Commentary

AIA state finals

Arizona's best compete for team and individual titles in four divisions.

Updated: May 15, 2012, 4:43 PM ET
By Doug Binder | ESPNHS.com

Bernie MontoyaJohn Nepolitan/ESPNHSBernie Montoya (Ieft) leapt into everyone's national radar with his 8:48.25 for second at the Arcadia 3200.

Trae's Triple: 10.48 (100), 20.74 (200), 46.84 (400)

Mountain Pointe boys smash 4x100 state record with 40.46

Devon Allen sweeps hurdles, runs 10.49 and 20.75 in losses to Armstrong



LINKS:

  • Montoya's mettle forged by Arizona heat
  • Wednesday session cut short by thunderstorm
    ALSO:
  • The Arizona Republic's Richard Obert reports on the off-track drama this week caused by missed deadlines, court orders and compressed schedules

    CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

    SATURDAY
    Division I
    *B-4x100: Mountain Pointe ran a sensational US#2 40.46 to break the Arizona state record. The quartet had run a best of 41.02 before putting it all together at state.
    *B-100: In the first of two blockbuster showdowns, Trae Armstrong of Deer Valley edged Devon Allen of Brophy Prep 10.48 to 10.49 with 0.0 wind, good for US#8 and 9.
    *B-200: Once again, Armstrong and Allen push each other to the brink, this time running US# 20.74 and US#3 20.75, becoming the third and fourth-fastest performers in state history.
    *B-400: A huge PR for Armstrong as he runs US#9 46.84 to defeat Javon Williams of Chandler (US#13 46.97).
    *B-110/300H: Allen shines in sweep, running 13.58 and 36.94.
    *B-3200: Bernie Montoya won his third title in two days, sweeping the distances by running 9:08.70.
    *B-4x400: Capping a great day of sprinting in the state of Arizona, Chandler locked up the team championship by running US#13 3:15.52.
    *G-100/200: Ky Westbrook of Chandler ran a wind-aided 11.42 (3.4w) to win by more than half a second. She also won the 200 with a wind-legal 24.15.
    *G-1600: For the second day in a row, Xavier Prep duo Sarah Fakler and Laura Orlie went 1-2, this time by less than a second. Fakler ran 4:58.63 to Orlie's 4:58.93.
    Division II
    *G-100/300H: Jaide Stepter of Canyon Del Oro ran US#9 42.01, completing a hurdles double. She also won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.43.

    FRIDAY
    Division I
    *B-1600: Bernie Montoya of Cibola repeated his state title, running 4:14.69, with Rincon's Ryan Silva next in 4:17.00. And for the second year in a row, Montoya won the title with one shoe. Unlike last year, Montoya paused to put his shoe back on, falling far behind the leaders, but he kept his composure and tracked them down.
    *B-800: Montoya doubled back to win a fiercely competitive race in 1:52.49 as five runners ran faster than 1:55.
    *G-3200: Xavier Prep duo Sarah Fakler and Laura Orlie went 1-2, with Fakler taking the win in 10:33.45. Orlie ran 10:42.42.

    Division II
    B-800/1600: Junior Andy Trouard of Salpointe Catholic successfully doubled, running 1:56.46 and 4:19.70.
    G-3200: Sophomore Tatiana Gilick of Flagstaff won in 11:18.51.

    WEDNESDAY
    Division I
    *G-LJ: Makaila Flannigan of Chandler got her team on the scoreboard with a victory at 18-8.50 (1.5w).
    * B-TJ: Robert Metz of Canyon Del Oro won it with 47-00.25 (0.0w).
    *G-4x800: Highland ran 9:15.38 to beat Xavier Prep by more than eight seconds.
    *G-HJ: Sophomore Emily Gerard of Catalina Foothills made 5-6 for the win.
    *B-110H: Devon Allen of Brophy Prep ran an impressive 13.97 in the prelims.
    *B-SP: Shawn Collins of Chandler won the shot put title with 58-10.25.

    Division II
    * G-4x800: Flagstaff ran 9:41.58 for the win.

    Division IV
    *B-4x800: Valley Christian ran 8:12.88 for the win.