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State track: Long day ends with medals galore

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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:19 pm | Updated: 11:50 pm, Sat May 12, 2012.

MESA - The schedule at the Arizona state track might have been all discombobulated but the athletes never seemed disjointed.

They just kept pushing, achieving and coming home with medals.

Because of Wednesday's untimely storm many of the Division I and Division II preliminaries were pushed until Friday or even Saturday.

It made for a long day and one that will be remembered for a very long time as several area athletes set personal record on the state’s biggest stage for track on Saturday at Mesa Community College’s Riggs Stadium.

While the Mountain Pointe boys 4x100 relay team garners most of the attention for setting the state record in 40.46 seconds and Travonn White did his thing in winning the long jump over teammate Ben Trotter that can be read about in separate stories, others deserve recognition as well.

Desert Vista’s Dylan Fischer had a few days to clear his head after underperforming in the shot put on Wednesday, but the junior managed to put it together in the discus on Saturday.

He finished third in Division I by smashing his personal record by more than 11 feet as he came through with a toss of 167 feet, 3-inches after never clearing 156 before.

“I had to show something after (his poor effort ) the shot,” said Fischer, who had three straight fouls in the shot where he was the top seed. “My timing was off. I came back and showed that I can compete when it counts most.”

His throwing mate Ryan Hawkinson finished fifth in the shot with an effort of 55-07.5. Mackenzie Holmes-Digiovine was third in the discus at 126-10 in the girls meet.

DV’s freshman Dani Jones finished fourth in the 1600 with a PR time of 5 minute and 03.51 seconds and followed it up with another PR as she placed third place n the 800 in 2:14.34.

“I felt strong and ready,” Jones said after the 1600. “I was under control and had my best time by two seconds.”

Desert Vista junior Carter Macey finished second in the 3200 run with a time of 9:30.33, while the Desert Vista girls 4x400 team finished sixth with a time of 4:00.98.

In the boys pole vault, Desert Vista senior Matt Arsenau finished fifth with an effort of 15-feet, 6-inches, while junior Scott Marshall was seventh at 14-06. Desert Vista freshman Vanessa Davis was the top-seeded competitor in the girls pole vault but finished third with an effort of 11-09.

Horizon Honors sophomore Mikaela Martin led the Eagles as she finished fifth in the Division IV 1600 meter run and fourth in the 3200 run with a time of 12:11.22, junior April Vidal was seventh in the 400 with a time of 1:04.14. Junior Samantha Weeman was sixth in 300 hurdles.

Mountain Pointe’s other top performers included junior Kevina Godfrey as she finished third in the 100 with a time of 12.10 and fifth in the 200 at 25.49. She was also the anchor on the 4x100 team that finished second to Chandler.

The Pride finished in 47.82 with the contingent of junior Kelsie Hale, sophomore Shannon Jackson, senior Shaman Bailey and Godfrey as Chandler won in 46.86.

In the girls long jump, Mountain Pointe’s Shaman Bailey was fourth at 17-09.

In addition to his two other medals, Trotter finished third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.62 seconds and competed in the 200 as well, but the results weren’t posted.

The Mountain Pointe boys finished third in the team standings with 46 points, while Chandler won with 96 and Brophy was second at 63 points. The Desert Vista boys were 10th with 27 points.

The Desert Vista girls finished sixth as Chandler cruised to the title. Mountain Pointe was eighth.

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

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