Division I state track and field preview

May 1, 2019 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Chandler's Morgan Foster seeks a third consecutive 800 meter crown and perhaps a shot at regaining a state record time back in the event this week at the D-I state track and field meet at Mesa Community College. (AzPreps365 photo).

Team title races at the 2019 Division I state track and field meet this week likely seem headed for recent repeats.

Chandler girls with top-flight athletes in the bulk of the events should be a shoo-in for state title No. 13 in the last 14 years and a fourth in a row. On the boys side, like last year, Desert Vista and Chandler should duke it out with perhaps Highland's distance talent leading to points for at least a top-five finish. Desert Vista and Chandler have won the last four team titles -- two each. Desert Vista is the defending champ.

Events play out Wednesday May 1 for D-I with lane-event prelims along with some finals at Mesa Community College, the annual home of  state meets for Divisions I through IV.

Day 1 of D-I (and D-II) is Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. with boys javelin. Other selected field events follow at 11:30 (boys and girls high jump, boys pole vault and girls triple jump. At 1 p.m. it's boys long jump and at 2 p.m. it's girls discus and boys shot put.Track event prelims begin at 2:30 p.m. with finals contested Wednesday in boys 4X800 relay, girls 1,600, girls 800 and boys 3,200.

Day 2 for D-I is Saturday May 4 with all other finals contested. Field events begin Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and lane event finals begin at 1:45 p.m..

Here's a look at the returning champions and their resumes plus the top-seeded competitors for boys and girls in each event:



Jaheim Brown-Taylor, Chandler in the 100 and 200; Leo Daschbach, Highland in 1,600; Malik Whitaker, Hamilton in high jump.


Morgan Foster, Chandler in the 800 last two years; Caroline McLeskey, Highland in 1,600; Cierra Tidwell, Highland in high jump last two years; Sevanna Hanson, Desert Vista in pole vault. *Abi Archer, Chaparral won 1,600 and 3.200 in D-II last two years. Competing in D-I this year. *Myreanna Bebe, Queen Creek won 100 hurdles in D-II last year. Competing in D-I this year. *Kenashalee Kerr, Queen Creek won long jump in D-II last year. Competing in D-I this year. *Eden Henderson, Chaparral won pole vault in D-II last year. Competing in D-I this year.

Highland's Leo Daschbach attempts to win three individual events for the second year in a row this week. (Photo courtesy of Harold Smith).TOP PERFORMANCES PRIOR TO STATE MEET


100 meters: Quaron Adams, Chandler - 10.60. 200: Johnnie Blockburger, Tucson - 21.71. 400: Latrell Tellis, Chandler - 48-76. 800: Leo Daschbach, Highland - 1:52.76. 1,600: Leo Daschbach, Highland 4:11.66. 3,200: Leo Daschbach, Highland 8:51.09. 4X100 relay: Chandler - 41.59. 4X400 relay: Chandler - 3:20.38. 4X800 relay: Desert Vista - 8:01.64. 110 hurdles: Koa Tuipala, Desert Ridge - 14.29. 300 hurdles: Ethan Wright, Desert Vista - 37.73. High jump: Malik Whitaker, Hamilton and Alexander Gonzalez, Highland - 6-8. Long jump: Nicolas Nesbitt, Chandler - 22-9 1/2. Triple jump: Connor Ivie, Basha - 46-1. Shot put: Youssef Koudssi, Desert Vista - 56-9. Discus: Jorden Morales, Desert Vista - 179-4. Javelin: Alexander Ramirez, Mountain Pointe - 200-11. Pole vault: Austin Cox, Mesa Mtn. View and Timothy Ellis, Valley Vista - 16-2.


100 meters:  Trinity Henderson, Chandler - 12.08. 200: Trinity Henderson, Chandler - 24.33. 400: Jocelyn Johnson, Chandler - 55.78. 800: Morgan Foster, Chandler - 2:06.13. 1,600: Morgan Foster, Chandler - 4:47.03. 3,200: Caroline McLeskey, Highland - 10:25.76. 4X100: Chandler - 47.41. 4X400: Chandler --3:43.50. 4X800: Red Mountain - 9:41.61. 100 hurdles: Myreanna Bebe, Queen Creek - 13.81. 300 hurdles: Sarah Marske, Mtn. View - 44.18. High jump: Cierra Tidwell, Highland - 5-10. Long jump: Myreanna Bebe, Queen Creek and Jessie Boult, Red Mountain - 18-6. Triple jump: Kenashalee Kerr, Queen Creek - 38-9. Shot put: Ciera Jackson, Chandler - 42-8 1/2. Discus: Ciera Jackson, Chandler - 143-0. Javelin: Makayla Hunter, Chandler - 133-6. Pole vault: Sevanna Hanson, Desert Vista - 13-2.