MESA - And they are off.
The first day of the state track meet began on Wednesday and the area athletes held their own per usual.
The day was split between final meets and preliminaries for Saturday's big day.
Mountain Pointe's Paul Lucas cruised to the finals in his three sprints as he clocked a 10.41 (school record) in the 100, 21.05 in the 200 and 46.9 in the 400.
He will go for the rare tri-fecta on Saturday.
Before the big show plenty of other athletes earned gold on Wednesday.
Desert Vista's Dani Jones won the 3200 in 10 minutes and :34.16 seconds, while sister Baylee Jones was second at 10:45.32 and teammates Mason Swenson was third at 10:56.84.
The Thunder had at least one other champion in senior Makenzie Holmes-Digiovine, who defended her title on her second to last throw with a throw of 142 feet and 9 inches.
The Desert Vista girls 4x800 relay team posted the third best time in Arizona history.
Problem is Highland is had the second fastest time.
Highland girls nipped Desert Vista at 9:03.90 with Desert Vista at 9:03.94.
Other final results were:
Mountain Pointe’s Morgan Green finished eighth in the girls high jump at 5-02.
The Thunder’s Jakob Alme finished second in the pole vault at 15 feet behind Hamilton’s Connor Stevens (15-03), while sophomore Connor Watson finished fourth in the triple jump at 46-03.25.
Desert Vista senior Jarell Lister finished fifth in the shot put at 50-02 and Ben Davis finished third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:23.70.
Desert Vista senior Damali Britton finished fifth in the long jump with a personal best leap of 17-05.5 and sophomore Shannon Fritz finished tied for sixth in the high jump at 5-02.
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