There were hurdles, blocks and bars all over the track Saturday at Mesa Community College.
And not just the physical ones essential to any track and field event.
Athletes from all around the state put on a performance that required getting through mental hurdles, setting the bar higher with new state records and some had to block out the pain in order to finish an event.
Those that do usually find themselves on the winner’s podium at the state meet.
Several area athletes were able to do just that and here are some of the accomplishments.
Division I boys
Mountain Pointe sophomore Paul Lucas came into the event holding the state’s best times in the 100, 200 and 400 with the hopes of pulling off the tri-fecta.
He just missed after winning the 100 (10.44, fifth fastest time in AZ history) and 400 (47.48) before settling for second (21.10) in the 200 to Brophy senior and Oregon recruit Devon Allen (20.98).
Lucas edged Allen in the 100, but wasn’t unable to match Allen’s final kick of the night.
“Beating Devon Allen ain’t easy,” Lucas said. “I stumbled out of the blocks and in the state finals you have to be perfect. I feel like I had a great day, just couldn’t pull it off. I am happy with my season and I’m ready to keep working all year long.”
His senior teammate Kejavon Moore finished third (10.79) in the 100 and second in the 400 (48.30).
Desert Vista’s Dylan Fischer doubled his gold medal count as the senior won the shot put with a throw of 60-05 to go with the discus title he won on Wednesday.
The Thunder’s Scott Marshall was part of history as five individuals broke 16 feet in the pole vault for the first time in state history as he finished third after clearing 16-6, but was unable to match the 17-0 effort of Horizon champion Grant Sisserson.
“I was disappointed,” said Marshall, who came in as the top seed at 17-1. “I wanted to PR and win a state championship. I wasn’t connecting well and it was frustrating. It always helps to have competition to push you. I jumped pretty good, but I know I could have done better.”
The Pride finished third behind Brophy and Corona del Sol, while the Thunder were fifth.
Division I girls
The Thunder girls came on strong in the discus as junior Makenzie Holmes-Digiovine, the top seed, won it with a toss of 138-06 and senior Victoria Wadsworth was second at 134-11, which was 7 1/2 feet further than her seeded throw.
Pride senior Kevina Godfrey went out in style by finishing second in the long jump with a personal best of 18-08.75 and placing in the 100 (fifth, 12.28) and 200 (sixth, 25.05).
Desert Vista freshman Shannon Fritz finished fifth in the high jump (5-02) to help the Thunder to a second-place finish.
The Thunder won the 4x800 as sophomore Dani Jones picked up her third gold as the anchor and she added a silver after finishing second in the 3200.
Horizon Honors senior Samantha Weeman, who is attending Warner Pacific in the fall to continue her career, had a quad injury but gutted it out to win the 300 hurdles (47.60) and finish second in the 200.
“All these girls have motivation to beat me, but I wasn’t going to let it happen,” Weeman said. “It was awesome. It’s my final state meet and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from running.”
The Eagles’ Connor Pendleton, a junior, finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 23.26 and eight in the 100.
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