see where it goes.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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